The International Space University is a private non-profit institution governed by a General Assembly of Governing Members, a Board of Trustees and a President with an executive staff. These decision-making bodies rely on advice and guidance provided by the Chancellor and by several boards such as the Board of Advisors, the Academic Council and the Committee on Academic Appointment, Review and Evaluation.
The University’s General Assembly is composed of Governing Members who represent the main stakeholders. At the statutory annual meeting, the Governing Members elect members of the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors, approve the Annual Report, the University Audited Financial Reports, appoint the Auditors and accept new Governing Members.
Altenklingen Foundation (George Weinmann), ASI – Italian Space Agency (Gabriella Arrigo), CSA – Canadian Space Agency, CASC – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (Xiangming Fang), CNES – Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (Philippe Pujes), DLR – German Aerospace Center (Dirk Beckmann), ESA – European Space Agency (Hugo Maree), Heinlein Prize Trust (Buckner Hightower), Inmarsat (Ramin Khadem), Isle of man Government (Martyn Perkins), Israel Space Agency (Ofer Lapid), JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Norimitsu Kamimori), NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Tom Cremins), Alumni Representative (Soyeon Yi).
Airbus Defence and Space (Silvio Sandrone), Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology C. Ltd. (Mr. Liang Chen), Boeing, Canadensys Aerospace (Christian Sallaberger), Lockheed Martin (Joe Landon), Manx Precision Optics Ltd. (Helmut Kessler), Odyssey Space Research (Brian Rishikof), SES (Evie Roos), Telesat (Andrew Browne), The Aerospace Corporation (Angie Bukley).
Kyle Acierno, Julio Aprea, Francois Becker, Gerard Blaauw, Steve Brody, Jim Burke, Lance Bush, Patrick Cohendet, Michael Davis, Art Dula, Debra Facktor, Bertrand Goldman, Uri Greisman Ran, Gerhard Haerendel, Joel Herrmann, Loretta Hidalgo-Whitesides, Dennis Irwin, Ram Jakhu, Claudia Kessler, Siamak Khorram, Daryle Lademan, Marc Lange, Gary Martin, Shrirrup Nambiar, Dava Newman, James H. Newman, Rene Oosterlinck, Walter Peeters, Joe Pelton, Michael Potter, Robert Richards (Founder), Raphael Roettgen, Antonino Salmeri, Carla Sharpe, Michael Simpson, Niall Smith, Dimitra Stefoudi, Su-Yin Tan, Eric Tilenius, Catherine Trautmann, Gui Trotti, Ke Wang, Graham Weaver, Chris Welch, Lyn Wigbels, Barbara Wood, Virginia Wotring, Pete Worden.
Requests for membership shall be submitted to the President of the University in writing and referred for advice to the Board of Trustees. The request for membership will be presented for approval to Governing Members at their Annual Meeting.
Any member who is a natural person shall serve until death, resignation, or removal, in accordance with the ISU By-Laws, subject to the payment of the annual fee (1000 Eur for Institutional and Corporate Members, 100 Eur for Individual Members).
The Chancellor is an honorary representative with an ambassadorship role to promote the University and to provide guidance, advice and to participate in academic programs.
Following the steps of Arthur C. Clarke, Jean-Jacques Dordain and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund was appointed ISU Chancellor for the academic years 2018 to 2021.
Prof. Dr. Ehrenfreund studied astronomy and microbiology in Austria, obtained a PhD in astrophysics in France and a master’s degree in management in USA, hence can clearly be considered as a true internationalist. She has been both professor in astrobiology at Dutch Universities as well as professor in space policy at the George Washington University in USA. As a scientist she was involved in several astrobiology experiments as Principal Investigator, but also in space policy work, such as chairing the COSPAR Panel on Exploration, PEX. After being chair of the Austrian Science Fund, she was nominated in 2015 as Chair of the Executive Board at DLR, the German Aerospace Center, being the first woman ever leading the Agency.
Welcome to the International Space University, where you will feel the strength of international collaboration, multicultural understanding, the enthusiasm for Space exploration and development, and how these topics help tackle the challenges on Planet Earth.
