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MOC LSSU Informational Event

(Kincheloe, MI) – On Friday, December 1, 2023 the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation hosted an informative meeting that provided the opportunity for attendees to learn about the Mission Operations Center (MOC) located in Kincheloe, MI.

The event provided an insightful presentation, highlighting the cutting-edge work and educational opportunities available for Lake Superior State University (LSSU) students at the MOC. Guests included Dr. Kimberly Muller, LSSU Interim Provost, faculty members, including Dr. Edoardo Sarda, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Dr. Christopher Smith, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Dustin Mangone and Bethany Roberts (students in the initial cohort of the LSSU certificate), State Senators Ed McBroom, and John Damoose. The event brought together key stakeholders and contributors to the space exploration and operations initiative in northern Michigan, emphasizing the collaborative efforts between Lake Superior State University and the broader community.

Among the notable speakers were Dr. Brandon “BT” Cesul of KBR, Inc., a consultant with LSSU on the creation of the Space Missions and Operations Certificate. Dr. Cesul, in collaboration with three LSSU faculty members, played a crucial role in shaping the educational programs, including the courses SPAC 310 Introduction to Space Systems and SPACE 410 Space Operations Fundamentals, contributing to the university’s commitment to fostering excellence in space-related education.

Stanley Kennedy Jr., consultant on the infrastructure at the Homestead Mission Operations Center, provided valuable insights into the center’s operational framework and future goals. From its inception, the MOC embodied Kennedy’s visionary ideals. His philanthropy has played a pivotal role in acquiring the equipment essential to the MOC’s operations.

Senator Damoose was instrumental in obtaining a $250,000 Michigan enhancement grant to stand up the certificate program. “What I love most about LSSU is how the school is able to combine academics with real world, hands-on experiences,” said John Damoose, Michigan State Senator.

The event was a testament to the collaborative spirit driving the Mission Operations Center’s success, with Lake Superior State University at the forefront of space education and exploration in northern Michigan. Space is looking U.P. in Michigan!