Carroll University to Host 32nd Annual Wisconsin Space Conference

Author: Kelly Gehringer

Published Date: 8/10/2022

Categories: Academics

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Waukesha, Wis. (Aug. 4, 2022) – Carroll University will host the 32nd annual Wisconsin Space Conference on Friday, Aug. 12. This year’s conference invites local students of all ages, teachers of all levels and the wider Carroll community to explore the use of drones in space.

The program will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in Stackner Ballroom, located in the Campus Center (100 N East Ave). Tim Canham, software and operations lead for Mars Helicopter for NASA will give the keynote address, “Drones on Mars: The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.”

The annual conference is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at Carroll University and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC), a joint effort between NASA and organizations across the state. WSGC is dedicated to helping provide Wisconsin students, researchers, educators, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders with the tools, connections and resources needed to make the aerospace community in the state of Wisconsin thrive and grow.

The WSGC conference will feature presentations, poster sessions and networking opportunities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about NASA partnerships, internships and scholarships, industry partners, careers in the space and aerospace fields, academic research and team projects from student research teams from across the state.

“The use of drone technology will only continue to grow across many sectors of the 21st century labor market, which made the decision to partner with WSGC not rocket science – but a no brainer," said Dr. Kareem R. Muhammad, dean of Carroll's College of Arts and Sciences. "We couldn't be more excited to host this day-long discussion exploring how this technology is making an impact in our world and beyond.”

Matt Wallace, deputy director for Planetary Science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will also give a speech: “The Search for Ancient Life: Getting the Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter to Mars.” Wallace served as the Mars 2020 project manager and initiated the concept work for the Mars 2020 mission.

The WSGC conference is open to the public. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for all in-person attendees. Registration ends on Friday, Aug. 5.
To learn more about ticket pricing and the conference schedule, visit

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