The 2014 International Astronautics Federation Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal awarded to Bryan DeBates
The Malina Medal is presented annually to an educator who has demonstrated excellence in taking
the fullest advantage of the resources available to them to promote the study of astronautics and
related space sciences. This 2014 winner is Mr Bryan DeBates.
As Director of Education for the Space Foundation based in Colorado Springs, Bryan DeBates
administers the development and implementation of the Space Foundation’s global education
programs that support space-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S-STEM)
education. He also coordinates training and resources for nearly 300 Space Foundation Teacher
Liaisons worldwide, a program that links educators for networking, support and exchange of ideas
for integrating S-STEM into the classroom. In addition to instructing educators, Mr DeBates works
directly with children, including the nearly 1,000 school children who visit the Space Foundation
Discovery Center in Colorado Springs each month during the school year.
Bryan DeBates received his master’s degree in education from Regis University, Denver, in 2006,
the same year he joined the Space Foundation. He is a previous recipient of Time Warner Cable’s
National Crystal Apple Award, the Air Force Association’s Alamo Chapter Teacher of the Year and
the Christa McAuliffe Memorial Award. The Award will be presented at the Closing Ceremony of
the 65th IAC in Toronto, Canada on Friday 3 October.
Frank Malina led the student team of
FRANK MALINA, ED FORMAN, WILLIAM BOLLAY, JACK PARSONS, TSIEN HSUE SHEN
led to the launch of the first human made object to reach outer space. The work went on to found NASA JPL and
Aerojet General Corporation . The mentor of the student group was aeronautics pioneer Theodore Von Karman.
The Frank Malina medal is awarded in the field of space education in recognition of the pioneering work
of the group of students led by Frank Malina in the 1930s.