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Thad Allen

Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Thad Allen

Booz Allen Executive Vice President Thad Allen is a leader in the firm’s Departments of Justice and Homeland Security business in the civil market. He leads the development of thought leadership and client engagement regarding the future direction of law enforcement and homeland security. He is known for his expertise in bringing together government and non-government entities to address major challenges in a “whole of government” approach designed to achieve a unity of effort. Mr. Allen completed his distinguished career in the US Coast Guard as its 23rd Commandant.

In 2010, President Barack Obama selected Mr. Allen to serve as the National Incident Commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Working closely with the US Environmental Protection Agency, DHS, the Departments of Defense, Interior, Commerce, and Health and Human Services, state and local entities, and BP, he sought to bring a unity of effort to response operations.

Prior to his assignment as Commandant, Mr. Allen served as Coast Guard Chief of Staff. During his tenure in that position, in 2005, he was designated Principal Federal Official for the US government’s response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Other Coast Guard assignments included Commander, Atlantic Area where in 2001 he led the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area forces following the September 11 attacks. He previously served as Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, where he oversaw all operations in the southeastern United States and in the Caribbean.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Mr. Allen served with the Rand Corporation.

He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Allen also currently serves as a director on the Coast Guard Foundation and Partnership for Public Service. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Mr. Allen to the New York State Respond Commission tasked with finding ways to ensure that New York State is ready to respond to future weather-related disasters.

He is a 1971 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University—from which he received the Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. He also holds an M.S. degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Allen has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from George Mason University, the National Defense University, and the National Graduate School.

Dr. Erik Antonsen

Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capabilities
NASA Johnson Space Center

Dr. Erik Antonsen

Dr. Antonsen is currently the Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capabilities at NASA Johnson Space Center since 2015. In this role he focuses on medical system conceptualization, design, and integration with future space vehicles.  He is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Space Medicine at the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Clinically he works as an Attending Emergency Physician at Ben Taub General Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center in Houston, TX. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focusing on spacecraft electric propulsion and working for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base. His post-doctoral engineering work was with the Center for Plasma Materials Interactions and focused on plasma light sources and extreme ultraviolet lithography. In 2007 he spent a year in Zambia doing HIV research as a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar for the National Institutes of Health. He graduated medical school in 2009 and finished an Emergency Medicine residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency in 2013 at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. In 2012 and 2014 he supported the Red Bull Stratos Mission and was the Field Medical Director for the StratEx mission, both world-record breaking high altitude sky-dives.  His interests focus on developing the connections between engineering and medicine to advance human spaceflight.

Jonathan W. Arenberg, Ph.D.

James Webb Space Telescope Chief Engineer
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jonathan W. Arenberg, Ph.D.

Jonathan Arenberg is with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. His work experience includes optical, space and laser systems, working on such astronomical programs as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, James Webb Space Telescope and development of the Starshade. In addition to his work on astronomical systems, he has worked on major high-energy and tactical laser systems, laser component engineering, metrology and optical inspection issues.  Dr. Arenberg holds a BS in physics and an MS and PhD in engineering, all from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is the author of over 160 conference presentations, papers and book chapters and holds 1 European and 11 U.S. Patents in a wide variety of areas of science and technology. He is a co-author of a forthcoming book on systems engineering for astronomy, from SPIE press.  Dr. Arenberg is currently the Chief Engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope and Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman and an SPIE Fellow.

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis
Air Force Space Command

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Major General Nina M. Armagno is the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She is responsible for developing strategy, doctrine and policy for the command’s space and cyberspace operations; defining the future of space and cyberspace systems through requirements definition, mission area architectures, analysis, science and technology development in support of the joint warfighter, Department of Defense, civil, and national users. The General also manages the command’s international relations and foreign disclosure programs.  Mission areas include missile warning/defense, military satellite communications, cyber warfare network operations, precision navigation and timing, space control, space protection, and launch and range.

General Armagno earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, in June 1988. Her experience in space systems operations includes combat-mission-ready operator, instructor, evaluator and flight commander in strategic missile warning, space surveillance, space control, space launch and theater missile warning mission areas.

Prior to her current assignment, General Armagno served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, where she was responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  She also served as Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, California; Commander and Deputy Commander, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Senior Military Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Squadron and Installation Commander, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Director of Operations, 1st Space Warning Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  In addition, she has held staff assignments at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters 14th Air Force and the 381st Training Group and served as an Air Force Legislative Fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

Michael A. Baker

CEO
RD Amross, LLC

Michael A. Baker

Michael Baker has held the position of President and CEO of RD AMROSS, LLC since January 2017.  RD AMROSS, LLC is a U.S. joint venture between United Technologies Corp - Pratt & Whitney of West Palm Beach, Florida and NPO Energomash of Khimki, Russia and is based in Cocoa Beach, Florida. It markets the RD-180 liquid propulsion rocket engine for NPO Energomash. The RD-180 provides the main thrust on the Atlas V Launch Vehicle made by United Launch Alliance. NPO Energomash manufactures the RD-180 engine and provides design, manufacturing, testing, and other services for liquid propulsion rocket engines. Pratt & Whitney provides manufacturing, mission engineering, and management support and is licensed to produce the RD-180 in the U. S.

