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Boldly Venturing to Space, the Maine Way

April 15, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

| Free

The UMaine Student Symposium planning committee is thrilled to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker, Sascha Deri. Mr. Deri will deliver his talk, “Boldly Venturing to Space, the Maine Way,” at 1:30 pm in the New Balance Field House and Memorial Gym, during the in-person portion of the 2022 UMaine Student Symposium. 

Mr. Deri grew up in Maine, earning a degree in Physics from Earlham College and a second degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern Maine. In 1999 Mr. Deri co-founded the altE Store, a national renewable energy product distribution and light manufacturing company, where as CEO he is responsible for setting the company’s market and product development strategy for the $35M/year organization. 

In 2014 Mr. Deri founded bluShift Aerospace. The company made history on January 31, 2021 with the first commercial rocket launch powered by bio-derived fuel in the world, using a proprietary modular hybrid rocket engine that is also unique to the aerospace industry. Their series of small rockets will be able to lift 3100-kilogram payloads suborbitally to space and then to low Earth orbit for academic research and commercial customers.

Everyone wishing to attend the live in-person event must register here

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April 15, 2022
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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New Balance Field House and Gym
18 Gym Dr
Orono, ME 04473 United States
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