With the excellent Montreal SSP14 still fresh in our memories, the ISU staff is already in the throes of preparing for next summer's Space Studies Program in Athens, Ohio, USA. SSP15 will convene from 8 June thru 7 August on the host campus of Ohio University. Our SSP15 hosts are providing SSP participants, faculty and staff with residences and a dining facility dedicated exclusively for ISU use, and excellent academic facilities that are all within a short walk of one another. The university's beautiful country setting is within easy travel distance to a number of important aerospace facilities, including NASA's Glenn Research Center. SSP15 will include many professional visits, including a multi-day visit to NASA Glenn’s Plumbrook facility as part of NASA's partnership with ISU and Ohio University.
The Departmental and Team Project Chairs have been selected, and have met the week of November 17 at Ohio University to work out the final details of the SSP15 curriculum.
The SSP15 Chairs are, from left to right on the cover picture:
Space Applications Department - Su-Yin Tan SSP03 (Canada)
Planetary Defense Team Project - Madhu Thangavelu, SSP88 (USA)
Space Humanities Department - Norah Patten SSP10 (Ireland), Geoff Steeves SSP10 (Canada)
Space English Access Course – Carol Carnett (USA)
Space Sciences Department - Eric Dahlstrom SSP91 (USA)
Space Engineering Department - Daniel Yarnoz SSP07 (Spain), Joe Pellegrino SSP95 (USA)
Space Management and Business Department - Adil Jafry MSS10 (USA)
Senior Academic Advisor – Jim Burke (USA)
Global Warming Team Project - Kevin Crist (Ohio University), Angie Bukley SSP93 (USA)
Vision 2040 Team Project - Gary Martin (USA)
Space Policy, Economics and Law Department - Michael Davis MSS96 (Australia)
Human Performance in Space Department - Kris Lehnhardt SSP08 (Canada)
Distinguished lectures and panels are also in works, including ISU's famed international astronaut panel, and a first-ever Arthur C. Clarke Panel that will examine the intersection of space and popular culture. SSP Director John Connolly and his staff are also working to sign up some high-profile guests and sponsors, so stay tuned to future SSP15 updates!