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Surrey Promotes Aerospace Education at Colorado Gala Event

On November 16, Surrey Satellite Technology US (SST-US) proudly hosted ten outstanding Colorado aerospace students as part of our sponsorship of the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum’s annual Spreading Wings Gala. With sponsorship from more than a dozen local aerospace organizations, the evening event drew hundreds of aviation and space enthusiasts to the Denver-area museum.
Spreading Wings Gala dinner and celebration. Credit Allée Photography
We were honored to serve on the Gala steering committee and chose to support aerospace education in the Denver Front Range by sponsoring students from the U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Colorado, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Selected by the department chairs in their respective aerospace or engineering programs as academic standouts, the ten students were treated to a live Skype-cast from renowned astrophysicist and NOVA television host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In keeping with the Gala’s theme, “Creatures of the Cosmos: Why We Need to Reach for the Stars,” Dr. Tyson inspired the students, along with all attendees, as he made the case for a vibrant space program that looks beyond our own solar system and explores the universe to the benefit of everyone here on Earth.

“We are proud to have played a small role in encouraging these outstanding college students in their aerospace studies,” said Doug Gerull, SST-US chief operating officer. “If the students had any reservations about whether they are entering a field that is as exciting as it is important, Dr. Tyson blew their doubts away.”

Gerull attended the Gala along with SST-US CEO Dr. John Paffett and CFO Becky Yoder.

We are pleased to recognize the academic efforts of the following students who attended the Wings Over the Rockies Gala:

Representing the U.S. Air Force Academy were Cadets First Class Stephen Shea, Zachary Decker, Elijah Baik, James Millar, and Eric Peek. The University of Colorado’s Aerospace Engineering Sciences department and Engineering department had four students in attendance— Michael Trowbridge, Christopher Nie, Arielle Blum, and John Marcantonio. Ryan Yoder represented Metropolitan State University’s Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science.

Image: Air Force Academy Cadets First Class Baik, Peek and Millar enjoy the Wings Over the Rockies Gala. Credit Blacktie LLC.

Joining us at the Surrey table were Dr. Tom Bogdan, president of the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research;  Col. Ed Rios, president/CEO of CyberSpace Operations Consulting, Inc.; Dr. Penny Axelrad, professor and chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado; Lt. Col. Jerry Sellers, Teaching Science & Technology, Inc.; Tim Fromm, senior systems engineer at CyberSpace Operations Consulting, Inc.; and Lt. Col. David Barnhart, PhD, director of the Space Systems Research Center, Department of Astronautics, U.S. Air Force Academy.

If you are interested in visiting Wings Over the Rockies at the former Lowry Air Force Base or learning more about its many aviation and space education programs, visit


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