More than 200 ISU Alumni at IAC19 in Washington DC

The International Astronautical Congress IAC has been a major opportunity for ISU to showcase its growing alumni base: dozens of them presented papers with strong connections to recent Team Projects. Here is a summary of the most salient highlights of the week.

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Research lunches at ISU – come and discuss the latest space research!

The Central Campus of the International Space University ISU has started a new seminar series to discuss research related to space, performed within its walls, on the Parc d’Innovation d’Illkirch-Graffenstaden, or by our visitors and lecturers. Please join us for informal discussions!

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ISU Alumnus Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu Nominated SHSSP20 & SSP20 Director

The International Space University ISU is pleased to announce the appointment of Arif Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu as director of the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program SHSSP 2020 and Space Studies Program SSP 2020. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this demanding role.

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Our Programs

Master of Space Studies

Designed for students looking for the competitive edge that will help them obtain a career in the space sector, professionals interested in making a career move into or within the space sector, and researchers wishing to broaden their knowledge or make the move from academic life into the space industry.

Space Studies Program

Two-month course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical. The shared experience of an international, interactive working environment is an ideal networking forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network.

Southern Hemisphere Program

Intensive five week, live-in experience built around an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary educational philosophy for which ISU is renowned. The program provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today’s space professions.

Executive Space Course

Provides an overview of space-related subjects for professionals of diverse backgrounds, including marketing, finance, law & contracts management. Professionals leave with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to communicate more effectively with their technical colleagues.

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Rachel Zimmerman - MSS98

rachel zimmerman2Rachel Zimmerman’s life changed at the age of 12, when she was preparing a project for a school science fair. She developed a software program using Blissymbols and with the help of a computer and a special touch pad, people with severe disabilities are now able to communicate more easily with the persons around them. Her invention won first place in the London District science fair in London, Ontario, Canada, a silver medal at the 1985 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Cornwall (Ontario, Canada) and was showcased in Bulgaria at the World Exhibition of Achievement of Young Inventors.

Afterwards, Rachel earned a BA in physics from the Brandeis University (Massachusetts, USA) in 1995 and earned a Master of Space Studies degree from the International Space University (Strasbourg, France) in 1998.  She is still friends with many of her ISU classmates.  Rachel participated in the Space Generation Forum at UNISPACE-III in Vienna, Austria in 1999, and co-founded the Association for the Development of Aerospace Medicine (ADAM) while working as a contractor for the Canadian Space Agency.  She helped build part of the Space Vision System on the International Space Station in 1999-2000, then moved to California to work at The Planetary Society, and then the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, USA.

Since 2003, Rachel has been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California as Solar System and Technology Education and Public Outreach Specialist on topics such as NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn and two astrobiology projects.  She runs national and international essay contests about Saturn for students in grades 5-12, using her ISU contacts to facilitate contests in over 50 countries around the world.

Rachel's work has been published in “The Planetary Report”, the Journal of the National Space Society, and NASA's Ames Research Center Astrogram, among others. For outstanding performance and leadership in the field of space exploration, she has received numerous NASA/JPL awards, as well as many national and international awards for her work in science and technology.
She is interested in combining space technology with assistive technology. Her goal is to take NASA innovations and tailor them to fit the needs of people with disabilities, and she is on the national board for Science Education for Students with Disabilities (SESD).

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"My life can be clearly divided between before and after ISU. ISU was a breaking point that created a world of possibilities in front of me."

Carmen Felix - MSS10 -

"Attending ISU has been, for me, the ultimate eye-opening experience. Attending the Master of Space Studies allowed me to pursue my personal interests with a limit determined only by my imagination."

Diego Urbina - MSS09 -

"My space flight was the changing point in my whole life. Since my background was mechanical engineering, I did not know much about space, which led me to the International Space University."

Soyeon Yi - SSP09 -

"ISU is broadening the global space community and connecting New Space countries to old and mighty ones."

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