This biennial event is hosted by the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) and aims at promoting space awareness among students, young professionals and the community in general by having the participants work on topics in a space-related theme immersed in a dynamic and interdisciplinary setting. The theme for this workshop is: “ISS to Commercialization: Canada’s Future Space Contributions”
CAISU at Discovery09
Visit the CAISU exhibitor booth at Discovery 09 Ontario Centres of Excellent
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on MAY 11 and 12. This two-day event on innovation and entrepreneurship
features many interesting speakers, student competitions, topic-specific sessions, and showcase displays.
ISU on Euronews
ISU Strasbourg Campus
featured on Euronews, including Canadian MSS students as well as faculty and ISU Dean, Walter Peeters.
What: The premiere of the "Orphans of Apollo" Documentary, followed by a panel of distinguished panelists. An event to generate further interest in the space industry within Canada, to send more Canadian Students to the International Space University, and to promote local space organizations.
Presented By: UBC Engineering Physics Association and the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) to provide scholarships for Canadian students to attend the International Space University through the Canadian Foundation for the ISU.
Tickets: Students: $10, General Admission: $15
Dr. Karl Doetsch, Chair, Athena Global, former CSA president et al
Marc Boucher, co-Founder, SpaceRef Interactive, Mars Institute et al
James Antifaev, ISU graduate, Odyssey Moon contractor
Prof. John Meech, UBC Mining Engineering and TREAD lunar rover advisor
Dr. Daniel Schulten, MDA Program Manager for Space Missions
Chairman: Athena Global
Reception after the screening with light refreshments.
Description: Orphans of Apollo tells the extraordinary true story of a rebel group of entrepreneurs who seized command of the Russian Mir Space Station. It was the pioneering efforts of these brave, free marketeer buinessmen who launched the New Space Revolution, and kick-started the privatization of outer space as we know it today. This is the greatest story never told, and one film you are not supposed to see...
More information about the film can be found on the official website here
�Orphans of Apollo is both a great work of art and an important story... an inspiring film to see before my own flight to space�
- Richard Garriott, America's First 2nd Generation Astronaut
�A fascinating account of how a small group of American space entrepreneurs challenged the government...�
- Dr. Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum
�A Fast Moving Chronicle of an action packed, amazing true story�
- George Whitesides Executive Director, National Space Society
This biennial event is hosted by the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) and aims at promoting space awareness among students, young professionals and the community in general by having the participants work on topics in a space-related theme immersed in a dynamic and interdisciplinary setting. The theme for this workshop is: "ISS to Commercialization: Canada's Future Space Contributions"
Congratulations to three Canadian SSP'10 students (AlexandraKindrat, Heather Allaway and Alexander Melynshyn) who recently won the Barcelona Aerobatics Zero-g Challenge:
The Barcelona Aerobatics Zero-g Challenge is an international contest in which
graduate and undergraduate students from different countries worldwide are challenged
with the problem of designing and building a zero-g experiment in a limited period of
time. The winners are offered the unique opportunity of flying their own experiment
with the UPC Microgravity Aerobatics Platform held in Sabadell Airport. This
innovative infrastructure is a result of a research led by Prof. Antoni Pérez-Poch from
CRAE, Space Research Group at UPC since 2007, and the first of its kind in Europe.
Here is another chance to meet up with a few ISU folks in the Vancouver-area. This time we have Eric Choi coming to town, so the plan is Dinner:
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Place: Milestones - Cambie and 8th
If you can make it then send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAISU embraces the Social Web Monday August 9, 2010
Please note: These new sites are for CAISU members only.
Become an active member of the CAISU family online!
Yuri's Night 2010 in London, Ontario, Canada
Discovery 10, Ontario Centres of Excellence Monday May 17 and Tuesday May 18 2010
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Keynote speaker on May 17, 2:30pm:
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder.
Visit CAISU at Booth 648 at OCE Discovery 10
For all details visit the Discovery 10 website.
Will My Head Really Explode in a Vacuum? Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 7:30PM
Will My Head Really Explode in a Vacuum?
(What Really Happens When You Go to Space)
Canadian Space Society Lecture Night
By Shawna Pandya
Where: Canadian Air And Space Muesum
When: May 5th, 2010 at 7:30 PM
(meet and greet, setup)
8:00 PM Presentation Start
Phone: 416 899 0843
Free Refreshments will be served!
ISU alumni spotlight: Shawna Pandya April 19, 2010
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to leave the bounds of Earth and enter outer space.