After graduation from the University of Texas in 1975 with a BS in aerospace engineering he joined the US Navy and served as a Naval Officer, Naval Aviator and test pilot logging 5,400 hours in over 50 different aircraft and has over 300 carrier landings.  He was selected as an NASA astronaut in 1985 and flew 4 Space Shuttle missions.  In January 1997 he flew his last mission as the commander of the fifth docking mission with the Russian Space Station Mir.  In 1998 he was assigned as the first Director of Human Spaceflight Programs – Russia for NASA where he was responsible for all of NASA’s activities in Russia associated with the Shuttle/Mir Program and Phase I of the ISS Program, the assembly phase of the ISS.  After his return to Houston in 2001 he was assigned as the ISS Program Manager for International and Crew Operations.  After the Columbia accident in 2003, when NASA and the international partners needed to start flying the Soyuz to get astronauts to and from the ISS, he was assigned as the ISS Program Manager for Soyuz Launch and Landing Integration.  He left NASA in January 2017 to join RD AMROSS.

Daniel Baker, Ph.D.

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics Director
University of Colorado Boulder

Daniel Baker, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel N. Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is Distinguished Professor of Planetary and Space Physics there. He holds the Moog-Broad Reach Chair of Space Sciences at CU. Baker obtained his Ph.D. degree with James A. Van Allen and subsequently held positions at Caltech, Los Alamos National Lab, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has published about 700 papers in the refereed literature and edited eight books on topics in space physics. Baker is an Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2004) and awards include University of Colorado’s Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding research, service, and teaching (2007); University of Colorado’s Boulder Faculty Assembly Distinguished Research Lecturer Award (2010); American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics James A. Van Allen Space Environments Medal (2010); American Astronomical Society Kavli Prize Lectureship (2015); and Vikram A. Sarabhai Professorship of the Indian Physical Research Laboratory (2015). He was the recipient of the 2015 Shen Kuo Medal of the International Association for Geomagnetism and Aeronomy. Baker is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics. He has served as chair of the National Research Council Committee on Solar and Space Physics, member of the National Research Council’s 2003 Decadal Survey Panel for solar and space physics, and member of the 2006 Decadal Review of the U.S. National Space Weather Program. He served as chair of the National Academies 2013-2022 Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics.

David Ball

Executive Consult
Space Industry Association of Australia

David Ball

David Ball is presently an Executive Consultant and is supporting several communications projects. Until July 2015, Ball was the Chief Technology Officer for NewSat Limited and was responsible for all technical matters relating to the Jabiru Satellite Program. Prior to joining Newsat in early 2011, hewas the Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific for Intelsat and also held that position for PanAmSat prior to the merger between PanAmSat and Intelsat in 2006. He also filled a variety of sales, customer engineering and product management roles for PanAmSat. Ball served as a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Air Force specializing in fixed, tactical and mobile communications systems management before joining PanAmSat in 1995. Ball holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Communications Engineering) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Deakin University.  

Professor Roberto Battiston

President
Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Professor Roberto Battiston

Roberto Battiston is President of the Italian Space Agency.  He is the Chair of General Physics in the Physics Department at the University of Trento, Trento and Rovereto, Trentino, Italy.  Battiston is a member of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the governmental committee advising the Minister of Research and University.  He has worked for over 30 years in international collaborations in experimental physics and fundamental interactions.  Battiston is a devoted researcher in the fields of frontier detectors and technologies and the characterization of materials and devices to be used in space conditions.  He is the author of more than 420 papers published on international scientific journals, and has organized several workshops devoted to space science and advanced technologies.  Battiston holds a Bachelor's Degree at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy; a Doctorate (Troiseime Cycle) at University Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX), Orsay; and an Honorary Bachelor's Degree from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Brett Biddington AM

Principal, Biddington Research Pty Ltd
Chief Executive, IAC Adelaide

Brett Biddington AM

Biddington is the founder of a Canberra-based consulting company that specializes in space and cyber security matters from policy, advocacy and national capacity development perspectives, including education. He also addresses broader questions of institutional behavior, especially governance, leadership and strategy against backgrounds of uncertainty and technological change. He is a Director of Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) and is also a Director and the Treasurer of the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS, formerly the Kokoda Foundation). The IFRS is a Canberra-based "think tank" that addresses the long term national security challenges faced by the region, of which Australia is part. In October 2014, he led a successful bid on behalf of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) to bring the International Astronautical Congress to Adelaide in September 2017. He is a past chair of the SIAA, and sits on several boards and committees concerned with the governance of Australia's space and astronomy activities and with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach.

