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SSPI Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter (US)

Serves: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia

The SSPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter boasts an energetic and active chapter, with educational and networking events throughout the year. These events support our scholarship activities, allowing the Chapter to award more than $173,000 to space and satellite related educational programs and area university students over the past 14 years. 

Scholarship Programs

The SSPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter's scholarship program provides grants each year to three Mid-Atlantic area universities to support students pursuing studies space- and satellite-related studies. 

In addition, each spring, the Chapter hosts a student prize competition, modeled after the Pelton Prize and developed in consultation with Dr. Joseph N. Pelton, former Dean of the International Space University and Vice Chairman and Founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, among many other positions and honors. During the competition, graduate and undergraduate engineering students present their projects to a panel of judges, made up of industry experts, who evaluate the students' projects via Q&A, scoring them on technical, presentation and other criteria to determine the winners in three different categories.

Since 2006, the SSPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter has awarded

  • More than $23,000 to 30 individuals through our annual student prize competition
  • $27,000 to 9 individual scholarship recipients
  • $44,000 through 11 donations to George Mason University
  • $39,000 through 10 donations to George Washington University
  • $34,000 through 9 donations to the University of Maryland
  • $6,000 in special grants to fund school projects related to NASA and experiments on the ISS


2020-2021 Board

President: Fabien Armogathe, LyteLoop Technologies
Vice-President & Treasurer: Eileen McGowan, Intelsat
Secretary: Pat Rayerman, Linquest
Immediate Past President: Charity Weeden, Astroscale

Executive Committees:
Scholarships Chair: Amit Katti, SES Government Solutions
Publicity Chair: Iban Ibanez DomenechNASA
Mentorship Chair : Alena Koci, Inmarsat Government
Membership Chair: Jing Li, SES
Programs Co-Chair: Marie-Pierre Pluvinage, Airbus
Programs Co-Chair: Arnie Christianson, SES

Stephanie Bednarek, SpaceX
Justin Park, Intergalacticeducation
Mark Lekowski, JSAT International
Dara Panahy, Milbank
Valvanera Moreno, SES 
Ashley Bander, AIA Aerospace
Britt Lewis, Inmarsat Government
Carolyn Cuppernull, Inmarsat Government
George KnizewskiCEO Knight Sky LLC


Student Board Observers:
Keir Daniels, GWU
Jay Deroukhar, GMU

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Online Space Industry Resources

Check our these research resources for Students and Young Professionals in the Space and Satellite Industry. Compiled by our friends at the Satellite Industry Assocation