Our partnerships with student organizations are making thousands of talented young people aware of career opportunities in commercial space and satellite.  To do that work, we depend on experts in our membership to serve as mentors to student groups and individual students.  They participate in conference calls, review information and offer advice.  When we sponsor student competitions, they serve as our judges.  We honor their contributions and thank them for helping our industry gain its share of the best and brightest among the next generation.

Current Mentors

Joseph Amor
Vice President and General Manager, Microspace Communications


Jared Gill
Technical Director / Deputy Program Manager, Space Systems Loral

Edward Ashford
President, Ashford Aerospace Consulting


Roger Franklin
President & CEO, Crystal

Tom Butash
Engineering Fellow, BAE Systems


Dawn Harms
Vice President, Business Development, Boeing Space Systems International

Bradley Cheatham
President & CEO, Advanced Space


Susan Irwin
President, Irwin Communications
Member, Satellite Hall of Fame

Tim Cole
Program Director, SSL


Kathleen Karika
Business Development, Commercial Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Ariane Cornell
Business Development & Strategy, Blue Origin


Nao Murakami
Spacecraft Systems Engineer, Space Systems Loral

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch
Senior Vice President, Inmarsat Government Services, Inc.


Eloy Salcedo
Senior Customer Solutions Engineer, Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing Ltd.

Denis Curtin
Member, Satellite Hall of Fame


Sidney Skjei
President, Skjei Consulting

Jennifer Dawson


Chris Stott
Chairman & CEO, ManSat
Mentor of the Year 2015

Become a Mentor

Mentorship  requires small donations of time, and rich sharing of your real-world experience, your technical and business expertise, and your connections with others in the industry.  If you are interested in helping the next generation find a professional home in commercial space and satellite, contact SSPI's executive director.