Elzbieta Bienkowska

Commissioner
European Commission

Elzbieta Bienkowska

Elzbieta Bienkowska is the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission and has held this role since 2014. As Commissioner, her responsibilities include reviewing the strategy for completing the single market of goods and services, including extending the list of products to be recognized in all EU countries and eliminating remaining obstacles. Bienkowska is also responsible for maintaining and reinforcing a strong and high-performing industrial base for our internal market by stimulating investment in new technologies, improving the business environments and easing access to markets and to finance. Before her role as Commissioner, Bienkowska was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Infrastructure and Development from 2013 to2014, the Minister of Regional Development from 2007 to 2013, and was the Director, Regional Development Office – Marshal’s Office of Silesia Region from 1999 to 2007. She holds a master’s degree in oriental philology from Jagiellonian University and a post-graduate diploma from the Polish National School of Public Administration. 

Kira Blackwell

Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA: Headquarters

Kira Blackwell

Kira Blackwell brings with her a wealth of experience in business management that began almost three decades ago with the management of a $3 million store at the age of 18. It is her entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity that has enabled Blackwell to build a diverse set of skills and strategically assist businesses for success across aerospace, biotechnology, and technology management. She has strong business acumen as a results-driven decisive leader and is experienced in establishing and managing diverse strategic partnerships with not-for-profit organizations, small start-up companies and fortune 500 corporations. In her role within the Office of the Chief Technologist, Blackwell is the Innovation Liaison supporting the NASA Deputy Administrators’ Innovation Framework, the agency's innovation strategy. Prior to joining our team, Blackwell managed her own consulting business working with several start-up companies, providing business solutions, leadership and business connections as businesses began to navigate through the business start-up process. She also contracted with Jacobs at the NASA White Sands Test Facility, developing quantitative Federal and State level support across New Mexico, identifying new business opportunities and initiating the discussions for a collaborative partnership with New Mexico State University. Blackwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.

Dr. Chris Boshuizen

Entrepreneur in Residence
Data Collective VC

Dr. Chris Boshuizen

Dr. Chris Boshuizen is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Data Collective VC, a boutique investment firm specializing in hard, data-driven science and engineering companies.

Chris co-founded Planet Labs, a company providing unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space. As the company’s CTO for 5 years he took the company from the drawing board to having launched more satellites into space than any other company in history, completely transforming the space industry along the way. 

Chris was previously a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Center.  After working on a number of traditional spacecraft programs at NASA, Chris co-created Phonesat, a spacecraft built solely out of a regular smart phone. Whilst also at NASA, he established Singularity University, a school for studying the consequences of accelerating technological development, serving initially as Interim Director, and later as co-chair for the Department of Space and Sciences.

Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and BSc. with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.  He was awarded the Advance Global Australian of the Year award in 2014, and has since joined Advance as member of the board. Chris currently resides in San Francisco. 

Professor Russell Boyce

Chair for Space Engineering
University of New South Wales - Canberra

Professor Russell Boyce

Professor Russell Boyce holds the position of Chair for Space Engineering at UNSW Canberra, where he leads the UNSW Canberra Space Research effort. He brings to this role a research approach developed throughout 25 years in the field of hypersonics, coupling computational and experimental research with flight testing, most recently via the SCRAMSPACE scramjet flight experiment program which he led as Chair for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland. Boyce also chairs the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Space and Radio Science, sits on the Executive Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman
Oklahoma's First District

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman Jim Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Environment Subcommittee. 

Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.  It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrierarrested landings.  While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN. 

After leaving active duty, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Bridenstine’s background includes a triple major at Rice University, a MBA from Cornell University, 9 years active duty in the United States Navy, and business experience in real estate, ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting.

Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2010 flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs and most recently transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where he will fly with an MC-12 squadron stationed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

President and Chief Executive Officer
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno is the president and chief executive officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this role, Bruno serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations.

Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. The business is a leading provider of ballistic missile and ballistic missile defense systems, supporting U.S. Department of Defense customers, as well as the U.K. Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence. Programs included the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), the Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures and Common Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Definition. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. He is a former member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin U.K. Ltd.

Bruno joined Lockheed Martin in 1984. He previously served as vice president and general manager of FBM and ICBM, as vice president of the THAAD Missile, as vice president of Engineering, as chief engineer for Strategic Missile Programs, as program manager for FBM Rocket Propulsion and in engineering positions involving design and analysis for control systems of rockets and hypersonic reentry vehicles. He holds several patents.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, California, and has completed graduate courses and management programs at Harvard University, Santa Clara University, the Wye River Institute, San Jose State University and the Defense Acquisition University.

