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Welcome to the SSPI Mid-Atlantic 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 program and prize competition, which we hold in partnership with the George Washington University, George Mason University and the University of Maryland.

Photos and Highlights from our April Event: Student Competition

Check here for photos from our annual Student Scholarship Competition, where representatives from local universities presented their research on the new technologies and applications that will shape the future of the space and satellite industries. 

Photos from our March Event: Mars Missions: Past, Present, and Future

On March 15th, SSPI-MA and NASA hosted a fascinating presentation on the science that makes up the latest exploration missions to the red planet. We were joined by Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Lead Scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program.

Check out photos and a description of the event here:

Thank You for Making This Year's Winter Fundraiser a Smashing Success!

On January 24th, more than 100 members and guests joined SSPI Mid-Atlantic for our Annual Winter Fundraiser. We enjoyed delicious food and drink, comradery with our industry friends, and great prize winnings.

Many thanks to SES Government Solutions who hosted the event and co-sponsored with SSL, the Keynote speech SSL, the producers of the new documentary Space Inc. for their address to our guests, to our many many sponsors who donated auction and raffle prizes, and to you for attending! 

We were able to raise nearly $15,000 (A RECORD AMOUNT!) in ticket sales, raffle and auction proceeds. This is vitally needed for our Scholarship Program. We can't thank you enough for making this another great event and we wait to see you at our next social event!

Our Board Leadership

Many thanks to all of you who submitted your names for SSPI Mid-Atlantic Board membership. And thanks also goes to those who placed their votes for the new Board. SSPI-MA is happy to welcome many new members who are ready to bring their unique vantage points and industry expertise to bear. We also have several experienced Board representatives carrying on, some in new leadership roles.


The 2020-2021 Board:
President: Fabien Armogathe, SES
Vice-President: Rashid Neighbors, SES Government Solutions
Treasurer: Eileen McGowan, Intelsat
Secretary: Pat Rayerman, Linquest
Scholarships Chair: Amit Katti, SES Government Solutions
Mentorship Chair:
Alena Koci, Inmarsat Government
Publicity Chair: Iban Ibanez Domenech, NASA

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 Knizewski, CEO Knight Sky LLC
Keir Daniels, GWU
Jay Deroukhar, GMU



On behalf of the new SSPI-MA Board, we all look forward to seeing you all at many events this season!

What's coming.....

Upcoming Events


Have you read our latest Spring newsletter?

Details from our March 2019 Mars Missions Event:


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

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