Space: The Next Frontier for International Relations Majors

Date & Time August 5, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
IGL General

Katherine Monson A13, CEO of KSAT Inc. for Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT); Lauren Milord A12, Director of Programs, DreamUp

Katherine Monson is the CEO of KSAT Inc. for Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT). KSAT is a world-leading provider of ground station services for satellites, rocket launchers, and experimental spacecraft – supporting over 96% of commercial satellites launched into NGSO during the last two years. With over 50 years of experience, KSAT’s network today spans over 180 antennas at 20 ground station locations across the globe (including Pole to Pole coverage from Antarctica to the Arctic), and is constantly expanding. KSAT is proud to be the behind-the-scenes bridge back to earth, supporting the vast majority of space companies, agencies, and start-ups. Katherine began her career in aerospace as an early member of Spire Global. During her tenure at Spire, Katherine led the Ground Station department, building out a global network of infrastructure to download data from the constellation of over forty spacecraft. Katherine is an avid hiker, and enjoys learning new languages and exploring new places. She lives in Boulder County, Colorado.

Lauren Milord is Director of Programs at DreamUp, where she believes that a learner’s early educational experiences can make or break their pathway to a STEM Career. Lauren works with a range of international space agencies and focuses on expanding access to space-based educational opportunities, including microgravity experiments, and the DreamKit and DreamCoder product lines. Prior to joining DreamUp, Lauren was Community Engagement Specialist in the Office of Engagement at Boston Public Schools where she engaged all sectors of the BPS community in conversations about district policy changes and ensured that community-based and faith-based organizations partnered successfully with BPS schools. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in International Security at Tufts University. When she’s not inspiring dreamers, you can find Lauren Irish dancing wherever a good wooden floor can be found.

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