Bruno is a companion of the Naval Order of the United States, a member of the Navy League and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He served on the National Blue Ribbon Panel for Bettering Engineering & Science Education and as Chairman of the Diversity Council of Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

He is the author of two books that explore the organization of the medieval Knights Templar from the perspective of modern business management: “Templar Organization: The Management of Warrior Monasticism” and “Templar Incorporated.” He is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.

Marilyn J. Bruno, Ph.D., J.D.

Chief Executive Officer
Aequor, Inc.

Marilyn J. Bruno, Ph.D., J.D.

Marilyn Bruno is CEO of Aequor, Inc., a biotech company founded by Microbiologist Cynthia Burzell, Ph.D., who discovered chemicals in the ocean that remove and prevent bacterial biofilm -- a key cause of bacterial contamination and infection.  Working with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Aequor is beta testing its proprietary chemicals in a simulation of the ISS waste water recycling system, where biofilm threatens astronaut health.  Biofilm from over 35 different biofilm-forming bacteria has been identified on surfaces inside the ISS, in ISS plant cultivation chambers, and on satellite optical sensors -- where it grows so thickly that it is skewing the readings.  Aequor won the 2016 NASA iNet challenge in the Life Support category.  Dr. Bruno holds a Ph.D. from NYU and J.D. from New York Law School, was in international business for over 20 years before serving 14 years as a Foreign Service Officer for Economic Affairs at the State Department.   

Lt. Col. Shelli Brunswick, USAF (Ret.)

Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation

Lt. Col. Shelli Brunswick, USAF (Ret.)

Brunswick is the Chief Operating Officer for the Space Foundation, where she serves as a corporate officer, and is responsible for Space Foundation operations, facilities, processes and personnel. Functions reporting to her include education, philanthropy, marketing and communication, operations, human resources and administration, customer service, information technology, facilities, maintenance, security and assurance. She has primary responsibility for: Space Foundation headquarters; the Space Foundation Discovery Center; Washington, D.C., Operations; operational management of the annual Space Symposium, Space Technology & Investment Forum and the Faga Forum on Space Intelligence. Brunswick joined the Space Foundation in 2015 after a distinguished career as an acquisition and program management professional for the United States Air Force, and finished her career as a key leader within the Air Force Congressional Liaison office working both within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. She was Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management Level III, Financial Manager Level II, and a certified Space Professional Level III by the United States Air Force Space Professional Functional Authority. Brunswick is the 2016 Chair of Women in Aerospace (WIA). She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Colorado with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Project Management Professional through Project Management Institute, and was a Professor of Acquisition Management at Defense Acquisition University.

Alice Bunn, Ph.D.

Director of Policy
UK Space Agency

Alice Bunn, Ph.D.

Alice Bunn was appointed Policy Director at the UK Space Agency in May 2014.  Alice is responsible for security, regulatory, statutory, wider communications and international engagement to stimulate and drive growth of the space sector, and enable strategy delivery.   

Her previous roles have included Head of Earth Observation at the UK Space Agency; UK Location Programme Manager at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Future Missions at the Natural Environment Research Council; and researcher and exhibition developer at the Science Museum.

Alice also has a PhD in Metallurgy from Darwin College, University of Cambridge.

Robert D. Cabana

Director
NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center

Robert D. Cabana

Robert D. Cabana is a former NASA astronaut, currently serving as director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In his current role, Cabana manages all NASA facilities and activities at the spaceport, including the team of civil service and contractor employees who operate and support numerous space programs and projects. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cabana graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and completed Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola in 1972. Cabana was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1985 and completed his initial astronaut training in July 1986. He was assigned to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Astronaut Office, serving in a number of leadership positions, including lead astronaut in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory; Mission Control Spacecraft Communicator, famously known as CAPCOM; and chief of NASA's Astronaut Office. In October 2007, Cabana was appointed director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. A year later he was reassigned as the tenth director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Lisa B. Callahan

Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Lisa B. Callahan

Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In this role, she is responsible for all elements of Civil Space within Space Systems. She has executive responsibility for national space programs relating to human space flight and space science missions, including planetary, solar, astrophysical and Earth remote sensing for civil government agencies. These programs include Orion spacecraft, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, GOES-R weather satellites, Lucy, InSight, OSIRIS-REx, Juno, MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey planetary missions, and nuclear space power programs. Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.

In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Ms. Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the Corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management.

Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation; Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program; and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business.

Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she’s a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.
Ms. Callahan is a member of the Sandia National Laboratory Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit & Ethics Committee, and a member of the Governance Committee.

Leanne Caret

President and Chief Executive Officer of Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company

Leanne Caret

Leanne Caret is executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Defense, Space & Security (BDS). She is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council.

Named BDS president and CEO in February 2016, Caret leads the $30 billion business that provides integrated solutions to meet the needs of defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers in the United States and around the world. Countries with a major BDS presence include Australia, the United Kingdom, India and Saudi Arabia.

