The Wall Street Journal’s Beth Gardiner takes a look at the International Space University’s Executive MBA program:
The classrooms are filled with physicists and engineers, lectures come from former astronauts and field trips include a visit to NASA headquarters in Washington.
The International Space University’s new executive M.B.A. is unusual in the world of business education, but organizers hope it will give a big boost to scientists forced to grapple with matters of money and management as the space sector grows increasingly commercialized.
The first class of 12 students, mostly technical experts in their 40s who have been promoted into management roles, collected their degrees on Nov. 19 at the private space university, based in Strasbourg, France. As their careers have advanced, many have had to acquire business skills on the fly to deal with realms not covered by their extensive scientific training, areas like contracting, accounting, corporate mergers and private equity investment.
After nine weeks of intense lessons, robotic and rocket competitions and rubbing elbows with NASA scientists, industry experts and entrepreneurs, students at International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP) 2009 and Singularity University (SU) shared their final evening together and participated in their university’s closing ceremonies on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Ending a long cool summer on one of its hottest days, NASA Ames bid adieu to the International Space University at a closing ceremony Friday evening.
With temperatures sweltering into the 90s outside and lights failing inside due to a faulty light board, 130 students were awarded certificates of completion at the NASA center in Mountain View, Calif.
ISU and the Singularity University will close out their sessions at NASA Ames on Friday. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is listed on the ISU schedule. However, his appearance is reportedly contingent on NASA launching the space shuttle Discovery in time for him to travel to the West Coast.
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Students at the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP) 2009 and Singularity University (SU) will share their last evening together at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., at their universities’ closing ceremonies on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009.
The closing ceremonies for the 22nd annual ISU SSP, the inaugural class of SU are by invitation only.
I took a VIP tour of Ames as part of the International Space University’s alumni weekend. Visited the motion simulator and the wind tunnel, the latter of which is the largest in the world.Â The full photo essay after the break.
On Monday evening, I had the pleasure of joining the ISU Physical Sciences Department on a field trip to Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton overlooking San Jose, Calif. (Thank you, Department Chairdude Eric Dahlstrom!)
The company was great, the weather perfect, and the view tremendous. So, without any further delay, let’s start this first photo essay, which covers the outdoor highlights.
Miles O’Brien, veteran news reporter (formerly of CNN) Leonard David, reporter Space.com Michael Potter, documentary filmmaker Jeff Roth, founder and president of Jeff Roth Productions Harry Kloor, film producer
Just got back from the ISU/SU opening ceremony and reception. It was a great ceremony that I hope people had a chance to see on the webcast. Got to welcome in a new class of ISU students and catch up with some old friends.
A dozen participants from 10 different countries, including the Space Foundationâ€™s Vice President â€“ Education Iain Probert, have completed the first stage of the International Space Universityâ€™s new Executive MBA program, which merges the specificities of a traditional MBA with space applications.
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. â€“ NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will welcome more than 500 guests, including an international cadre of students and faculty from nearly 40 countries for the International Space University and Singularity University Opening Ceremony on June 29, 2009. The ceremony will be held in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and will feature a multimedia celebration of space.
Newsweek has a couple of stories about Ray Kuzweil, his Singularity, and the upcoming Singularity University session that will be held at NASA Ames this summer. ISU co-founder Peter Diamandis is mentioned.
I, Robot Ray Kurzweil can’t wait to be a Cyborgâ€”a human mind inside an everlasting machine. But is this the next great leap in human evolution, or just one man’s midlife crisis writ large?
Science Cult Ray Kurzweil’s vision of a ‘Singularity’ has attracted some followers, but don’t expect it anytime soon.
The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Enterprise Forum of Phoenix will host an extraordinary event, Rewarding Breakthrough Innovation, on June 4, 2009, at the Arizona Science Center where Arizona business leaders and community members will meet the key figure in the development of the personal spaceflight industry, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. He will be sharing his experiences, vision and passion for having created many space-related businesses and organizations including the X PRIZE Foundation, the Rocket Racing League, Zero Gravity Corporation, Singularity University and Space Adventures, Ltd.