SEDS-USA's major event in the Fall was SpaceVision 2013. SpaceVision, the national conference for SEDS-USA and the largest student-run space conference in the world, is hosted every Fall by a select SEDS university chapter. This year's conference was hosted by the chapter at Arizona State University (ASU) on their beautiful, sunny campus in Tempe, Arizona. Speakers included Bill Nye, the Science Guy and CEO of The Planetary Society; Phil Plait, author of the Bad Astronomer blog; and Bob Richards, co-founder of SEDS, Moon Express, and International Space University (among others!). The conference drew hundreds of students who are not just interested in space but are dedicated to the development and pursuit of space exploration, the future leaders of our nation -- and our solar system.
The results of year-long competitions and efforts were presented at SpaceVision 2013, including the winning teams of the High-Powered Rocketry Competition and NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition as well as National Awards for chapters and individuals. This year's High-Powered Rocketry Competition saw a 50% growth in participation and the University of Buffalo (UB) SEDS took first prize with a rocket that reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet. UB SEDS also won the Satellite Project of the Year Award for their GLint Analyzing Data Observation Satellite (GLADOS) project. The University of California at San Diego SEDS won both the NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition and the Technical Project of the Year award for their 3D printed rocket engines, in addition to the national award for Best New Chapter. SEDS-ASU won Chapter of the Year for their fantastic work on SpaceVision planning and other projects and the University of North Carolina SEDS (UNC) won Outreach Project of the Year for the Carolina Space Symposium. The Todd Hawley Award for Student Leadership was awarded to 2012-2013 Chair of SEDS-USA Michael Zwach and the Darrell D. Cain Award of Excellence was awarded to Dan Pastuf, Executive Director and 2011-2012 Chair of SEDS-USA. SpaceVision 2013 also facilitated the Council of Chapters, a national meeting for all chapters to meet face-to-face and elect the new year's Board of Directors as well as the chapter that will host SpaceVision 2014. Next year's conference will be hosted by our chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's top public research university.
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