Previously, Caret was president of Boeing's Global Services & Support, an industry leader in providing sustainment solutions for Boeing and select non-Boeing platforms. Before that she was chief financial officer and vice president, Finance, for BDS. Earlier she was vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, responsible for business growth and program execution for a portfolio of cargo, tiltrotor and attack rotorcraft. Caret joined the company in 1988 and has held various program management positions in the defense business.

Caret holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wichita State University. She also earned certifications from Harvard University in the Program for Leadership Development and the International Security Defense Program, and completed the Integral Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame.

Caret is a member of the St. Louis University board of trustees. She also serves on the council of trustees for the Association of the United States Army and the board of directors for the Business-Higher Education Forum, a group of leaders dedicated to creating a highly skilled future workforce.

Dr. Jonathan Clark

Senior Research Scientist
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Director of Plans and Policy
U.S. Strategic Command

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is the Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988 after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. Crosier has a broad range of experience in ICBM and space operations, including a deployment to the Middle East as the USCENTCOM, Director of Space Forces. He has served in staff assignments in the U.S. Senate, Secretary of the Air Force's Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, and Air Force Global Strike Command. His operational commands include the 2nd Space Launch Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif; 50th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colo; and the 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo. Prior to his current assignment, Crosier served as the Deputy Director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.

Sarah Cruddas

Space Journalist and Science Broadcaster

Sarah Cruddas

Sarah Cruddas is a British Space Journalist, TV Presenter and Children’s Author. She has a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leicester and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster. She is the face of space on British television and can be seen covering space on Sky News, as well as other national UK channels, including Channel 5, Channel 4 News and ITV. She also appears on screen on shows on National Geographic and The Discovery Channel as well as various BBC shows such as Coast and Horizons Business.  Sarah specializes in space exploration, but has reported on all aspects of science and technology from across the world including from Rwanda, North Korea, Tibet and Eastern Europe. Her reports have featured on BBC Radio’s flagship ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, BBC World Service and across BBC News. She is also an established writer, covering all aspects of space exploration for Discovery, the BBC, New Scientists, The Sunday Times (London), CNN, The Royal Aeronautical Society and a host of other publications. Away from journalism, Sarah works as a communication consultant for start ups in science and technology and as a corporate host and presenter for clients ranging from The European Union, to the European Space Agency, Google, Red Bull and Samsung. Sarah is passionate about STEM education and helping to inspire the next generation of space explorers. Her second children’s book will be released worldwide this summer, with a third book series planned for release in 2019.

Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations
Space Foundation

Brendan W. Curry

As Vice President - Washington Operations, Curry leads the Space Foundation's government affairs efforts based in Washington, D.C., serving as principal interface with key customers, staff and officials in the Administration, Congress, space industry and federal agencies including NASA and the Departments of Defense, Commerce, State, Education and Transportation. Previously, Curry was the senior legislative assistant to Congressman Dave Weldon, M.D. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Scranton and Juris Doctor degree from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.

Riccardo Di Blasio

IT Executive and Investor

Riccardo Di Blasio

Riccardo Di Blasio is an executive in the hi-tech sector, with a passion for aerospace industry and space exploration.

Based out of Silicon Valley, Di Blasio spent 20+ years in the technology industry with key executive roles at companies like Sun Microsystems, EMC Corp. and VMware.

He’s also a professional investor in several bay area early stage startups like Nebia, SySdig Cloud, Next Future Transportation, Push Computing, Minerva Labs to name few, and cooperates as board advisor with several venture capitalist funds.

Since 2012, he’s involved in a number of initiatives within the space industry, to foster break-through technology startups into space programs and provide access to funding, and he’s currently a member of NASA iTech jury committee.

Di Blasio is an Italian native, and lives with his family in Los Gatos, CA. 

LTG James H. Dickinson, USA

Commanding General
USASMDC/ARSTRAT

LTG James H. Dickinson, USA

Lieutenant General James H. Dickinson assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense on Jan. 5, 2017. Commissioned in 1985 as a Second Lieutenant, he has held leadership positions, from platoon leader to Commanding General of an Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

He most recently served as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was previously assigned as the Director for Test at the Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, and as Deputy to The Inspector General in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.

LTG Dickinson was the Commanding General of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, Texas, from July 2012 to March

2014, and Commanding General of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, from August 201 to July 2012.

Additional command assignments include: Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, 32nd Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas, where the battalion deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; and Brigade Commander, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Eighth United States Army, Republic of Korea.

Previous staff assignments include: Operations Officer, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas, and Operation Southern Watch, Saudi Arabia; Operations Officer, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas; Senior Emergency Actions Officer and Senior Operations Officer, National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.; Chief of Operations, G-3, later Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief, Commander’s Initiatives Group, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea, Republic of Korea; and Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Legion of Merit (two oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Parachutist Badge, Basic Space Badge, and Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges. 

Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar is Executive Director of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry trade group supporting human exploration, development, and science in deep space.  Under her leadership the Coalition has grown from 5 companies to more than 60 over the past year engaging in outreach and education for NASA’s programs.

Earlier in her career Mary Lynne worked for The Boeing Company where she coordinated technology development of projects destined for the International Space Station, subsequently managing the Flight Operations Group supporting assembly, activation and checkout for 1/3 of the ISS assembly fights. Later, she acted as a special advisor to the NASA Astronaut Office before her appointment as Boeing’s first Chief Scientist for Commercial Utilization of the ISS.

Mary Lynne left Boeing in 2004 to start her own engineering and consulting firm, working with most major aerospace companies, the DoD, the FAA, and NASA.  More recently she served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station National Laboratory.  She left CASIS to accept the position of Executive Director for the Coalition in late 2015.

Dr. Dittmar is a Fellow of the National Research Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Astronautics and Aeronautics, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society.  From 2012-2014 she served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight and is a co-author of the “Pathways to Exploration” report produced by the NRC in 2014 and is beginning her second term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  She resides in Washington, D.C.

Lynn Dugle

Chief Executive Officer
Engility

Lynn Dugle

Lynn Dugle is Engility’s Chief Executive Officer and also serves on the company’s board of directors. Dugle has served as a director on our board and a member of the Audit Committee since Feb. 26, 2015. She was a director of TASC from October 2014 to February 2015. Dugle joined Raytheon in April 2004, and served as the vice president of Raytheon Company and president of Raytheon IIS until her retirement in March 2015. She became president of the former Intelligence and Information Systems business in January 2009, and was previously its vice president and deputy general manager. Dugle serves as a director and member of the Audit and Technology Committees of State Street Corporation, and as a member of the Defense Science Board.

Lars Dyrud, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
OmniEarth Inc.

Lars Dyrud, Ph.D.

Lars Dyrud received a bachelors of art in physics from Augsburg College conducting research ultra-low frequency geomagnetic pulsations. He was a as a Fulbright Scholar in space and plasma physics at the University of Oslo. He received a Ph.D. from Boston University conducting doctoral research on auroral waves, turbulence and meteor trails, using theory, super-computer -plasma simulations, and observations. As a professional, Lars Dyrud has served as PI on grants and contracts from NSF, DOE NASA, Air Force, AFOSR, and Industry and is involved in basic and applied research in meteors, ionospheric plasma physics, space applications of tomography, software radio GPS and radar. He is the founder of the APL Center for Public/Private Partnerships and worked on AMPERE,  the NSF project to measure the aurora with Iridium, cubesat programs, and utilization of commercial assets such as hosted payloads and commercial sub-orbital for science as the PI of the GEOScan effort, ERIS climate constellation mission concept, RAVAN climate cube-sat, and an NSF project for rain measurement from consumer satellite TV.

Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund is the current Chair of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive board as of August 17, 2015. She previously was a Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, and Lead Investigator at the NASA Astrobiology Institute. In 2005, Ehrenfreund was a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and she held a professorship in Astrobiology at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Leiden before that. Ehrenfreund holds degrees in Astronomy and Biology at the University of Vienna, where she also earned her doctorate, and she has a Masters of Arts in Management and Leadership. Ehrenfreund accepted the honorary position of President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in 2013, from which she stepped down upon her appointment at DLR.

Steve Eisenhart

Sr. Vice President - Strategic & International Affairs
Space Foundation

Steve Eisenhart

As head of international affairs, Steve Eisenhart is principally responsible for the Space Foundation's global strategy and relationships with international space agencies and organizations, foreign embassies and U.S. organizations involved with global space programs. He is directly responsible for the program development and integration of key Space Foundation activities including the annual Space Symposium. He also supervises the Space Foundation's government affairs activities in the Washington, D.C., office including relationships with government agencies, other space advocacy organizations and associations and corporate interests.  Since joining the Space Foundation in 1996, Eisenhart has had a broad range of responsibilities, serving as senior vice president of strategic communications, director of communications and public affairs and communications manager. Eisenhart was a military public affairs official and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Hoover Institution, Annenberg Distinguished Fellow
Chairman, Space Foundation Board of Directors

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California.  Ellis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations from May 2005 to May 2012. Prior to retiring from active duty in July 2004 as a Navy Admiral, he served as Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He has also served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and as Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in Southern Europe. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Navy nuclear power training, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). Admiral Ellis is Chairman of the Board of Level 3 Communications and also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Dominion Resources,  and the Space Foundation.  In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  He holds master's degrees in aerospace engineering and aeronautical systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of West Florida.

