New alumni group forming to support Lunar Lion team

March 31, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State students, staff and members of the commercial space industry are seeking to establish a new Alumni Interest Group (AIG) within the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) to serve as a booster organization for the Lunar Lion team.

Comprised of more than 80 undergraduate and graduate students, the Lunar Lion team is looking to land the first university-built, privately-funded spacecraft on the moon next year.

Tom Lancaster, a 1999 chemical engineering alumnus and vice president of research and development of Akston Biosciences Corporation in Beverly, Mass., is spearheading the effort. He said, "We wanted to create an organization where alumni and friends of Penn State can connect with the Lunar Lion project while addressing key Lunar Lion team needs. Through grassroots fundraising, student mentoring, and creating additional public awareness of the project, I believe the Lunar Lion Society will make meaningful contributions to Lunar Lion. The AIG also will support the University's long-term efforts to become a center of excellence for space education, research and commercialization."

In order to get approval as an official AIG, the group needs 50 signatures from alumni who are current PSAA members. Alumni interested in supporting the new AIG can complete a short survey at: There is no commitment to join.

AIGs give alumni an opportunity to stay connected with people they knew during their student years and network with others who were members of the same clubs and organizations.

For more information about the Lunar Lion team and its mission, visit

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Last Updated April 01, 2014