Professional Development

Professional Development

We truly have created a network of space supporters at the University of Illinois. Throughout the year we coordinate a variety of space-related events for our members. Each year we take a weeklong trip to the Wernher Von Braun Memorial Symposium (fall semester) and the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium (spring semester), both hosted by the American Astronautical Society. We also attend the SEDS SpaceVision conference, as SEDS is our parent organization. All of these opportunities are offered to Illinois Space Society members. These trips are a great way to learn more about the space industry, network with top industry leaders, and get to tour some pretty fantastic places, such as NASA Marshall Space Center, United Launch Alliance, NASA Goddard Space Center, and more.

Along with the opportunity of going on trips, the Illinois Space Society will provide various professional development opportunities throughout the year. These can include resume reviews, intern panels, and more. Look out for newsletters with information and signups for these events.

Conferences

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AAS Wernher Von Braun Symposium

Around 12-16 students attend this symposium and have the opportunity to listen to various speakers from different companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, NASA, and United Launch Alliance, just to name a few. Other than just listening, they are able to network with key professionals within the space industry during the meals and socials throughout the week. Students can expect to tour NASA Marshall Space Flight Center as well as the ULA Decatur, AL facility. The Von Braun Symposium is held in Huntsville, AL

2017 Dates: October 24-26, 2017

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SEDS SpaceVision

This is a student-run conference, with a majority of the attendees being students from different SEDS chapters from around the United States. In 2015, the Illinois Space Society participated in the SEDS Satellites Around Mars Competition and ended up placing first. In 2016, the Illinois Space Society won three awards at the SpaceVision 2016 conference. These awards include Chapter of the Year, ISU/WIA Gender Diversity Award, and Educational Outreach Event of the Year for Illinois Space Day. Outside of listening to various panels, students were also able to tour labs and network with other students and professionals. This conference is held in different cities in the United States every year.

2017 Dates: November 16-18, 2017 (Orlando, FL)

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AAS Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

Around 12-16 students attend this symposium and have the opportunity to listen to various speakers from different companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, NASA, and United Launch Alliance, just to name a few. Other than just listening, they are able to network with key professionals within the space industry during the meals and socials throughout the week. Students can expect to tour the Goddard Space Flight Facility and explore Washington DC. The Goddard Symposium is held in Greenbelt, MD every year. In the picture above, students are with Christopher Scolese, the Director of Goddard Space Flight Center.

2018 Dates: March 13-15, 2018