Space Foundation Vice President Receives Northern State University Education Award

Space Foundation Vice President Receives Northern State University Education Award

Bryan DeBates, Space Foundation Vice President – Education and alumnus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, has been named recipient of the University’s Millicent M. Atkins School of Education Award. This prestigious award is given to graduates who have distinguished themselves through personal successes and civic contributions, while bringing a sense of pride to the college community.

“I am deeply honored and grateful to be receiving this award and to join the long line of distinguished alumni from NSU who have helped shape its rich history,” DeBates said. “I hope my story inspires others at Northern to believe that an education here can propel them to change lives around the world.”

DeBates is also recipient of the 2014 Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal, a global education award presented by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

DeBates leads the development and implementation of the Space Foundation’s global education programs that support science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education. He also oversees all aspects of the Space Foundation’s Discovery Center space museum and education center in Colorado Springs.

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation has the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers and currently employs 57 people nationwide, in addition to interns, Federal Work Study students and contractors. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Space Foundation Contact:   
Carol Hively, Director – Public Relations & Team Communications
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