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04-29-2016

Clarkson University's Regel Chairs Symposium in Paris on "Emerging STEM/STEAM for Space"

Clarkson University Distinguished Research Professor Liya Regel organized and chaired the first symposium on “Emerging STEM/STEAM for Space” in Paris, last month, under the auspices of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while STEAM also incorporates the creative arts.

Fabrice Dennemont, IAA office; Guy André Boy, dean, School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art, Florida Institute of Technology and IPA chief scientist, Human-Centered Design, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Jean-Michel Contant, General Secretary of the International Academy of Astronautics; and Liya Regel, chair the first IAA symposium and study group on “STEM/STEAM for Space.This symposium was the first major function of the IAA Study Group on “STEM/STEAM for Space. Grand Challenges," which was proposed by Regel and enthusiastically accepted by the IAA.

The academy invited Regel to co-chair the study group with Professor Wesley Harris of MIT, a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Members of this study group include well-known scientists and educators from space agencies, government research organizations, universities, and aerospace companies from many countries.

The symposium included impressive lectures and lively discussions by the international participants on developments in STEAM relevant to space activities. The event was held in the historic and famous “Les Salons de l ’Aero-Club de France.”

“Paris seemed to be the most appropriate venue for the first symposium on STEAM for space because its most notable landmark and cultural icon is the Eifel Tower, a perfect illustration of the union of the STEAM subjects," said Regel. "In 1889, Gustav Eifel completed his magnificent beautiful creation using his knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. And where does the tower point? To space! It reminds me of a rocket on its launch pad.”

Regel said that the Symposium participants concluded that STEAM education for space will remain essential for continued progress of humanity’s journey to the stars.

Jean-Michel Contant, General Secretary of the IAA, opened the symposium with a lecture on the impressive and remarkable history of the academy.

Other talks submitted for presentation, included:

- “On the application of STEAM principles in space project design,” Wesley L. Harris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

- “A model for enhancing STEM and space education for underserved students,” Julia Clark, Program Director in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the National Science Foundation.

- “The Mars Lab: An innovative and multidisciplinary integration of space engineering and science research with a self-sustaining space education and outreach project,” Carol Oliver and Brett Biddington, Australian Center for Astrobiology School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences University of New South Wales, Kensington.

- “Partnering for success in STEM education and innovation: a statewide university system and a national laboratory,” Stacey S. Patterson, Associate Vice President for Research, The University of Tennessee and Vice President, UT Research Foundation.

- “From Leonardo da Vinci to future STEAM education for space,” Giovanni Maizza, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Center Director, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy.

- “Best practices in STEM/STEAM education at the Mexican Space Agency,” Carlos Duarto, Deputy Director General for Space Education, Agencia Espacial Mexicana.

- “Creativity as integration: A crucial shift from STEM to STEAM,” Guy Boy, Florida Institute of Technology and NASA Kennedy Space Center.

- “Femtosatellites for space education,” Jordi L. Gutiérrez and Pilar Gil-Pons, Department of Physics, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain.

- “Emerging STEM/STEAM and space: lessons learned from the FP7 project ICARUS – an SAR project with an innovative dissemination and public outreach strategy,” Norbert Frischauf, Philippe Carous, Stephane Ourevitch, Almudena Velasco Rodriguez, SpaceTEC Partners, and Geert de Cubber, Royal Military Academy of Belgium.

- “Nurturing creativity in youth to improve STEM education for the Space 4.0 era,” Oleg Ventskovsky, Director, Yuzhnoye Design Office European Representation in Brussels, Ukraine.

- “STEM education for space in Italy: girls can do it,” Amalia Finzi, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali, Ingegneria Aerospaziale, Politecnico di Milano via La Masa, Milano, Italy.

- “Integrating arts with STEM education - the Indian perspective,” Radhika Ramachadran, Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, India.

- “The study of Russian literature should be included in the training of physician-cosmonauts,” Vassily Loginov and Elena Yu. Bytchkova, Faculty of Basic Medicine, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation.

- “A proposal for a Space Engineering B.Sc. at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,” Jordi L. Gutiérrez and Pilar Gil-Pons, Department of Physics, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain.

Regel is internationally recognized for her pioneering and innovative research on heavy-ion beams for modification of properties of various kinds of crystals, on materials processing at high gravity and in space, and on diamond synthesis at low pressure and temperature.

The International Academy of Astronautics recognized her “for contributions to the advancement of international cooperation and leadership in materials research in space” with its prestigious Basic Sciences Award. She is the only materials scientist to have received this award.

She has made broad and significant contributions to the world’s scientific and technical literature, including serving as the sole author of six monographs, published in Russia, UK, and France; editing six books and conference proceedings, appearing in English, Russian and French; publishing over 290 papers; making over 600 presentations, including invited keynote addresses, plenary speeches, lectures and invited seminars, papers for many special occasions; and international scientific meetings, universities and companies around the world.

A decade ago, Regel pointed out the symbiosis between science, art, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in her lectures, art exhibitions, and sound-image presentations of her music compositions.

Regel says that the STEM subjects enable developments in the arts, while the arts can stimulate creativity in STEM. She coined the acronym STEAM to represent this relationship. In recent years, Regel has become a popular inspirational speaker on STEAM education and on important women’s issues at international conferences and at universities around the globe.

Regel founded and now directs the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson. These highly successful events promote understanding of recent developments and trends in engineering for students, faculty and the local community. She was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Alabama A&M University for her academic accomplishments in science and art (the only woman scientist to receive this honor), and an honorary degree of doctor of science from Clarkson (the only active faculty member to receive the degree).

Planning for the Second Symposium on “STEAM for Space” is underway with several countries vying to act as the host.

Photo caption: (left to right) Fabrice Dennemont, IAA office; Guy André Boy, dean, School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art, Florida Institute of Technology and IPA chief scientist, Human-Centered Design, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Jean-Michel Contant, General Secretary of the International Academy of Astronautics; and Liya Regel, chair the first IAA symposium and study group on “STEM/STEAM for Space."

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/lregel-stem-steam-2016.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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