Yuri's Night is an annual celebration of human space exploration. The celebration has grown from 64 events during its first year in 2001 to over 150 individual events in 53
countries around the world in 2010. Locations will include Los Angeles, Stockholm, Antarctica, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Houston, and the International
In Canada, Yuri's Night celebrations will be held starting April 9 in the following locations listed below.
For more information about Yuri's Night visit the website.
University of Western Ontario
April 9, 20:00 - 1:00 (Party)
April12th, 3:30 - 5:00 (Panel Discussion) website
The Charlotte Room
April 17, 2010, 21:00 to 02:00 (Party) website
The Manitoba Museum's Planetarium
190 Rupert Avenue
April 12th, 19:00 to 23:00 (Party)
Contact Scott Young
2010 CAISU Board of Directors
The CAISU AGM was held on November 20 2009 and the new 2010 Boards of Directors was elected.
CAISU would like to take the opportunity to thank the 2000 Board of Directors for their hard work
and would like to welcome your new 2010 Board of Directors.
ISU Promotion Video March 6 2010
Tom Hirmer, an SSP09 alumnus and current MSS student, recently created a promotion video for the ISU.
Anyone interested in the ISU Master's programs will find this video very useful.
You are invited to attend ASX's 7th Annual "Expanding Canada's Frontiers" Symposium.
Organized by the Astronomy & Space Exploration Society (ASX) at the University of Toronto, this event features:
Prof. Peter Schultz (NASA LCROSS mission): Water on the Moon - a new oasis for life in space
Prof. Sara Seager (MIT): seeking the stuff of life beyond our solar system
Dr. Firouz Naderi (NASA JPL): engineering the future of robotic space exploration
Dr. Narendra Bhandari (Indian Space Res. Org.): India's Space Program finds water in the lunar desert
Doors open at 5:30PM and there is a reception at 10:00PM.
LOCATION: Convocation Hall, University of Toronto
Address: 31 King's College Circle, Toronto
ADMISSION: Students: FREE with registration online
General Public: $20 ($15 until Jan 7, 5pm) from UofT TIX: online
Phone #: (416) 978-8849
Please note: There is a special discount to CAISU members for this event: $15 tickets instead of $20, if purchased prior to the event.
Mention code "7A129" when ordering from U of T TIX (phone or in-person orders).
This event has attracted over 1,000 attendees in the past, so do book your ticket early!
ABSTRACT: The search for habitable worlds other than our own, from nearby in our solar system to far away exoplanets, is one of the
greatest scientific endeavors of human history. The discovery of many exoplanets in recent years as well as the astonishing discovery of
water on the moon has propelled this quest to the forefront of today's scientific research. With these discoveries in mind, ASX is pleased
to present a truly inspiring cast of speakers who are at the forefront of this field. Please come out on January 29th to hear these speakers
talk about their latest work and accomplishments as well as their perspectives on the search for other worlds and space exploration.
Fore more info: http://asx.sa.utoronto.ca/symposium/
CAISU Roadshow at the University of Western Ontario January 20 2010, 12:00noon-1:00PM
You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Dominic Veillette (SSP2007) and Marianne Mader (MSS2006)
on Wednesday January 20 2010 at 12:00 noon at the University of Western Ontario. The location is:
Graduate Lounge (basement level of Middlesex College), Back Room.
For more information contact Dominic Veillette by email email@example.com or
contact Marianne Mader by email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAISU Roadshow at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Monday January 18 2010, 12:00 noon
You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by CAISU President Jian Feng Shi (SSP2007) on Monday January 18 2010 at 12:00 noon
at the University of Toronto Institue of Aerospace Studies. The location is: 4925 Dufferin Street, Toronto.
For more information contact Jian Feng Shi by email email@example.com>.
CAISU Roadshow at the University of Toronto, Downtown Campus January 11 2010, 2:30PM
You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Reyman Rahnama (SSP2005)
on Friday January 15 2010 at 2:30PM at the University of Toronto. The location is: Engineering Science Building, Graduate Lounge.
For more information contact Peyman Rahnama by email Peyman.Rahnama@comdev.ca>.
CAISU Roadshow at the Université de Sherbrooke January 14, 2010, 12:40PM-13:30PM
You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Guy De Carufel, Tomas Hirmer, and Martin Cote (SSP2009)
on Thursday January 14 2010 at 12:40PM at the the Université de Sherbrooke. The location is: Agora du Carrefour de l'Information, Pavillon Georges-Canada, 2500 boulevard de l'Université.
Guy and Tomas will participate via Skype videoconference.
For more information contact Martin Cote by email firstname.lastname@example.org>.
