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Student Competition


August 10, 8:00-9:45 AM

  • Natalia Piotrowski - Technical University of Munich
  • Sobia Nadeem - McMaster University
  • Atilla Saadat - UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory
  • Dillan McDonald - Georgia Tech
  • Sophia Vlahakis - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kevin Guan, Eric van Velzen - UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory


  • Stanley O. Kennedy, Technical Chair, OTMV Holdings, LLC. - Texas
  • Valerie Skarupa, Endowment Chair, Dark Star Space Consulting


  • NASA - Jim Lux, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Industry - Andy Speicher, Lockheed-Martin Space Systems Company
  • DoD - Torrie Creekmore, Office of the Director of National Intelligence/Space Threat Assessment Cell
  • International - Tom Segert, Berlin Space Technologies
  • Academia - Moriba Jah, University of Texas at Austin
  • At-Large - Asal Naseri, Space Dynamics Laboratory

Scoring Criteria

  • Technical Content and/or Scientific Merit (40%)
  • Industry Relevance (15%)
  • Clarity of Writing (20%)
  • Presentation and Response to Questions (25%)


Student finalists will present their papers at the Small Satellite Conference on August 10th.

All authors identified in the technical paper must participate in the presentation recording—plan accordingly.

Students will be given a maximum of 12 minutes to present their paper, followed by 3 minutes for pre-prepared questions from the judges. Presentations exceeding 12 minutes will be marked down.

Participation Rules

  • Participants may not author or co-author more than one paper.
  • Papers are limited to three authors.
  • All persons identified as authors must present at the Conference.
  • Students are required to register for the Conference.
  • Technical questions and/or judging issues or concerns should be communicated with the Technical Chair, Stanley Kennedy at
  • Contact with judges directly, either before or after the competition is prohibited and may result in disqualification.

Authors failing to comply with any of these rules may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Technical Chair.