The Speed Mentoring Event is a great chance that kick-start connections that build over time, create chance meetings and the to meet with students, early stage professionals, experienced mentors and even possibly a future employer in the space operations industry.

Share a table with top SpaceOps representatives to ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about  their personal experiences which shaped their professional careers.

This event is energizing for both the young space professionals as well as the senior mentors, providing both groups with a unique networking opportunity.


 Registrations are Now Open for Speed Mentoring Event!


The deadline for registration is 10 May 2016.


How it Works!  

Each Student or Young Professional (Mentee) sits at one of the tables with 1 Mentor. Each Mentor gets 10 minutes at the table to talk about their personal career background, advice on how to develop a career/life path, and answer questions (Examples: “what was one difficult challenge you faced in your career and how did you overcome it?; What are 3 tips you learned over the years that you wish you knew earlier as a student or young professional?). After 10 minutes, the mentor must rotate to the next table and meet a new set of Mentees!

Korean Cultural Dinner: Immediately following the Speed Mentoring Event, all the participants will be invited to the Korean Cultural Dinner, where they will be able to further network and follow up on discussions with the mentors.

Places are limited, so book your place at the SpaceOps Speed Mentoring session today!



Mentor Biographies


Alice Bowman
Space Mission Operations Group Supervisor & New Horizons Mission Operations Manager
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Alice Bowman works for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where she is the Space Mission Operations Group Supervisor and the New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM).  She supervises approximately 40 staff that operate Deep Space and Earth orbiting spacecraft to include TIMED, STEREO, New Horizons, Van Allen probes and Solar Probe Plus.  As the New Horizons MOM, Alice leads the team that controls NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its voyage to Pluto and beyond, from “mission control” at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.  Alice has a degree in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA and has over 27 years of experience in space operations. She has been a member of the SpaceOps committee since 2009.


Sean Burns
Head of the Real-Time Services and System Operations Division

Sean Burns is the Head of the Real-Time Services and System Operations Division at EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. Sean holds degrees in Mathematics and Computing, System Engineering and also a Masters in Business Administration.

Sean has involved in the operations of Meteorological Satellites for over 28 years. He has worked in all areas of satellite and ground segment operations, and most recently has been involved in defining the operations concepts for the next generation of meteorological satellites. He is a member of the SpaceOps organisation and is passionate about giving space operations knowledge to students and young professionals.


Paolo Ferri
Head of Mission Operations Department
European Space Agency

Mr. Ferri is a Theoretical Physicist and studied at Pavia University (Italy). He joined the European Space Agency in ESOC in 1984 as a visiting scientist in support of science operations for the EXOSAT X-ray astronomy satellite. He moved to the spacecraft operations field in 1986 - operations engineer for the EURECA microgravity mission. From 1993 to 1997 he was the Spacecraft Operations Manager for Cluster. From 1996 to 2006 he was the Spacecraft Operations Manager for Rosetta.

From 2006 to 2013 he was the Head of the Solar and Planetary Mission Operations Division. In this period he was also Flight Director for Rosetta, Venus Express and GOCE. From 2013 he became the Head of the Mission Operations Department, in charge of mission operations for all ESA unmanned missions


Dr. Cho Young HAN, Ph.D.
Principal Researcher, System Engineer, CAS500 Systems Engineering & Integration Team, CAS500(Compact Advanced Satellite 500) Program Office,
Satellite R&D Head Office
Korea Aerospace Research Institute

Dr. Han has 1 awarded and 3 domestic patents and has written 3 books and 1 book chapter and has had 13 technical papers published in international journals, 40 technical papers published in domestic journals, 35 international conference papers, and 81 domestic conference papers. Based on the success of COMS programme, he was granted the Minister Award from Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.


Mr. Rafael Krawiec
Executive Vice President
Swedish Space Corporation, Satellite Management Services

Mr. Rafael Krawiec is Executive Vice President of Swedish Space Corporation, Satellite Management Services for region Asia, Pacific and Oceania. He has master degree in Computer Engineering and over 20 years of experience in project/program management and operations in telecom and satellite industries.


Philip Liebrecht
Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)
National Aeronautical and Space Administration

Mr. Philip Liebrecht is the Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) since July 2009.  The SCaN Program is organized within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC and provides communications and navigation capabilities for all of NASA’s flight missions from the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit, to Voyager 1 in interstellar space.

The organization supports national and international scientific and aerospace customers in addition to NASA flight missions, and works in partnership with Industry, other Government agencies and International partners to achieve its mission.  As the Deputy Program Manager, Mr. Liebrecht leads the strategic space communications architecture planning for NASA and serves as head of the agency delegations to several international organizations chartered to establish internationally interoperable operations architectures and standards for the future.

Prior to joining NASA Headquarters, Mr. Liebrecht served for over thirty years in various positions of leadership at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt Maryland.


Hélène Pasquier
Head of Generic Ground Systems Section in the Products and Grounds Systems Department
CNES (French Space Agency)

Hélène Pasquier is Head of Generic Ground Systems Section in the Products and Grounds Systems Department of CNES (French Space Agency). As such she develops generic and reusable Monitoring & Control software systems part of CNES Mission Operations Systems.

She is acting in research & technology studies and coordinates the use of the international standards (ECSS, CCSDS Mission Operations and Cross Support Services) within the Mission Operations Systems developed by the Products and Grounds Systems Department.

Hélène has been closely cooperating with ESA for Ground Systems Harmonisation and has been an active member of the SpaceOps Technical Program Committee since 2008. Since 1982 at CNES, she took key positions in Earth Observation programs (SPOT, Pleiades HR) and Science Ground Systems (CADMOS French USOC, …) in the area of Mission Operations Systems and Payload Operations & Data Systems. Hélène Pasquier is graduated in Computer Science Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France (ENSIMAG, INPG).


Michael Schmidt
Head of the Studies and Special Projects Division in the Operations Department
European Space Agency (ESA)

Michael Schmidt has been working at the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany since 1990.

His activities include:

  • Cooperation with NASA in the area of Data Relay Satellites
  • LEOP support for Earth Observation Satellites
  • Spacecraft Operations Manager for the satellites INTEGRAL and XMM
  • ESA representative in various international working groups, such as Spaceops and Interagency Operations Working Group (IOAG)
  • In charge of the operations of Proba satellite missions in ESA
Dr. Harry Shaw, D.Sc.
Goddard Space Flight Center - Space Network Project             

Dr. Shaw has over 30 years of experience in computer networking, microwave communications, information theory, microelectronics and space communications. He supports the NASA/GSFC Space Network project which operates the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite spacecraft constellation by managing upgrades to the ground segment and supporting customers adapting to new services. He is now coordinating efforts within the Space Network to support future Cubesat customers. He is involved in technology development and has received two patents. He also works with university partners to advance space communications technology.

  • Doctor of Science, Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, 2013
  • Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of Maryland University College, 1993


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