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FSGC and Space Florida funded research project (Dr. Jayan Thomas, Univ. of Central Fl) selected as a finalist for a 2015 R&D 100 Award

FSGC and Space Florida  funded research project (Dr. Jayan Thomas, UCF) selected as a finalist for a 2015 R&D 100 Award

Research project led by Dr. Jayan Thomas at the University of Central Florida titled “Energy transmitting and storing cables” has been selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine as a finalist for a 2015 R&D 100 Award in the Mechanical Devices/Materials category. This project was partially funded by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium and Space Florida through the Florida Space Research Program. An R&D 100 Award recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the past year.

Space Florida’s representative to the NASA FSGC Advisory Board, Dr. Ryan Kobrick, selected as one of the six Young Space Leaders by the IAF

Space Florida’s representative to the NASA FSGC Advisory Board, Dr. Ryan Kobrick, selected as one of the six Young Space Leaders by the IAF

The IAF is proud to present the 2015 Young Space Leaders!

Those 6 students and young professionals were chosen by the Young Space Leaders Recognition Selection Committee composed of six higly experienced space stakeholders. They will attend the IAC Gala Dinner as guests of the IAF President and the IAC registration fees will be waived for the year of their induction.

Ryan L. Kobrick

My name is Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick and I have the ‘space bug’. As I have explored our planet, all of my efforts have been to catalyze space technology development, with a personal passion for human spaceflight. During the day, I am the Project Manager for Research and Development at Space Florida managing competitions, grants, and educational programs. During the night, I am the Chairman and President of Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party, helping connect people across the globe April 12th to celebrate and honor the past, present, and future of human spaceflight. My path from a chronic academic (Bachelors, two Master’s, PhD focused on Bioastronautics and lunar dust, and Postdoc) into the commercial space industry has taken me to “Mars” in Utah four times, to the High Canadian Arctic for a four-month Mars simulation, to eight IAC events around the world, and allowed me to help fly payloads to the International Space Station. Being a Canadian-American dual citizen has opened opportunities in both of my countries and given me a unique perspective on international cooperation. As an engineer who believes that the universal language is mathematics, I know that our future will involve more ‘cross-ocean’ partnerships as we sail towards the stars for all of humanity out of necessity to evolve. Or as my SEDS friends would say, “Space or Die”. I am proud to serve on the IAF Workforce Development/Young Professionals Program Committee (since 2010) and the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee (inducted 2015), to help keep our successor ‘Next Gen’ members prepared. I have been in two Young Professionals Plenaries (2009 Moderator, 2010 Panelist) and had thirteen IAC papers with another on the way. Each experience has strengthened my international connections and taught me more about our diverse cultures, which is what brings us together.


Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Announce 2015 Summer Interns

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Announce 2015 Summer Interns

May 28, 2015

EXPLORATION PARK, FL (MAY 28, 2015) – Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium have selected two Florida University students to participate in the 2015 Florida Space Internship Program, supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields at the university level.

The two University of Florida students, Lauren Brown and Nicholas Cullen, will be working on research projects alongside their mentors at the Space Life Sciences Center (SLSL), located on Exploration Park property at Kennedy Space Center. This full-time STEM internship gives the students access to an abundance of resources at the SLSL.

Brown will be working on a project researching a Dust Atmospheric Recovery Technology (DART) System, under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger, while Cullen’s project, Generating Metabolic Networks of the Modern Stromatolite Microbiome, will take place under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Foster.

“This really is a dream Internship,” said NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Director Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ph.D. “Students have an opportunity to do actual research with outstanding mentors at a world class facility within the Space Life Sciences Laboratory and I believe this hands-on Internship provides tangible results for all involved while still fostering academic achievement.”

The internship runs from June 1 through August 7, 2015. Interns will each receive a $5,000 sponsorship award to pay for their research. The program will conclude with the students presenting their findings and work accomplishments to a gathering of mentors and other space industry guests at the SLSL.

“This program gives hands-on experience to our next generation of space and aerospace employees,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “We are fortunate to have resources like the SLSL that allow these students an immersive space-related work experience. We couldn’t be prouder to host Lauren and Nicholas as this year’s interns.”

To learn more about the Florida Space Internship Program, visit

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About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed.

About Florida Space Grant Consortium: Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) is a NASA sponsored program led by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and administered by the Florida Space Institute at UCF. It is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges. The Consortium also includes the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, Space Florida, Kennedy Space Center, and Orlando Science Center. FSGC supports the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry, through providing grants, scholarships, and fellowships to students and educators from Florida’s public and private institutes of higher education.


FSGC Affiliate representative from Space Florida, Dr. Ryan Kobrick, featured in a Florida Today article

Space Florida’s representative to FSGC, Dr. Ryan Kobrick was featured in an article in Florida Today for his role in celebrating human spaceflight through the Yuris Night program. Please click on the link below to read the article[%27285e5b1dacc748929aafd37cefd792da%27]


NASA FSGC Funds Robotic Team at Florida Keys Community College

The Citizen – Key West:
BY GENA PARSONS Special to the Citizen

NASA FSGC Funds Robotic Team at Florida Keys Community College

A special course at Florida Keys Community College this semester connects students with NASA to fuel dreams of reaching for the stars.

For the first time, the Florida Space Grant Consortium is offering its NASA Olympionics program in community colleges, and FKCC is one of three schools awarded the grant.

Over the course of three months, students, in teams of five, will construct a robotic vehicle, launch a hydropowered rocket and build a high-altitude balloon. Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in June, where FKCC students will compete against their counterparts from Hillsborough and North Florida community colleges.

“This is spectacular for FKCC. We’ve never had this sort of opportunity,” said faculty advisor Dawn Ellis. “Not only are they learning great skills, but they are also earning money this semester. Being in the Keys, our students work very hard. They work multiple jobs. So this might give them the opportunity to not work so much this semester and concentrate on their studies.”

FKCC received word in September that it had been awarded $134,000 to cover two years of Olympionics activities. Students applied during the fall semester with 10 being selected from a variety of disciplines including computer science, engineering and biology.

Savana Hardin, 16, a dual-enrollment Key West High School senior, sees the Olympionics as a pathway to better connections and opportunities as she pursues acceptance from universities such as Yale.

“I’m so excited. I really want to get into robotics. That’s my dream profession. That’s the career I really want to get into — building robots of some sort and being able to help people through technology,” Hardin said.

The grant creates strategic relationships between the awarded institutions and NASA Centers to attract and retain more students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs.

Florida Space Grant Consortium Director Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee, in Key West to launch the inaugural community college project, advised students to enjoy the process and take advantage of the connections the consortium can provide in their quest for higher education and employment.

“We hope that all of them remain in a STEM field. They’re still exploring. We’re giving them the opportunity to see whether they want to do it or not,” he said.

Freshman Tim Yakubowski moved from Montana specifically to study marine biology and environmental technology at FKCC. The double major serves as an aquaculture lab technician. He hopes to eventually earn a doctorate degree focusing on coral reef conservation and restoration. He believes having the NASA Olympionics on his resume gives him an advantage as he submits transfer applications.

“I have actually been chosen by NASA for a program. I think that will set me apart. NASA is pretty much the biggest name in science. You can’t really go higher than that, in my opinion,” he said.

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