CCBC Professor named 2019 Solar System Ambassador

Mar 01, 2019 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

Baltimore County, Md. – Community College of Baltimore County Associate Professor of Science David Ludwikoski was recently named a 2019 Solar System Ambassador after completing required online training by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Pasadena, CA. Ludwikoski, who also serves as director of CCBC’s Benjamin Banneker Planetarium, applied for the position last fall after hearing about the opportunity following a summer workshop at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

“It is something I feel called to do, which is sharing my excitement and passion for astronomy, and it feels like an extension of what I already do in terms of public outreach at CCBC,” expressed Ludwikoski.

As an Ambassador, Ludwikoski – who lives in Catonsville, Md. — will present at least four programs per year under the Solar System Ambassador label to include some presentations he makes at CCBC as well as other within the Greater Baltimore region. Additionally, he will also present information and educational materials related to space and the Solar System.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers information and excitement about real missions that explore our solar system. Volunteer ambassadors in communities throughout the country are selected by JPL based on their backgrounds and on their plans for public outreach activities. JPL provides ambassadors with educational materials and training. However, the opinions of Ambassadors are not necessarily those of NASA or JPL and as volunteers they do not speak on behalf of either organization.

Further information about the Solar System Ambassadors Program is available at JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

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