Building the Space Workforce of the Future: STEM Engagement for a 21st Century Education

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, will convene a hearing titled, “Building the Space Workforce of the Future: STEM Engagement for a 21st Century Education,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Witnesses will discuss how engaging students in projects with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) helps provide hands-on training, develops the future workforce, and fosters innovation.


  • Ms. Shella Condino, Physics Teacher, Oakton High School
  • Dr. Josh Gladden, Vice Chancellor of Research, University of Mississippi 
  • Mr. Jeffrey Manber, Chief Executive Officer, Nanoracks
  • Dr. Linda Tarbox Elkins-Tanton, Managing Director, Interplanetary Initiative and Principal Investigator of NASA Psyche Mission, Arizona State University 
*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
2:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Aviation and Space

This hearing will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building 562. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

*Note: Witness added 10/30/19
*Note: Witnesses added 11/1/19

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  • Ms. Shella Condino

    Physics Teacher
    Oakton High School
    Download Testimony (171.03 KB)
  • Dr. Josh Gladden

    Vice Chancellor of Research
    University of Mississippi
  • Mr. Jeffrey Manber

    Chief Executive Officer
    Download Testimony (136.82 KB)
  • Dr. Linda Tarbox Elkins-Tanton

    Managing Director, Interplanetary Initiative and Principal Investigator of NASA Psyche Mission
    Arizona State University