International Space University-Center for Space Entrepreneurship
Offering Innovative Certification
MELBOURNE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In its first U.S.-based education partnership, International Space
University has joined with the Center for Space Entrepreneurship at
Florida Tech to launch an innovative graduate certificate program that
will help prepare students and industry professionals for success in the
rapidly evolving commercial space industry.
Known as the ISU-CSE Commercial Space Program, the 12-credit,
four-course certificate program complements existing master’s
degree-level programs in engineering, business and social sciences.
Proven industry and academic figures, including NASA experts and
private-sector pioneers, will serve as faculty members and lecturers.
They will provide students with rigorous, practical training in space
finance, policy, management, technology and entrepreneurship.
Upon completion of the four courses, students earn a certificate in
Commercial Space Studies and credits transferable to partner
institutions, such as The Ohio State University.
“Commercial space is growing at lightning speed, and there is an acute
need for effective and educated leaders in this complex sector,” said
Andrew Aldrin, director of the Center for Space Entrepreneurship. “This
is the only graduate certificate program in the United States that
focuses on nurturing that next generation of thought leaders in the
world of commercial and entrepreneurial space.”
Taking place on Florida’s Space Coast, this fully accredited, summer
intensive program will give a maximum of 50 graduate students and young
professionals from around the world the opportunity to gain valuable
academic and real-world insight to spark economic innovation within the
emerging commercial space sector.
“Florida Tech was founded at the dawn of the Space Age and over the last
60 years has helped educate the men and women, from astronauts to
mission managers, who have defined and developed the space industry,”
said Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay. “The ISU-CSE program proudly
continues this legacy, pairing leading instructors with the latest
scholarship to produce classes and experiences of the utmost benefit to
The first Commercial Space Program cohort will be held from June 3-July
12, 2019, at the world-renowned Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
The Visitor Complex offers an array of fully equipped classrooms and
learning spaces, while providing students access to regular space
launches and unprecedented networking and formal technical exchange
opportunities with industry executives, government officials,
scientists, engineers, investors and enthusiasts.
“Tomorrow’s leaders in space commerce need a balance of subject-matter
expertise, critical business evaluation skills and a global mindset,”
said Juan de Dalmau, president of ISU, which has partnered with Florida
Tech to host the program. “We’ve developed a dynamic program that
fulfills this need. It’s a fantastic opportunity not only for
graduate-level students who are passionate about space, but for young
current industry professionals looking to expand their horizons.”
To apply for the program, interested participants should visit https://isucse.fit.edu/.
All applications are due by April 30, 2019. Accepted applicants will be
notified on a rolling basis up to May 6.
About The Center for Space Entrepreneurship
Space University (ISU)-Center for Space Entrepreneurship (CSE) at
Florida Tech inspires and trains the next generation of commercial space
leaders. It is led by a global team of leading space organizations
focused on development along Florida’s Space Coast. Partners include
several Florida universities, ISU, Ohio State University, the Aerospace
Corporation, the Space Angels Network, NASA Kennedy Space Center
(NASA-KSC) and the Delaware North Corporation. In addition to formal
accredited courses, the CSE conducts workshops, corporate training and
networking events for space professionals, as well as supports incubator
and accelerators for space start-up companies.
About Florida Institute of Technology
Celebrating 60 years of relentlessly pursuing greatness, Florida Tech
was founded in 1958 at the dawn of the Space Race that would soon define
the Atlantic coast of Florida and captivate the nation. Now the premier
private technological university in the Southeast, Florida Tech is a
Tier 1 Best National University in U.S. News & World Report
and one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the Fiske Guide to
Colleges. Ranked among the top 5 percent of 18,000 degree-granting
institutions worldwide in the 2018-19 World University Rankings and
named one of just 14 U.S.-based Golden Age universities in 2018 by Times
Higher Education, Florida Tech is one of the nation’s Best Value
Colleges as determined by Forbes in 2018. Florida Tech offers
bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and aviation,
engineering, computing and cybersecurity, business, science and
mathematics, psychology, education and communication. Learn more at www.fit.edu.
Angelica DeLuccia Morrissey
Griffin Communications Group