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2021 Session Recordings

The NC Space Grant 2021 Space Symposium was held virtually April 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Zoom.

For more information on the 2021 NC Space Symposium, explore the options in the menu on the right side of this page.

Session 1: Keynote Speaker NASA Astronaut Zena Cardman

NASA astronaut Zena Cardman joins the NC Space Symposium to talk about her experiences as an NC Space Grant scholar and fellow, as well as her journey to becoming an astronaut.

Session 2: Research and Technology Applications: NC Space Grant Alumni

Three alumni discuss their journeys from NC Space Grant-supported students to professionals in space science and technology careers.


  • Matthew Mickens, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Elevate Farms
  • Stephanie Smith, Contamination Control Engineer, United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • Ryan Theurer, Satellite Visualization Programmer, GVT LLC
  • Moderated by Julie Hoover, Executive Implementation Support Specialist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Session 3: NC Space Grant Fellow and Scholar Lightning Talks

View the student lightning talks presented during the NC Space Symposium, as well as navigate to pre-recorded presentations and posters from other 2019-20 and 2020-21 NC Space Grant fellows and scholars, at the link above.

NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center’s Jimmy Acevedo leads a question and answer session with the student lightning talk presenters.

Session 4: Careers in Space Panel

Professionals from NASA, Blue Origin, the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, Hypersizer Corporation and Skydio, Inc. talk about their own career trajectories and offer advice for students and young professionals excited to find career opportunities in aerospace fields.