When I meet with ISU students or alumni, I see people committed to a career in Space, and how the multidisciplinary skills and the international network they acquire make them successful professionals. ISU students and alumni are not only embedded in a network of more than 4800 Space professionals, but they also become network-builders themselves.
This is an essential skill today, because the Space sector is dynamic and growing and Space projects involve many stakeholders including government agencies, research organizations, industry, academia, and the financial community worldwide.
I am proud of being part of the ISU community and hope that you will also decide to become an active member if you are not one already. In the meantime, I wish you a very rich learning experience.
The Board of Advisors is chaired by the Chancellor and is composed of individuals who have achieved a high level of recognition worldwide in the space sector. It is the duty and responsibility of the Board of Advisors to advise and consult with the Board of Trustees, officers and administration, and faculty on such matters as they may seek such guidance and counsel.
Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Advisors
Mr. George W. S. Abbey, Rice University
Dr. Mohamed Al Ahbabi, UAE Space Agency
Prof. Oleg Alifanov, Moscow Aviation Institute
Prof. Ali Al-Mashat, Director, Arabsat (ret.)
Mr. Marcio N. Barbosa, UNESCO (ret.)
Dr. Roger Bonnet, International Space Science Institute
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, ISU Co-Founder, X-Prize
Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dittus, DLR
Dr. Roland Doré, past President ISU
Mr. Jay Honeycutt, Lockheed Martin (ret.)
Mr. Yasuo Ishii, JAXA
Dr. Nandasiri Jasentuliyana, United Nations (ret.)
Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, Indian Space Research Organization
Mr. Jean-Yves LeGall, CNES
Prof. Johannes Ortner
Mr. Michael Potter, Paradigm Ventures
Mr. Christopher Stott, ManSat
Mr. Eric Tilenius, Tilenius Ventures
Ms. Barbara Wood
The Board of Trustees is elected by the Governing Membership of the International Space University. The Board of Trustees determines ISU’s overall objectives and oversees the University’s affairs.
Dr. Christian Sallaberger, Chairman
ASI – Italian Space Agency (Gabriella Arrigo), CSA – Canadian Space Agency, CASC – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (Xiangming Fang), CNES – Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (Philippe Pujes), DLR – German Aerospace Center (Dirk Beckmann), ESA – European Space Agency (Hugo Maree), Heinlein Prize Trust (Buckner Hightower), Inmarsat (Ramin Khadem), Isle of man Government (Martyn Perkins), Israel Space Agency (Ofer Lapid), JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Norimitsu Kamimori), NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Tom Cremins), Alumni Representative (Soyeon Yi).
Airbus Defence and Space (Silvio Sandrone), Boeing, Canadensys Aerospace (Christian Sallaberger), Lockheed Martin (Joe Landon), Manx Precision Optics Ltd. (Helmut Kessler), Odyssey Space Research (Brian Rishikof), SES (Evie Roos), Telesat (Andrew Browne), The Aerospace Corporation (Angie Bukley).
Michael Davis, Art Dula, Siamak Khorram, Robert Richards (Founder), Pete Worden.
The International Space University is a very unique institution. It educates high potential individuals in all areas of the space field, including technical, scientific, business, legal, policy and sociological aspects, and ISU’s graduates go on to become the future space leaders in the global academic community, the senior managers in space agencies, the captains of space industry. However, ISU is so much more than that. It is the neutral ground that brings together representatives from historical as well as emerging space powers from around the globe and gives them a common vision and understanding to allow the planning and implementation of the exploration and development of space for the benefit of all humanity. It has been doing this for over three decades and continues to do it today. ISU is truly a force for good in the world.
Whether you are considering enrolling in ISU, or you are an ISU student or alumnus, a faculty or staff member, or perhaps a member of the global space community who supports ISU or its goals, I thank you for your interest and dedication. We welcome and appreciate your membership in the ISU family!
The ISU Academic Council is responsible for ensuring the academic quality of the teaching and research activities of ISU. The Council has created a set of policies and standards for the faculty within the overall guidelines established by the Board of Trustees and in cooperation with the President of the University. The role, rules, and processes of the Academic Council are provided in Appendix A of the ISU Academic Handbook, which can be downloaded here.
