A free virtual symposium designed to inspire students to pursue space and science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM-related careers is launching this fall. The meeting of Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES)—a program of University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s College of Natural and Health Sciences—will highlight space exploration and technology.
“The goal of the Space Science Symposium is to give students a realistic overview of what space careers are like. Many different disciplines are involved and we hope to inspire students to pursue their own aspirations through the academic and professional stories of our presenters,” said Christopher Yoakum, a communications officer at PISCES.
PISCES will feature a nanomaterials scientist from billionaire Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company Blue Origin in an upcoming talk on Tuesday, November 14, at 3 p.m. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre currently leads crew mockups development for the MK2 lunar lander program at Blue Origin.
In October, PISCES hosted aerospace engineer Amber Imai-Hong, a Hawaiʻi Island native who focused on remote sensing research she conducts at the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Space Flight Laboratory.