ISU Confers A Doctor of Space Achievement Degree to Michael Potter


The International Space University (ISU) announced that the Board of Trustees has conferred a Doctor of Space Achievement degree, honoris causa to space and technology visionary and thought leader Michael Potter.

Michael Potter was presented the Honorary Degree from the International Space University, according to the award’s citation for, “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

Michael Potter is a Founder of the Non-Governmental Organization, Geeks Without Frontiers. Chairman of the ISU Board of Trustees, Dr. Christian Sallaberger remarked:

"This is a very well-deserved international recognition and honor for Michael Potter.

He combines vision, impact and commercial skills in his effort to move humanity towards a truly multiplanetary species. For decades Potter has informed, inspired, and empowered, the next generation of leaders.”

According to Dr. Sallaberger,

“Michael Potter has championed critical space issues and projects on the international stage including his award winning documentary film, “Orphans of Apollo,” the priority to return to the moon, the tireless advocacy for the elimination of anti-competitive monopoly behavior, cyber security, human rights and the need for village connectivity to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is the current Chancellor of the International Space University. Arthur C. Clarke was the founding Chancellor of the university. Potter becomes the 6th Honorary Doctorate conferred in ISU’s 30 year history. Other Honorees include: Dr. Peter Diamandis, Todd Hawley, as well as Astronauts Dr. Gregory Olsen and Anousheh Ansari. Potter is a Non-Governmental Organization executive who has worked in the private sector, and collaborated with universities, national space agencies, the World Economic Forum, and other global organizations. Potter participated in ISU’s original inaugural Space Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1988. He has lectured at the National Academy of Sciences and at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Potter is also the founder of the Ilan Ramon Scholarship at the ISU, and the Dr. Kalpana Chawla Scholarship Project at the ISU. These scholarships have raised more than a million dollars in tuition value and have sent 60 post-graduate students from Israel and India to the ISU.

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The press release can be found here.