To ensure integration of policies between the Academic Advisory Committee of the BOT and the Executive Officers of ISU, the AAC Chair as well as the President of ISU and the Academic Officers (the Dean, Associate Dean and the Program Directors) are permanent invitees to the Academic Council. The Academic Council is represented on the Board of Trustees and the BOT Academic Advisory Committee. The current members of the Academic Council are listed below.
Volker Damann (Germany), Chair of the Academic Council, ESA (retired), Germany
Lucy Stojak (Canada), Vice Chair of the Academic Council, HEC Montreal, Canada
Carol Carnett JD (USA), Legal Aid Bureau Inc., USA
Dan Glover (USA), Independent Consultant, USA
Maria Antonietta Perino (Italy), Thales Alenia Space, Italy
Geoff Steeves (Canada), University of Victoria, Canada
Su-Yin Tan (Canada), University of Waterloo, Canada
Virginia Wotring (USA), International Space University, France
Olga Zhdanovich (Russia), MODIS, The Netherlands MODIS, Netherlands
“It was an honour to teach at ISU at the end of my ESA career – transferring my knowledge and expertise to the next generation of space professionals. With great pleasure I like to continue my support to ISU, its faculty and students. As the current chair of the ISU Academic Council, I want to continue the path of progress established by my predecessors. The challenging times during the pandemic have shown that new academic pathways and modern teaching methodologies are necessary to move ISU forward to meet a challenging and more competitive academic environment in the space sector. I consider my role to serve the President and the Board of Trustees as a reliable advisor in a broad scope of academic topics. I also want to lead the Academic Council membership in a way to foster open-minded and progressive discussions to enable innovative thinking to further academic excellence.”
The Committee on Academic Appointment, Review & Evaluation (CARE) makes recommendations on all issues regarding appointment, performance, evaluation, and advancement of Resident Faculty members and title assignment at recruitment. It also makes recommendations on the appointment or dismissal, performance, evaluation, and titles of ISU Faculty.
The Dean, the Chair of the Academic Council, and the Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Board of Trustees jointly nominate the Chair of CARE. The Chair is appointed for a period of three years by the President of ISU and reports to the President of ISU.
This Committee is established by the Dean and includes members selected from the Faculty of ISU who hold the rank of Full Professor and individuals from external organizations who hold the rank of Full Professor or the equivalent. Members of CARE should be internationally known individuals highly regarded within their discipline.
Resident ISU Full Professors are de facto members of this Committee. In order to provide continuity with academic committees of the university, the Chairs of the Academic Council and the Academic Advisory Committee of the Board of Trustees will be ex-officio (non-voting) members, if not already members in their own right.
The Committee shall consist of at least 7 (seven) and not more than 11 (eleven) members. The members of this Committee serve for three years. This mandate can be renewed for one additional term. CARE membership is reviewed annually.
The Chair of the CARE may invite other members to join the Committee on an ad hoc basis for their particular expertise.
The current membership of the CARE is reflected in the list below.
CARE Membership Roster
Angie Bukley, The Aerospace Corporation, USA (Chair)
Giovanni Fazio, Harvard University, USA (Vice-Chair)
Bill Cowley, Univ. of South Australia (ret.), Australia
Jim Dator, Univ. of Hawaii, USA
Dennis Irwin, Ohio University (emeritus), USA
Joan Johnson-Freese, Naval War College, USA
John Logsdon, George Washington Univ. (ret.), USA
Maria Perino, Thales Alenia Space, Italy
Soyeon Yi, Astronaut, South Korea.
Kazuya Yoshida, Tohoku University, Japan
‘’ISU has been part of my life since I participated in the SSP in 1993. Since that time I’ve had the privilege of serving ISU as a Faculty Member, Academic Council Member, and at the Central Campus in the role of Associate Dean then Dean and Vice President for Academics and Research. It’ is now my pleasure to chair the Committee on Academic Appointments, Review and Evaluation (CARE) to support the President and Dean in maintaining the highest possible quality of teaching, research, and service to the ISU community and beyond. I’m looking forward to many more years serving ISU with my time and dedication to the spirit of the ISU Credo. ’’