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LiftOff 2019, Luleå University of Technology Photo: Stevan Pesterac
The students who organize LiftOff, from left: Pranav Golatkar, VikramJeet Das, Ioana Roşca, Anand Kumar Singh, Morgan Drysdale, Andreas Wolnievik, Ajith Kumar, Alejandro Sans and Vidhyuth Iyengar. Part of the group but not in the picture: Roger Pereira. Photo: Stevan Pesterac View original picture , opens in new tab/window

LiftOff for space students

Published: 3 October 2019

The job fair LiftOff is once again arranged at Space Campus in Kiruna. The fair is organized by students, for students. – We want to help students and companies bridge the gap between academia and industry, says Roger M. Pereira, one of the students arranging LiftOff.

The job fair will take place on Space Campus in Kiruna and space students from both Luleå and Kiruna will attend. Space related companies such as the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), the Swedish Institute for Space Physics (IRF), the European Space Agency (ESA) and OHB Sweden will be there. There will be technical talks and one-on-one interactions between students and company representatives.

– We want to introduce a platform for both students and to companies that will enable effective networking, communication and socializing. There are opportunities available to students in various industries, we want to help the students to be industry-ready by the time they graduate, says Roger M. Pereira.

Except from having students and companies meet, the job fair aims at inspiring students.

– We hope that they will gain a sense of direction on their respective career paths and be enlightened as to the opportunities available in the space industry.

Important lesson

Many students have been involved in the preparation of LiftOff and have spent many hours working on the job fair. They have put in a lot of work, but according to Roger M. Pereira, it has been worth it.

– Working with LiftOff has been an excellent opportunity to practice our teamwork, communication and organizational skills. It has been extremely satisfying, because the primary focus of the project is to improve the prospects for as many students as possible.

As previous years, all students at the Master programme in Space Engineering at Luleå campus will go to Kiruna for LiftOff. Already in Kiruna are of course more students from that programme, and students studying the Master Programme in Space Science and Technology (SpaceMaster) and the Master Programme in Spacecraft Design.