Alexander E. Ermolaev

Counselor for Science and Technology
Embassy of the Russian Federation

Alexander E. Ermolaev

Alexander E. Ermolaev is the Counselor for Science & Technology at the Embassy of the Russian Federation with responsibilities for all S&T cooperation topics, including space, for the organization. Joined the Foreign Service in 2000 and since that time was on different assignments within Department for North America and Department for Latin America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Before coming to Washington, DC served at the Russian Embassies in Colombia and Argentina as a science attaché. Ermolaev holds a Master of Science in Chemistry from the Moscow State University. 

Scott Fouse

Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Scott Fouse

Scott Fouse is Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. The ATC leads advanced research and development projects, enabling the success of Lockheed Martin’s space business area. 

Scott guides the ATC workforce across a rich technical portfolio, and he sustains and grows the organization's capabilities. The ATC employs approximately 500 employees and provides discriminating, technical solutions that impact the success of Space Systems’ $8 billion enterprise. The ATC’s technology portfolio includes space and astrophysics; phenomenology and sensors; optics and electro-optics; telecommunications and photonics; guidance and navigation; modeling and simulation; materials and structures; thermal sciences and nanotechnology.

Prior to his current role, Fouse served as laboratory director for Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL), leading a 200-person research team. Before assuming the role of director, he served as chief technology officer at ATL. As CTO, he managed ATL’s internal research activities and served as liaison to the rest of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Fouse also served as a member of the Air Force Advisory Board. In that position, he supported a number of studies and chaired a study on disruptive innovation.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Fouse was president and CEO of ISX Corporation, a 50-person company that specialized in creating and transitioning advanced information technology systems to operational use. Prior to that, Fouse was technical director for Aptech Imaging Inc., and formerly was a senior project engineer in the Hughes Research Laboratories Exploratory Studies Department.

Since 1985, Fouse has been working closely with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and operational military groups to develop advanced concepts for intelligent systems in a wide variety of military domains. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Central Florida, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Brigadier-General Blaise Frawley, OMM, CD

Director General Space
Canadian Armed Forces

Brigadier-General Blaise Frawley, OMM, CD

Brigadier General Blaise Frawley is the Director General Space in Ottawa, ON. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and upon completion of pilot training, CF-5 Fighter lead-in training and the CF-18 operational training unit, he proceeded to 425 Sqn in Bagotville. 

Brigadier-General Frawley’s flying experience includes two operational tours on 425 Squadron as well as a two-year F/A-18 exchange with the United States Marine Corps in El Toro, California. He has also completed three tours as a CF-18 instructor pilot at 410 Squadron. 

Brigadier-General Frawley’s staff experience includes Chief of Plans, Training and Evaluation at Wing Operations in Bagotville, three years at the Directorate of Aerospace Requirements in Ottawa, two years as A3 Fighter, and two years as Deputy Commander 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg. 

His deployment experience consists of flying combat missions over the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Kosovo as part of Operation Allied Force in the spring of 1999, four-months as Executive Officer of the Task Force Aviano National Command Element at Vicenza, Italy, and eleven-months as the Air Mobility Division Deputy Director, 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Centre at Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar. 

Brigadier-General Frawley’s command tours include Commanding Officer of 410 Tactical Fighter / Operational Training Squadron in Cold Lake, Commander of both 17 Wing and the Air Force Training Centre in Winnipeg, and selection as Combined Force Air Component Commander for Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016. 

During his many operational and instructional flying tours, Brigadier-General Frawley has accumulated over 3000 hours on the F-18 Hornet. He is a graduate of the Fighter Weapons Instructor and the Fighter Electronic Warfare Advanced Radar courses. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, and the United States Air Force ‘Air War College’ at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He holds a Bachelors of Military Arts and Sciences from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Air Force Air University.

Stephane Germain

President
GHGSat Inc.

Stephane Germain

Stéphane Germain founded GHGSat in 2011 to answer a market need for consistent, high quality measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities worldwide.

Mr. Germain has over 25 years of experience in aerospace engineering, project management, and business development. He has held senior management positions over a period of 10 years in both small and large Canadian aerospace companies. Prior to these positions, he was a consultant for several years with Bain & Company, a leading international strategy consulting firm, working for Fortune 500 companies in industries ranging from forestry to aerospace. At the start of his career, he worked as an engineer and project manager at Spar Aerospace.

Mr. Germain graduated from Queen’s University (Canada) with a B.Sc. (Engineering Physics) in 1991 and a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD (France) in 1994.

William H. Gerstenmaier

Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

William H. Gerstenmaier

William H. Gerstenmaier is the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. In this position, Gerstenmaier provides strategic direction for all aspects of NASA's human exploration of space and cross-agency space support functions of space communications and space launch vehicles. He provides programmatic direction for the operation and utilization of the International Space Station (ISS), development of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, and is providing strategic guidance and direction for the commercial crew and cargo programs that will provide logistics and crew transportation to the space station.

Gerstenmaier began his NASA career in 1977 at the then Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, performing aeronautical research. He was involved with the wind tunnel tests that were used to develop the calibration curves for the air data probes used during entry on the Space Shuttle.

