Young Visionary Competition

The Future of Electric Propulsion: A Young Visionary Paper Competition

The Electric Propulsion Rocket Society (ERPS) and the 2017 International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC) Organizing Committee are pleased to announce a Young Visionary Paper Competition. Young visionaries promote novel ideas using a unique combination of technical knowledge, foresight, and articulation. By celebrating these qualities, the competition seeks to identify and embolden a new generation of leaders in the EP community.

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to submit an original work addressing the chosen theme
of the “Future of Electric Propulsion”. The subject may include (but is not limited to) the following list of topics: future missions using electric propulsion, the impact of electric propulsion on space travel, emerging or groundbreaking concepts in electric propulsion, etc.

The work shall be in the format of a technical paper, should be technically rigorous, and must be independent of any regular paper or poster to be presented in the IEPC 2017 technical sessions. It should clearly describe the author’s vision of the Future of Electric Propulsion as it relates to their chosen topic.

The author is also asked to produce a short (~5 min) video on the chosen topic as part of the final submission. The paper and video will both be used by the awarding committee to evaluate the entry.

The winning selection will be based on the rigor of the technical content, clarity and style of presentation, as well as the vision of the work. The winner of the competition will receive a $1000 award and also may be invited to present the work at a morning plenary session during the IEPC 2017.



  • March 24th, 2017: A short (1 paragraph) letter of intent to participate that includes the project title, author, and a short description. 
  • August 1st, 2017: The final submissions MUST BE RECEIVED by 17:00 PST.  These submissions must include the paper and 5-minute video.


Competition Rules

  • Only graduate students pursuing research related to electric propulsion and currently enrolled at a university and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to participate.  Participants must be in an eligible position on the submission deadline date of Aug. 1, 2017. 
  • Individual or group participation will be accepted. 
  • The work for this competition has to be distinct and independent from any regular papers or posters presented at the IEPC 2017 technical sessions.
  • For more complete instructions, you may download a PDF here


Please direct questions to Rostislav Spektor.


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