CAISU Roadshow at York University January 7 2010, 2:00PM
You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Reyman Rahnama (SSP2005)
on Friday January 7 2010 at 2:00PM at York University. The location is: Petrie Science and Engineering Building, Rm. 258.
For more information contact Peyman Rahnama by email Peyman.Rahnama@comdev.ca>.
CAISU Roadshow at the University of Waterloo in Galt, Ontario December 16 2009 12:00 noon
You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Reggie MacIntosh (SSP2009)
on Wednesday December 16 at 12:00 noon at the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture, Main Lecture Hall.
For more information contact Reggie MacIntosh by email email@example.com>.
CAISU Roadshow in Calgary, Alberta December 11 2009 9AM-11AM
If you are in Calgary, you are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Natalie Panek on Friday December 11 at 9:00am at the
University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering Engineering (ENGG) Student Lounge. The address is: Block E, Main Floor, Room 134
For more information contact Natalie Panek by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAISU Roadshows in Montreal at McGill University and INRS-ÉMT December 8 2009 6PM and December 10 10AM
If you are in Montreal, you are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Adam Halpert,on Tuesday December 8 2009 at 6:00pm.
The location is Room 310 in the Bronfman Building at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.
The address is: 1001 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec.
For more information Contact Adam Halpert by email email@example.com.
And on Thursday December 10th at 10am, INRS doctoral student Alexandre Perron will present a CAISU Roadshow at the
Institut national de la recherche scientifique - Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications.
The location is: Place Bonaventure, 800, de La Gauchetire West, gate North-West, suite 6900, Conference Room.
For more information contact Alexandre Perron by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAISU Toronto Social Gathering at the Madison November 24 2009 8PM
Join Tahir Merali (SSP08, MSM09, SSP09) and CAISU President Jian Feng Shi (SSP07) at the Madison Avenue Pub in downtown Toronto
on Tuesday November 24 at 8:00PM! The pub is located at 14 Madison Avenue, off of Bloor Street West, and slightly east of Spadina (near the Spadina TTC subway station).
Canadian Space Summit, Kingston Ontario November 20-22 2009
Attend the annual CSS Space Summit at the Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario.
Full details are available online.
Keynote speaker: noted Canadian astronomer, Terence Dickinson, editor of Skynews and
author of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide.
CAISU will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Canadian Space Summit on Friday November 20 at 5:30pm.
The location is RMC Room MK350. Following the AGM, you are welcome to join CAISU family dinner at The Keg at 7:00pm at 300 King Street East in Kingston.
For those interested in attending the AGM in person or by teleconference call,
please contact CAISU President Jian Feng Shi by email email@example.com.
Message from Dr. Michael Simpson, President, ISU October 2009
This year's Masters students began their academic year on September 1st with enrollment at 55 --
just as the SSP, with a class of 131 students from 35 countries, concluded at the NASA/Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.
The 2008-2009 academic year was extraordinary in many ways:
An Executive MBA program (EMBA) uniquely focused on space was launched in June 2009 with 12 students in its inaugural class.
The program's initial offering has two-week residency modules in both the U.S. and Europe over an 18-month period.
A new academic position, Associate Dean, was created and Angie Bukley, ISU alumnae and a leading educator in the field of space systems,
joined the permanent faculty in Strasbourg, France in this position.
New members, with solid credentials in both teaching and research, have been added to our faculty in the areas of engineering and Space Life Sciences.
The Executive Space Course continues to flourish, offering a one-week comprehensive multi-disciplinary understanding of space for professionals,
particularly those with academic background outside of engineering & science.
Scholarship support has increased. The Ilan Ramon Scholarship Fund enabled four Israelis to attend this year's SSP,
and a generous donation from the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation served as the chartering gift to establish a Fellowship endowment in honor of ISU's visionary first Chancellor, Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
This year's SSP at NASA/Ames received record financial support from generous donors including Boeing, Cisco, Lockheed Martin,
the World Bank, Northrop Grumman, Oracle and Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies.
Our worldwide alumni community is reaching significant mass with more than 2,900 members --
it is rare to find a major space endeavor these days that does not involve ISU people.
Plus alumni have become the university's largest source of new students.
With graduates from 100 countries, in its brief 22 years of existence,
ISU has become not only one of the strongest advocates for international cooperation in space activity,
but also one of its best exemplars.
Perhaps the best thanks ISU provides to the many individuals and institutions
who have helped the university reach this point is via recognition that our alumni
are a "force" in today's vibrant space endeavors around the globe,
both in space science & exploration and in providing "down-to-earth" benefits to society from space technology and activities.
