ISU Alumni Representative Election Results – Appointment of Soyeon Yi


The International Space University ISU is pleased to announce that Soyeon Yi (SSP09) has been elected as the new alumni representative, with 291 votes out of 450. Many thanks again to all those who voted and to all the 14 nominees, in particular to the second finalist Halit Mirahmetoglu (SSP07, MSM09), who ran a great campaign!

Soyeon is an astronaut and biotechnologist who became the first Korean to fly in space. Upon return from her mission aboard the ISS, Yi continued as a KARI researcher attending the International Space University before retiring from the agency to pursue an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and joining commercial astronaut corps the Association of Spaceflight Professionals.

Soyeon said:

“… Therefore I realized that I needed to study about space, which led me to the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP). During the SSP, I worked with space professionals from all over the world and learned various space things. I had a wonderful time at ISU. It was incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally and I have made many new friends.”

Read more about Soyeon and why she chose to study at ISU. 

You can also listen and watch Soyeon in a recent video compiled for the Space Studies Program SSP18.

ISU extends its renewed thanks to outgoing representative Julio Aprea (MSS05).

Best wishes to Soyeon as we welcome her as new ISU alumni representative, and look ahead to the coming years.