Operations Team

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Operations is the place in SSI to learn professional skills and connect to the wider aerospace community. The skills you’ll learn are so diverse -- from graphic design to how to get a sponsorship -- that they’re near impossible to summarize. Space is so much more than just the technology, and Operations where it all happens. If you want to know how to manage a group of 200 members with a six figure budget, make space art to decorate our workspace, or get connected to the top of the space industry, Operations is the place for you.

Space would hardly be possible without the people behind the hardware, getting sponsorships, building community, and talking to CEOs and Venture Capitalists across the industry. We’ve brought in speakers like Charlie Bolden, the then-administrator of NASA, and this year will be hosting Gwynne Shotwell, the President of SpaceX. We have a half dozen different efforts that form the backbone of SSI. The current team lead is Kai Marshland SlackLogo.png@{{{display-name}}}  -- feel free to reach out if you want to get involved!

Operations is split into a number of subgroups


Operations brings space to Stanford and sends its members out into the world. The entire Operations team started with Events and we’re only getting better. In the fall, we’re bringing in two NASA astronauts, one of whom was the Chief Scientist for all of NASA, and Gwynne Shotwell, the President of SpaceX; later in the year, we’ll be working with Ubiquity and Bessemer Ventures to run a panel with more CEOs followed by a networking event. Throughout the year, we host talks & tours at Stanford while sending our members beyond.


Marketing is where you can learn graphic design in order to make gorgeous materials like this very pamphlet, or reach out to magazines like Wired, Techcrunch, and the Stanford Daily in order to showcase our projects to the world. Oh, and if you want to manage our social media (aka make dank memes) this is the place to be. You have them to thank for all of our gorgeous materials, posters, and swag.


Our Website group manages both the beautiful main website and the internal site, which in addition to looking gorgeous brims with tools like the reimbursement system and resume book. Through a full, feature-rich system (if you want to make enterprise software, this is a great way to get started) the Website makes managing SSI a dream.


If you’ve ever resented the fact that the space industry has historically been dominated by balding white men, the Diversity group works to make our own group as inclusive as possible as we train the next generation of industry leaders. We want space to be the most welcoming community possible, and that stretches far beyond SSI -- but Diversity the ones who run workshops, train each other, and work to make that happen.


Outreach efforts focus on bringing our stories to local schools and even the Maker Faire. Outreach launches SSI straight out of the Stanford bubble and into the real world.


Finance should really be called the wolves of wall-ssi, because they focus on managing the six-figure budget, handling reimbursements, and interfacing with Stanford administrators.


Workspace manages the 60-foot-tall underground bunker we call home. That means running a machine shop, planting herbs, and painting space-themed murals across our cavernous space.


Community is why SSI feels like a home. Community runs dinners, trivia night, and even our spring retreat. Plus, if you like memes, we might have a channel on slack for that which technically falls under operations. Community is what makes SSI, in the words of one of our members, “the family I always wish I had.”


Sponsorships leverages the alumni network and SSI’s own contacts in order to keep SSI funded. Extorting aerospace executives makes SSI's projects possible.


Here in the valley, you're an ancient, creaking Methuselah by the time you reach 22. Unless, of course, you're part of the SSI alumni network, which is run by the group of the same name. Alumni keeps this running, organizing events for aged 20-somethings to rest their aching bones.