SSPI announces the 2019 “20 under 35” list of young professionals to watch in the coming years


The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the second annual “20 Under 35” list of outstanding young space and satellite professionals under the age of 35. The honorees will be celebrated at SSPI’s Future Leaders Dinner on October 8 during Satellite Innovation 2019 in Mountain View, California.

SSPI’s annual list of "20 Under 35" features 20 employees and entrepreneurs to keep your eye on in coming years. They were selected from nominations submitted by the membership. At the Future Leaders Dinner, the three top-ranked members of the 20 Under 35 will be named as this year’s Promise Award winners.

“There is justifiable concern in our industry about our ability to attract and retain talented and ambitious young people, at a time when we compete for employees with the best-known names in technology,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The 20 Under 35 list is a chance to recognize the power of our mission to inspire the next generation to join us. That mission is about doing business, of course, but also about making the world more prosperous, better informed, safer and stronger. These 20 people are on their way to remarkable achievement that we hope to honor some day with membership in the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame.”

The 20 Under 35 of 2019:

  • Daniel Alvarez, Space Mission Program Manager, Millennium Space Systems, A Boeing Company

  • Chris Beauregard, Policy Advisor, National Space Council

  • Gaurav Bhatia, Principal Engineer, Hughes Network Systems

  • Dr. Nikita Chiu, Ad Astra Distinguished Fellow in Robotic and Outer Space Governance, Space Engineering Research Center

  • Ryan Clulo, Freedom Software Engineer, ATLAS Space Operations

  • Lindsay Crossan, O3b Requirements & Verification Systems Engineering Lead, The Boeing Company

  • Dr. Ashwati Das, Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Clémentine Decoopman, Executive Director, Space Generation Advisory Council

  • Guillermo Del Rio, Infrastructure Coordinator, Elara Comunicaciones

  • Isil Demir, Director, Mission Systems, Planet Labs Inc.

  • Julian Horvath, Principal Engineer, Satellite Operations & Ground Development, Iridium

  • Sajit Jumani, Vice President, Business Development and Finance, GEOshare

  • Natalia Larrea Brito, Senior Affiliate Consultant, Euroconsult

  • Jomya Lei, Lead Payload Systems Engineer, The Boeing Company

  • Joao Lousada, ISS Columbus Operations Systems Engineer - STRATOS Flight Controller, GMV Insyen AG

  • Andrea Marin, Principal Business Solutions Engineer, Intelsat

  • Adam Milewich, Satellite Engineer, Innovation Team, Intelsat

  • Abiodun Ogunbiyi, President, CEO, Founder and Engineer, Aerospace Palace International

  • Manny Shar, Head of Analytics, Bryce Space & Technology, Ltd.

  • Jeremy Turpin, CTO & Co-Founder, Isotropic Systems

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