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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

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.


NASA Workshop on Quality Assurance for Academic Space Projects


Auburn University and NASA are hosting a one day educational and networking session on quality assurance for academic space projects and payloads including small SAT, cube SAT, rocket and high altitude balloon.  This event is part of the NASA Academy of Aerospace Quality (AAQ) (link below) at Auburn University (Alice Smith and Jeff Smith, PIs) sponsored by NASA HQ.  There will be presentations by NASA experts and by veteran academic leaders of space bound projects.  Networking will be facilitated to share lessons learned and best practices.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at NASA Marshall Flight Center’s Training Center in Huntsville, AL from approximately 8 AM until 3:30 PM.

The target audience includes engineering academics who are interested in learning more about quality assurance for academic payload projects.  Students are welcome to attend with a participating faculty member.

Presentation and poster opportunities also exist – see the registration page for details.

No registration fee is charged, but spaces are limited, and we have some travel stipends available for selected participants.

Please apply using the link below if you are interested in attending with your name, affiliation and title, and a brief statement on why you would like to attend.  Also state whether you wish to be considered for a travel stipend.  Applications should be made by July 1 for full consideration and attendees being awarded travel stipends will be notified by July 15.

Questions can be referred to Alice Smith at

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