Stephanie Wan is a Systems Analyst at Overlook Systems Technologies Inc., providing support to NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Office in Washington, DC. Her leadership experiences through the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) over the past 9 years and passion to connect her global network with creative opportunities led to secondments with the U.S. Department of State (Space and Advanced Technology Office) and the Department of Commerce (National Coordination Office on GPS). She graduated from American University with a Bachelors degree in International Studies, and a Masters degree in International Science and Technology Policy, with a focus in Space Policy from The George Washington University – Space Policy Institute. Her international background and travel interests have led her to live/study abroad in Belgium, China, Japan, and South Korea, as well as learn to speak more than five different languages. Over the course of her career and studies, Stephanie has focused on outreach & strategic communications/engagement, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), small satellites, international & inter-agency cooperation, space communications, and emerging space nations.
2008 was her first experience attending the Space Generation Congress (SGC) and IAC in Glasgow, where she first experienced the IAF Young Professionals Programme (YPP) Committee. She is currently involved with the IAF SCaN, Space Education and Outreach, as well as the YPP Committees. Inspired by the IAF YPP’s commitment to the next generation, she has been utilizing her IAC experiences to initiate succession planning strategies, student and young professional programs, and fundraise scholarship opportunities within various space organizations.
Besides her current work with the U.S. government, Stephanie has worked with a variety of organizations including: SpaceWorks Commercial, National Council for International Visitors, the Federal Communications Commission, and SRI International. She is currently on the Board of Advisors for Blue Marble Space, and served as SGAC Chair from 2015-2017.