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The Launching Your Career Symposium welcomes all STEM Undergraduates, Graduates and Post Docs at the University of Arizona to participate in panel discussions and workshops with accomplished female leaders in both industry and academia, as well as networking sessions. This year the Launching Your Career Symposium is scheduled for in person at the UA Student Union on Thursday, September 22 &  Friday, September 23.

University of Arizona’s only campus-wide networking and professional development symposium supporting women in STEM across all career stages. Hosted by the UA Women in Science and Engineering Program.

Registration is free and open to all!  REGISTER HERE

Thursday, September 22nd, FreeFall Aerospace is participating in the Professional Networking Mixer and Poster Session from 5:00-6:45 pm.


Keynote Speaker

​​We are very excited to welcome sustainability scientist and science dance choreographer Dr. Lekelia Jenkins as our Fall 2022 Keynote Speaker! Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is a marine sustainability scientist and Associate Professor at Arizona State University. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, fishing, and crabbing recreationally on the Chesapeake Bay and volunteering as a junior zookeeper. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University by pioneering a new field of study in the invention and adoption of marine conservation technology. Her research centers on the human dimensions of marine sustainability solutions, including fisheries conservation technologies and marine renewable energy. Her work has led to regulatory changes that allow more sustainable fishing practices, has advised international fisheries diplomacy and has informed renewable energy policy. Dr. Jenkins also studies the science dance as a means of science engagement, science communication, and social change. Among her many honors and awards, she received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences and is a member of to the National Academies of Sciences Ocean Studies Board.

About FreeFall Aerospace

FreeFall Aerospace is developing innovative antenna solutions for small spacecraft, fixed and mobile ground stations, and aerial platforms. These lightweight, low-power antennas are ideally suited to support the new LEO/MEO satellites for continuous global communications with efficient beam steering and consistent high gain at a fraction of the cost of existing solutions. FreeFall develops space and ground systems using spherical reflector technology from radio astronomy and planetary exploration research. This expertise provides a new perspective on the challenges of high-frequency satellite communication. FreeFall’s technology also has the potential to revolutionize communication for small UAVs and other aerial platforms for efficient Over-The-Horizon command, control, and communication. Various commercial and government organizations recognize FreeFall’s approach as potentially disruptive and of high value. Located in Tucson, Arizona, FreeFall maintains a close working relationship with the University of Arizona, which serves as a continuous source of innovative concepts and a “force multiplier” for technology and product development.

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