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    AIAA Foundation Awards Iridium NEXT Scholarships to Three Students


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    AIAA Foundation Awards Iridium NEXT Scholarships to Three Students
    Winners Selected for Academic Excellence in "STEM" Subjects

    September 6, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation) is pleased to announce the award of Iridium NEXT scholarships to three undergraduate students who have demonstrated a high standard of academic excellence in the “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The winners are:

    • Seth Gordon, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., who received a $25,000 scholarship.

    • Monica Hew, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, who received a $15,000 scholarship.

    • Alexandra Long, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, who received a $5,000 scholarship.

    The Iridium NEXT Scholarship Fund, administered by the AIAA Foundation, aims to help create a workforce that will further the mission of Iridium NEXT, a bold vision for a second-generation satellite constellation to expand Iridium’s capability to meet rapidly expanding demand for truly global mobile communications on land, at sea, and in the sky.

    AIAA Executive Director Robert S. Dickman stated: “The Iridium scholarship program supports very deserving students who are embarking on a journey into the aerospace profession that will bring them satisfaction they can only imagine now. Whether it will be in providing innovative solutions to immediate problems, as Iridium does so effectively, or helping to explore our solar system and universe, as the Curiosity team has demonstrated so well, or building the next generation aircraft, aerospace remains among the most challenging and rewarding career paths. We at AIAA are honored to partner with the Iridium team on this wonderful scholarship program. We congratulate the recipients and wish them the very best in their studies.”

    Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations, and assets anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications, and it has a major development program underway for its next-generation network – Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services, and partner solutions, please visit

    The AIAA Foundation seeks to “make it exciting, make it empowering, and make it fun.” That simple, compelling philosophy drives the Foundation’s commitment to math, science, and technology education. The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators from K–12 through the university level: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences, improving scientific literacy and advancing the arts and sciences of aerospace. For more information on the AIAA Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and professionals, please visit



    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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