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Student webinar: Launch your space career

Space careers

The Young Space Explorers webinar is designed to help students explore outta-this-world space careers

It’s no secret that Australia’s local space sector needs STEM grads – and fast. Space companies are crying out for those skilled up in science, tech, engineering and maths smarts, with The Australian Space Agency aiming to triple the size of our space sector and create 20,000 local jobs in the next 10 years.

So, how do we get students to start looking into out-of-the-box space pathways that’ll secure them an in-demand role? By tuning into events like the Young Space Explorers careers webinar.

Young Space Explorers webinar

The Young Space Explorers webinar was a companion event for the New Space Workforce initiative. It is designed for students who can not physically attend the face to face Young Space Explorers event in Sydney (December 2).

Featuring panellists from NASA and the Australian Space Agency, the must-watch space careers webinar was hosted by Careers with STEM and brought to you by the STEM Industry School Partnerships, Lockheed Martin, the Australian Space Agency and Fizzics Education.

Check out the highlights from the Young Space Explorers mega careers event and find out about the opportunities there are for amazing careers in space!

2022 Young Space Explorers Webinar from Fizzics Education on Vimeo.

Meet the panelists

Moderator, Heather Catchpole, Head of Content & Co-founder, Refraction Media

Heather Catchpole, Refraction Media

Heather co-founded STEM-specialist media company Refraction Media in 2013 with a view to creating a smarter future – one in which everyone has access to the skills they need to make a better planet. Telstra shortlisted business Refraction Media have distributed over 2 million magazines to students across the USA, Australia and New Zealand through the Careers with STEM brand. Heather also sits on the Board of Science and Technology Australia, Australia’s peak body representing over 90,000 scientists.

Adrian Brown, Deputy Program Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission

Adrian Brown, NASA

Adrian is currently working as a planetary science researcher at the NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. After receiving his electrical engineering degree, Adrian served with the Royal Australian Navy as a weapons engineer and fire control officer on Her Majesty’s Australian Ships CANBERRA and ARUNTA, in addition to numerous shore postings around Australia.

Adrian is a qualified single-engine pilot and has flown aircraft over the 3.5-billion-year-old rocks in the Pilbara region of Western Australia during his PhD to simulate the actions of a drone on Mars, in much the same way the Mars helicopter Ingenuity will. Adrian is a certified Java programmer, and has worked as a software engineer for a variety of commercial projects.

Alice Fairey, Australian Space Agency

Alice Fairey, Senior Programs and Operations Officer, Australian Space Agency

Like most career journeys, Alice didn’t arrive at this role via the shortest possible route. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Chemistry at Sydney University, they started a PhD, researching methods of making thin coatings of electrically conductive transparent materials by putting pieces of glass into a vacuum chamber full of plasma.

Before very long, they realised they enjoyed talking about their research more than actually doing it, so after taking a year off studying to reflect on this, Alice ran away to Canberra to join the Questacon Science Circus, attaining a Master of Science Communication (Outreach). Since then, Alice has combined their laboratory and communication skills to work as a science presenter, a fairy for a children’s entertainment company, a biomedical field technician and engineer, and a lab manager at a high school, (among a few other things), before finally joining the Australian Space Agency in 2021 as a Space Communicator, and then as a Senior Programs and Operations Officer.

Sandra Magnus, Engineer

Sandra Hall Magnus

Sandra Hall Magnus is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. She returned to Earth with the crew of STS-119 Discovery on March 28, 2009, after having spent 134 days in orbit. She was assigned to the crew of STS-135, the final mission of the Space Shuttle. From 2012 until 2018 Magnus was the executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Ted Tagami, CEO and co-founder of Magnitude.io

Ted Tagami

Having built and sold his first dotcom in the 1990s, Ted has been building Internet relationships since 1994. With leading work at Knight Ridder Digital and global brand experience at digital agency Millions of Us, Ted brings a unique perspective to modern experiential learning through the implementation of science and engineering based on the Next Generation Science Standards. He also serves as the Education Chair for the User Advisory Committee of the ISS US National Lab.

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