GAS PhD Candidate Miracle Israel Nazarious has been awarded with a grant, by the International Space University (ISU), to be part of the Space Studies Program 2019, hosted at the ISU central campus, Strasbourg, France. The Space Studies Program is a nine-week intensive, professional development course for graduate participants, as well as for young and seasoned professionals of all disciplines. Organized by the prestigious International Space University it is a unique educational experience with a curriculum that covers the principal space-related fields, both technical and non-technical.
The topics covered range from engineering, space sciences, and space applications, to life sciences, law, policy, management, business, and humanities. The interdisciplinary curriculum offered in the Space Studies Program, with its emphasis on international cooperation, exposes the participants to broad new perspectives on the international space activities that might otherwise be reserved for those with many years of diverse professional experience.
The expectations of Miracle about his SSP participation are “I expect that the Space Studies Program to serve as a great platform to learn some new aspects of space apart from my current expertise in space engineering and technology. In addition to that, since the philosophy of the International Space University is interdisciplinary, international, and intercultural, and all the participants have the same ideology, I will definitely help me to network and connect with like-minded peers who might work with me in the future on exciting international space projects.”.
The Space Studies Program is packed with a wide variety of activities including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work assignments, and professional visits. He has chosen a specific itinerary in the Program “The Core Lecture Series that runs for the first 4 weeks which is common for all the participants that covers all the different disciplines in space. For the second part of the program, I have chosen the ‘Human Performance in Space’ department to have some insights on the medical aspects and the human factors during a space travel. I am fascinated that space has the power to pull in different disciplines and provides the opportunity to find the links between different disciplines. And for the third part of the program, I will be working on the capabilities of space technologies in efficient urban planning on Earth and provide societal benefits from making our lives easier, inspire future generations to continue working on advancing the scientific understanding of space.”
Each year the program evolves for a better understanding about the needs of the participants and their employers. Miracle is interested to share with his Program colleagues… “As an engineering PhD candidate within the Group of Atmospheric Science, while representing the group, I look forward to share my expertise and experience working with an ongoing Mars instrument ‘HABIT’ and all the efforts the scientists and engineers putting forth in terms of space exploration in a sustainable way and towards a common goal. At the same time, I am more than excited to learn from the other participants about space from various perspectives, but also on other fields from lawyers, business people and so on.”
The full video of the opening ceremony is here.