Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) has opened nominations for the “20 Under 35” cohort of 2021. The “20 Under 35” will be honored at the annual Future Leaders Celebration in October during Satellite Innovation 2021. Nominations are due by July 9, 2021.
Every year, during its Future Leaders Celebration, SSPI honors its list of the “20 Under 35” young space and satellite professionals to watch in the years ahead. “20 Under 35” honorees are employees or entrepreneurs under the age of 35 who have demonstrated initiative, creativity and problem-solving skills that created new capabilities, overcame major challenges, and ensured excellence in technology and service.
The “20 Under 35” are selected by a panel of judges based on scoring of nomination forms. At the Future Leaders Celebration, SSPI will unveil the list of the “20 Under 35” and present the three top-scoring honorees with its Promise Award in recognition of their potential to advance into leadership roles in the industry. On the same evening, SSPI will also honor its Mentor of the Year: a space and satellite executive who has devoted time and energy to fostering the next generation of industry employees and entrepreneurs.
“SSPI has been honoring emerging leaders of this industry and the mentors who guide them since 2006,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The current president of SSPI’s Board, Nicole Robinson, was honored in 2012. She is now CEO of Ursa Space, an industry-leading innovator in space data analytics that was founded by a 2011 honoree, Adam Maher. Data scientist Zack Downey of Ursa Space is a 2018 honoree. So, when it comes to spotting talent, I’d say our judges are doing quite a job.”
Nomination forms are available at the SSPI’s website.