The Wisconsin Space Conference is sponsored by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, a joint effort between NASA and organizations statewide. WSGC is dedicated to helping provide Wisconsin students, researchers, educators, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and other stakeholders with the tools, connections and resources needed to make the aerospace community in the state of Wisconsin thrive and grow.

MSOE is proud to host the 31st Annual Wisconsin Space Conference on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.


Milwaukee School of Engineering
Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall
1025 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202


Free conference parking is available August 12-13 (including overnight) in MSOE State Street Lots A and B.  State Street Lot A is located on the SW corner of E. State Street and N. Jackson Street. (No sticker or temporary pass is required.)

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View all of the activities planned for the 31st Annual Wisconsin Space Conference. Please check the schedule link throughout the summer for updates.


Costs to register are below. Attendees may select the in-person or virtual conference registration. The registration fee is the same for both options. To register, please click the REGISTER TODAY button on the right-hand sidebar (mobile users can scroll down to the link).

You will be able to complete multiple attendee registrations using one payment. Fill out the first attendee registration and select "Add to Cart" at the bottom of the page, then return to next attendee’s registration.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all in-person attendees.

If you need to modify your conference registration, please contact us at

MSOE COVID-19 Policy

Cost By July 10 After July 10
Student $35 $45
K-12 Teacher $45 $55
General $55 $65


There are three items available for purchase, which include a quarter-zip shirt ($40), long-sleeve tee shirt ($20) and a hat ($15). Merchandise purchases need to be made at the time of registration. Images are shown below.


1230 Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 226-0122
Conference Rate (valid through July 10, 2021, regular nightly rate applies after): $139 + tax (king or 2 queen beds). Book a hotel room.
Student Rate (valid through July 10, 2021, regular nightly rate applies after): $89 + tax (double/2 queen beds) Book a hotel room at student rate.
Student ID required
Hotel Block Code: Wisconsin Space Conference
Hotel valet parking fee: $30

Homewood Suites by Hilton
500 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 563-1090
Conference Rate (valid through July 10, 2021, regular nightly rate applies after): $129 + tax (king suite) Book a hotel room.
Street and lot parking available.

Plenary Speaker - Exploring Mars Through Robotic Eyes

Ashley W. Stroupe, Ph.D.

JPL | Systems Engineer, 397B - Planning & Sequencing Systems
MSL Rover Planner Team Lead, Tactical Uplink Lead Deputy Team Lead, Supra-Tactical Lead Team Member

Dr. Ashley W. Stroupe is a systems engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. She specializes in Mars Rover operations. She has performed many different roles over the last 16 years for the Curiosity, Opportunity and Spirit rovers.

Presently, Stroupe’s primary role is the team lead for the Curiosity Rover Planners, the team that drives and controls the robotic arm. She also works as a tactical uplink lead, managing the daily planning process for the rover, and as a supra-tactical lead, sketching out and modeling the activities for near-term plans. In addition to her flight work, Stroupe has conducted research focusing on cooperative multi-robot teams in complex environments with applications to exploration and mapping, cooperative manipulation and sampling.

Stroupe received a B.S. in Physics/Astronomy from Harvey Mudd College in 1990, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University in 1998, an M.S. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. She joined JPL in 2003.

Consortium Office/Lead Institution

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 551-6054