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SSPI Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter (US)

Serves: Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia

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. 

Spring Fundraiser hosted by Mintz


Registration has closed, but you can still participate in our silent auction and help us raise some money.

Visit: to view and bid on items to raise money for scholarships:

  • Several sets of Nationals tickets, including Star Wars night
  • A gin-lover's basket
  • A boubon gift box
  • A foursome at this year's SSPI MA Golf Outing on August 25th (more details here)
  • A $500 Apple gift card
  • A drone
  • A three-bottle lot of space-themed wine (we have 4 of these!)
  • A NOOK event pod for semi-private meetings at your next conference
  • A GPS watch
  • A private wine class
  • A dining experience at The Conche
  • A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne model
  • An original canvas-printed, framed photo
  • A Keurig mini brewer with 40 coffee pods


Thank you to our event sponsors!

Scholarship Programs

The 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 partnership with The George Washington University, George Mason University and The University of Maryland, scholarship awards have supported 33 scholarships totaling $132,000.

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. During the competition, graduate and undergraduate engineering students present their projects to a panel 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.

2021-2022 Board

President (2021-2022): Eileen McGowan, Intelsat
Vice President (2021-2022): Marie-Pierre Pluvinage, Airbus
Secretary (2021-2023): Pat Rayerman, Linquest
Treasurer (2021-2023): Brian Hult, Omnispace
Immediate Past President (2021-2022): Fabien Armogathe, OneWeb

Executive Committees:
Scholarship Co-Chairs (2021-2023): Mark Lekowski, JSAT International & Keir Daniels, GWU
Membership Chair (2020-2022): Jing Li, SES
Mentorship Chair (2021-2023): Alena Koci, Inmarsat Government
Programs Chair (2020-2022): Arnie Christianson
Publicity Chair (2022-2023): Blake Wiles

(2020-2022) Ashley Bander, AIA Aerospace
(2020-2022) Stephanie Bednarek, SpaceX
(2021-2023) Vincenzo Cordaro, SES Government
(2020-2022) Carolyn Cuppernull, SES Government
(2021-2023) Jodi Goldberg, Wiley Rein, LLP
(2020-2022) Amit Katti, SES Government Solutions
(2021-2023) David Kaufman, Amazon
(2020-2022) George KnizewskiCEO Knight Sky LLC
(2020-2022) Britt Lewis, Inmarsat Government
(2020-2022) Justin Park, Intergalactic Education
Counsel to SSPI: Dara Panahy, Milbank


Student Board Observers:
(2021-2022) Jay Deorukhkar, 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