I invite you to join us in this adventure of learning and growth by staying in touch with ISU over the years.
Working together, we can expand our understanding of space while building a brighter and more sustainable future for the planet we all share.
NASA searches for water on the moon October 2009
Read the Globe and Mail article
on NASA's mission to find water on the moon using a rocket that was purposely crashed into the Cabeus crater near the moon's south pole.
According to Anthony Colaprete, the chief scientist for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission,
the mission found approximately 25 gallons of water in the form of ice and vapor.
ISU Students' IRIS experiment on ISS September 2009
Read the SATNEWS article on ISU students' experiment
IRIS (Image Reversal in Space)
conducted on the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk.
Canadian Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk addresses ISU with ARED on ISS August 20th, 2009
Canadian Astronaut Robert Thirsk onboard the ISS speaks with ISU SSP2009 students at NASA Ames International Space Station on a live downlink.
Bob Thirsk performed an evaluation of the aRED
(advanced Resistive Exercise Device), a high-tech exercise machine.
aRED counteracts muscle atrophy and bone demineralization caused by prolonged exposure to weightlessness in space.
Mission STS-127: Julie Payette on the ISS July 2009
Read the CSA summary of Julie Payette's activities on the ISS.
Julie Payette was the flight engineer for STS-127 shuttle mission to the International Space Station,
which delivered critical supplies and experiments.
On this mission, she operated three robotic arms: the Shuttle's Canadarm, the Station's Canadarm2 and a Japanese arm on Kibo.
Prime Minister Visit May 26th, 2009
During the NATO Summit in Strasbourg (April 3rd & 4 2009), the Office of Prime Minister Harper and the Canadian Embassy in Paris extended
an invitation to meet the 10 Canadian students currently studying at the ISU in Strasbourg.
On April 4th,
students met with Prime Minister Harper for about 30 minutes, participating in a photo shoot & brief chat and listened to the PM's address.
The students took advantage of this unique opportunity to present the PM with a letter written on behalf of all Canadian students andalumni, as well as presenting the PM with an ISU polo-shirt as a token of appreciation. Once the official photo is released, it will be sent along.
Reprinted below is the letter:
April 3rd, 2009
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 Canada
International Space University Canadian Students and Alumni Greeting
Dear Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper;
On behalf of the International Space University's (ISU) Canadian students and alumni, we the undersigned, thank you for meeting us during your visit
to Strasbourg during the NATO Summit April 3rd and 4th 2009. This initiative, of your office and the Canadian Space Agency, expresses the importance the
Canadian Government places on the Canadian space program, its role on the global stage, and its future leaders.
Our ethnic and educational backgrounds are a microcosm of Canadian multiculturalism at its best.
We look forward to joining the Canadian workforce complemented by the international, interdisciplinary and intercultural experience gained at ISU
and are hopeful that these skills will contribute to the further development of Canadian technologies.
Through the ISU program, we understand the necessity of engaging the greater Canadian society in Canada's space activities and are appreciative
of the active interest your office has taken in us as young Canadian professionals.
We appreciate your visit and look forward to playing a role in shaping Canada's future in space.
Tahir Merali - MSM'09, SSP'08
Zauher Abdullah - MSS'09, SSP'08
James Barth - MSS'09
Axel Bergman - MSM'09
Mario Ciaramicoli - MSS'09
Donny Cosic - MSS'09
Douglas Hemingway - MSS'09
Heather Henry - MSS'09, SSP'08
Farnoud Kazemzadeh - MSS'09
Jeremy Webb - MSS'09, SSP'08
Jian Feng Shi - SSP'07 - President, Canadian Alumni of the ISU (CAISU)
Kevin Shortt - SSP'07 - President, Canadian Space Society (CSS)
Regards, Tahir Merali - SSP08, MSM09
CAISU Logo Design Survey
You are invited to participate in the
CAISU New Logo Survey !
Cast your vote for your favorite design by Monday April 20 2009.
The winning logo design will be announced on Friday April 24 2009.
Thank you to all those who contributed to turn this event into a smoothly running workshop with very interesting presentations and many networking opportunities. The final NSAW report is now available
We are looking forward to seeing you at the next National Space Awareness Workshop, which will be held in Ottawa in 2010.
It is that time of the year again for CAISU Roadshows.
If you are doing a roadshow or have already done one, please send us an e-mail and let us know the
time, place and your contact for setting up your roadshow, as we are keeping a database to make roadshows easier for new alumni in the future.
I you would also like some posters for ISU 2009, please let us know.