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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

http://www.iafastro.org/2015-young-space-leaders-ysl-recognition-programme/

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

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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 http://floridaspacegrant.org/programs/space-aeronautics-internships-at-exploration-park/.

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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. www.spaceflorida.gov

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

 

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2015/04/03/yuris-night-celebrates-manned-spaceflight/25261535/?hootPostID=[%27285e5b1dacc748929aafd37cefd792da%27]

 

NASA FSGC Funds Robotic Team at Florida Keys Community College

The Citizen – Key West: http://keysnews.com/node/62734
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.

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Announce 15 Florida Space Research Program Winners

For Immediate Release
Contacts: Tina Lange,  APR                                                                              Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ph.D.
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SPACE FLORIDA AND THE NASA FLORIDA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCE
15 FLORIDA SPACE RESEARCH PROGRAM WINNERS
EXPLORATION PARK, FL (September 3, 2014) – Space Florida, the state’s spaceport
authority and aerospace development organization, and the NASA Florida Space Grant
Consortium (FSGC) announced this week the 2014-2015 winners of the Florida Space
Research Program (FSRP), an initiative developed in 2007 to increase statewide academic
involvement in space research, engineering, education and training programs that are
consistent with the state’s space industry priorities
Fifteen projects were awarded through the following 10 universities:
• Bethune-Cookman University (Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Hyun Cho)
• Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (PI’s Dr. Tianyu Yang, Dr. Antoly Streltsov)
• Florida Gulf Coast University (Dr. Zanna Beharry)
• Florida Institute of Technology (Dr. Brian Kaplinger, Dr. Dan Kirk, Dr. Hamid
Hefanzi)
• Florida International University (Dr. Zhe Cheng)
• Florida State University (Michelle Personette)
• University of Central Florida (Dr. Donald Malocha, Dr. Seetha Raghavan)
• University of Florida (Dr. John Conklin, Dr. Jian Ge)
• University of North Florida (Dr. Thomas Pekarek)
• University of South Florida (Dr. Frank Muller-Karger)
To learn more about each project, visit www.floridaspacegrant.org/programs/research/fsrp-
2014/. For the 2014-2015 award period, Space Florida and the FSGC invested a total of
$295,855 and leveraged an additional $320,709 in matching funds from winning universities.

Research was funded in three areas:
1. Space Exploration and Spaceport Technology Development
2. Space-Based Research and Payload Development
3. Space Education and Training Programs
Funding received by winners is intended to support research that will: a) compete for larger
sponsored research awards; b) attract and leverage other federal or industry funding; c)
produce technologies that lead to commercial opportunities; d) promote Florida leadership in
emerging aerospace technologies; e) address workforce development issues and/or f) in
other ways enhance the technological competitiveness of Florida universities and the space
industry.

“Florida universities hold a plethora of talent and the innovative projects we’ve been able to
support through this program are making a real difference in boosting Florida’s innovation
economy,” said Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello. “The 10 universities represented in this
award period reflect some of the best in the nation when it comes to high-tech R&D and we
look forward to seeing the results of their projects.”

“This program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in Florida
universities to be actively involved in cutting edge space technology research and thus
making available a pool of talented future employees in Florida to space companies,” added
FSGC Director Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ph.D.

The FSRP is a Space Florida-FSGC matching grant program – started in 2007 – that
combines state, federal, and other funds for competitive award to projects sponsored with the
State’s public and private academic institutions. To date, 134 projects have been funded
through the program.
To learn more about the Florida Space Research Program, visit http://bit.ly/FLresearch.
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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 spaceport authority and
aerospace development organization, 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. www.spaceflorida.gov
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

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