SEDS Announces New Executive Board

November 9, 2010 in Press Releases by SEDS Webmaster

October 9th, 2010
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.

During the final day of the 2010 Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-USA) SpaceVision conference at the University of Illinois, representatives from SEDS chapters across the country voted to appoint twelve new board members to lead the national student organization for the 2010-2011 term.

SEDS-USA welcomes back board members Rick Hanton, Sara Meschberger, Dave Holewka, David DeBoth, and Josh Sosa. They will be joined by new board members Dan Pastuf, Hallie Gengl, Christopher Ogden, Zach Liquiorman, Mike Lotto, Dina Cavicchia, and Anna Ho.

The new executive board team pledges to continue SEDS’ mission of space education while looking towards expanding our organization. We hope to continue working with our many partner organizations to support each other, obtain increased funding for the SEDS-USA endowment fund, and manage a series of competitions for students and young professionals in the coming year.

Representatives also voted for the 2011 yearly SEDS-USA national SpaceVision conference to be hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder chapter of SEDS-USA, located in Boulder, Colorado. The board congratulates the University of Colorado students on their successful submission and will look forward to that conference in November 2011.

The 2010-2011 Directors of SEDS-USA:

  • Chair – Rick Hanton (Senior in computer engineering at Iowa State University)
  • Vice Chair – Sara Meschberger (Junior in communications and linguistics at the University of Arizona)
  • Chapter Affairs – Dan Pastuf ( Senior in aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo)
  • Chapter Expansion – Hallie Gengl (Junior in earth and space exploration and climatology at Arizona State University)
  • Finance – Christopher Ogden (Senior in business administration at the University at Buffalo)
  • Publications – Dave Holewka (Junior in aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo)
  • Projects – David DeBoth (Senior in physics and space science at the Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Webmaster – Josh Sosa (Senior in computer science at the University of Arizona)
  • Public Outreach – Zach Liquorman (Junior in philosophy at University at Buffalo)
  • Secretary – Mike Lotto (Sophmore in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder)
  • Educational Outreach – Dina Cavicchia (Senior in physics education at the University of Central Florida)
  • High School Affairs – Anna Ho (Freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Media Contact:

Richard Hanton
Chairman, SEDS-USA
Phone: (651) 747-5864

About SEDS:

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, pro-space organization. Founded in 1980 by students frustrated with the stagnation of NASA after Apollo, SEDS has inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEDS supports a network of over 25 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student run space conference in the world, provides students opportunities to develop their leadership skills and professional networks, and inspires others through their involvement in space-related projects. Alumni can be found throughout the space industry in both traditional and “New Space” companies. For more information visit:

Congress to vote on NASA Authorization Act

September 26, 2010 in News by SEDS Webmaster

The US House of Representatives will soon be voting on the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, legislation that will determine the direction of NASA for the next three years.

There is contention in the space community over differences in the language and funding allocations between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The SEDS-USA executive board encourages members of the general public, industry, and students to evaluate the differences between the two versions and form their own opinion on this crucial matter.

The SEDS-USA Executive Board finds the House version (H.R. 5781) inadequate in its funding and policy decisions, and urges the House to adopt the Senate version of the authorization.

SEDS-USA encourages everyone to voice their opinion on this issue.
House Representatives can be reached either by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected to your Representative, or by directly looking up their numbers at

To help get your point across when you call your representative, fill in the blanks of this statement:
“Hello, my name is (First Name) (Last Name). I am a resident of (Town) (State), calling to encourage (Name of Representative) to push for approval of the (Senate or House) version of the NASA Authorization Act.”

The authorization acts in full can be found at and

Don’t have time to read both of the proposals? SEDS has made a side-by-side comparison of the funding differences in the two versions of the bill to help you make an informed decision. This comparison can be seen below:

The differences between the two bills amount to more than just money, and a good summary can be found at

Whichever bill you feel is superior, it is imperative you call your House Representatives before Tuesday, September 28!