ASU welcomes its first class of student space ambassadors

Students from across the university to serve as representatives for the Space@ASU program

September 9, 2022

Arizona State University has launched its first cohort of Space@ASU student ambassadors, welcoming 13 students from a variety of schools and colleges.

The program was started with the aim to bring together students from many disciplines across the university, who all have a passion for space, to serve as representatives of Space@ASU among their peers. Space@ASU student ambassadors Download Full Image

The ambassadors come from units such as The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the School of Life Sciences, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the W. P. Carey School of Business. 

“My major is sports journalism but space is keeping this other door open for me," first-year student Ben Parris said. "It’s so exciting that I get to meet people I otherwise would have no opportunity to see. To be able to expand my ASU experience was something I really wanted to do."

The students will be afforded opportunities to develop their leadership skills by building professional relationships, attending conferences, sharpening their communication skills and networking with space industry professionals. Ambassadors meet periodically to develop goals, discuss opportunities and network with each other. 

“As a business student, it was really difficult getting into the space industry and finding opportunities for myself. There was nothing for someone who was not an engineering or robotics major. I wanted something that could reach not only business, but policy, arts and other majors,” said Kylie Wetnight, a third-year Space@ASU ambassador studying economics.

Space@ASU is a joint effort between the Interplanetary Initiative, NewSpace, the School of Earth and Space Exploration and 17 other groups.

“The future of the space industry is bright. This interdisciplinary Space@ASU student ambassador program gives students an opportunity to design what that future of work might look like," said Alicia Hayden, liaison between the space committee and students. "Students will not only network and build connections with industry professionals; they will also form relationships with each other that could have a lasting impact.” 

For more information on the program, email Hayden at

Sally Young

Senior Communications Specialist, Interplanetary Initiative

ASU alum lands job as data analyst after 1-week search

September 9, 2022

Arizona State University political science alum Emiliano Galvan is content that his original post-grad plan looks different than he thought it once would. 

As a first-year student coming into the School of Politics and Global Studies, Galvan was set on attending law school after graduating. However, after spending years studying political science, earning both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts, Galvan was encouraged to apply for PhD programs to further his education and passion.  Portrait of ASU alum Emiliano Galvan. Emiliano Galvan Download Full Image

After considering the financial weight of higher education, Galvan decided to reconsider graduate school down the line. 

“Emi was a part of our Early Start Program as an incoming first-year political science student, and he was successful during his time in college and now, post-graduation, because he was open-minded about different opportunities and paths when it came to his professional career,” said Gina Woodall, principal lecturer at ASU.

“He also realized building and maintaining relationships with faculty, peers and alum are crucial.” 

Thanks to the foundation Galvan received from ASU, it only took one week for him to land a job. 

At OH Predictive InsightsGalvan works as a political data analyst, writing scripts for Arizona and Nevada Political Climate Updates, modeling methodology and analyzing data for clients. 

“What makes OH Predictive Insights special is the fact that we take our time to tell our clients what the numbers mean and provide insights that help them improve and answer their questions,” Galvan said. 

Galvan enjoys working with a hands-on company that allows him to further his passion and skill set. 

There were many opportunities Galvan took advantage of during his time at ASU allowing him to build confidence and connections including the Arizona Legislative and Government Internship and working with Kim Fridkin, a Foundation Professor with the School of Politics and Global Studies, in the Experimental Lab

“Overall, I am just very grateful for all my mentors and teachers that watched out for me and helped me succeed. If it was not for the faculty at (the School of Politics and Global Studies), I would not be where I am today,” Galvan said. 

Galvan encourages current ASU students to truly connect with faculty, do as much as you can in four years and always remember to take care of yourself. 

“Ultimately, life happens and things change, but the best advice while you’re in college is to just become the best learner you can. It will allow you to adapt and build a resume while doing so,” Galvan said. 

Galvan says he uses his degree every single day, not just at work, but in life. 

“My degree has taught me how to think critically and enabled me to continue being a lifelong learner,” Galvan said. 

While his time at ASU has ended, Galvan is a proud alum of a community that will continue to last far beyond his college years. 

“There are fellow Sun Devils all over the world, and you never know when that could connect you with someone and the opportunities that could lead to,” Galvan said.

Student Journalist, School of Politics and Global Studies