Above: The EMER-GEN Program includes mentoring by leaders in the space industry including Doug Loverro, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, DoD (center of table). 

The EMER-GEN™ program organized by Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) will return for its second year at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference from Sept. 15 to 17 on Maui. A joint initiative of the conference and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), EMER-GEN is designed for young professionals and students who are enthusiastic about careers in space.

The EMER-GEN Program offers professional development opportunities through presentations, panel discussions and mentoring with renowned space leaders from the public sector (military and civil), private sector, academia and NGOs. Participants will be exposed to technical short courses that serve to expand technical job skills and help them stay informed about recent developments in their respective fields. The program also includes networking opportunities with other young professionals. The mentoring and professional development sessions will guide discussion on key questions and challenges to space cooperation and help future leaders meet and connect with current leaders and professionals.

“EMER-GEN was a great opportunity to learn from renowned space specialists, network with industry peers and learn professional skills,” said planning committee member, Robert Kalei Miler, a geospatial information analyst with Pacific Disaster Center. “The knowledge and experiences I gained from EMER-GEN will help me with my continued career growth.”

A panel of space industry leaders and young professionals discuss communication in multicultural, generationally diverse and team settings during the EMER-GEN program in 2018.

A panel of space industry leaders and young professionals discuss communication in multicultural, generationally diverse and team settings during the EMER-GEN program in 2018.

To ensure the program stays relevant to its young audience, MEDB is drawing on the input of young professionals. The planning committee includes two alumni of the 2018 EMER-GEN cohort, along with two members of SGAC.

“We received valuable, constructive feedback from the 2018 cohort, what worked, what didn’t, and that has helped us to shape the 2019 program,” said Sandy Ryan, conference director, MEDB. “It’s important to engage the young professionals in the planning to find out what they want and need for their own professional development. As a joint initiative with SGAC, we are looking forward to tapping even more into their experience in coordinating similar events.”

SGAC is a global, nonprofit NGO and network that aims to represent university students and young space professionals at the United Nations, space agencies, industry and academia.
EMER-GEN is limited to 40 participants to maintain an intimate setting for the program. Learn more and register for the EMER-GEN program here.

Young professionals and students are also invited to attend the 20th annual AMOS Conference from Sept. 17 to 20 at a special rate. Considered the premiere technical conference in the nation devoted to space surveillance, participants include a cross-section of military, contractor and academic personnel engaging in dialogue and collaboration on a national and global scale. The continued growth in attendance and participating countries reflects a growing interest in Space Situational Awareness as national governments, start-up companies, universities and non-governmental entities become more involved in space activities.

The conference will be held at the Wailea Beach Resort on Maui from Sept. 17 to 20. Learn more and register online.