Beginning in 1988, Gerstenmaier headed the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) Operations Office, Systems Division at the Johnson Space Center. He was responsible for all aspects of OMV operations at Johnson, including development of a ground control center and training facility for OMV, operations support to vehicle development, and personnel and procedures development to support OMV operations. Subsequently he headed the Space Shuttle/Space Station Freedom Assembly Operations Office, Operations Division. He was responsible for resolving technical assembly issues and developing assembly strategies.

Gerstenmaier also served as Shuttle/Mir Program operations manager. In this role, he was the primary interface to the Russian Space Agency for operational issues, negotiating all protocols used in support of operations during the Shuttle/Mir missions. In addition, he supported NASA 2 operations in Russia, from January through September 1996 including responsibility for daily activities, as well as the health and safety of the NASA crewmember on space station Mir. He scheduled science activities, public affairs activities, monitored Mir systems, and communicated with the NASA astronaut on Mir.

In 1998, Gerstenmaier was named manager, Space Shuttle Program Integration, responsible for the overall management, integration, and operations of the Space Shuttle Program. This included development and operations of all Space Shuttle elements, including the orbiter, external tank, solid rocket boosters, and Space Shuttle main engines, as well as the facilities required to support ground processing and flight operations.

In December 2000, Gerstenmaier was named deputy manager, ISS Program, and two years later became manager. He was responsible for the day-to-day management, development, integration, and operation of the space station. This included the design, manufacturing, testing, and delivery of complex space flight hardware and software, and for its integration with the elements from international partners into a fully functional and operating space station.

Named associate administrator for the Space Operations Directorate in 2005, Gerstenmaier directed the safe completion of the last 21 Space Shuttle missions that witnessed assembly completion of the International Space Station. During this time, he provided programmatic direction for the integration and operation of the ISS, space communications, and space launch vehicles.

Gerstenmaier received a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo in 1981. In 1992 and 1993, he completed course work for a doctorate in dynamics and control with emphasis in propulsion at Purdue University.

Gerstenmaier is the recipient of numerous awards, including three NASA Certificates of Commendation, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, a Senior NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and Distinguish Executive Presidential Rank Award. He also was honored with an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from Purdue University. Additionally, he was twice honored by Aviation Week and Space Technology for outstanding achievement in the field of space. His other awards include: the AIAA International Cooperation Award; the National Space Club Astronautics Engineer Award; National Space Club Von Braun Award; the Federation of Galaxy Explorers Space Leadership Award; AIAA International Award; the AIAA Fellow; Purdue University Distinguished Alumni Award; and honored at Purdue as an Old Master in the Old Masters Program; recipient of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement's National Space Trophy; Space Transportation Leadership Award; the AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management; and the AIAA von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics.

Alexander Gibson

Fusion Forum 2017 Manager
Space Generation Advisory Council

Alexander Gibson

Alexander Gibson is an Officer in the US Army National Guard, Project Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry, and has been part of the SGAC since 2014. His roles have included Regional Coordinator, National Point of Contact, and organizing team for SGFF 2015 & 2016. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2006 with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering, for which he studied micrometeorite impacts on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Alexander has had a lifelong interest in space, attending Space School UK and being the first British alumni of the European Space Camp in Norway. He is currently studying for dual Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder, specializing in Bioastronautics. In 2016 he was a recipient of the Future Space Leaders Award.

Air Commodore Alan K. Gillespie, MA BSc RAF

Battlespace Management Force Commander, Headquarters Air Command
Royal Air Force

Air Commodore Alan K. Gillespie, MA BSc RAF

Air Cdre Al Gillespie joined the RAF in July 1988 as a University Cadet and completed his BSc(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering the following year. He spent 10 years flying as a Qualified Weapons Instructor Navigator on the Tornado F3, supporting Ops DENY FLIGHT (Balkans) and RESINATE(S) (Iraq) as well as holding Quick Reaction Alert in the UK and Falkland Islands. He completed staff tours in the DIS and MOD Directorate of Strat Plans and completed a tour as the Chief of Combat Operations in the AFCENT CAOC (Al Udeid) as UK forces withdrew from Basra. Gillespie took command of 23 Sqn (E-3D AWACS) in Jul 08 and, on promotion to gp capt, deployed to Bastion Airfield in Oct 09 to assume command of 903EAW as the USMC expanded into Helmand, culminating in support to Op MOSHTARAK. After a staff appointment in HQ Air Command as Gp Capt ISTAR, Gillespie assumed command of RAF Waddington, the RAF’s ISTAR hub in Jan 12 and oversaw the introduction of UK-based Remotely-Piloted air operations over Afghanistan. On promotion to air cdre, he returned to Al Udeid as the UK Air Component Commander and AOC 83 Expeditionary Air Group, with responsibility for UK air operations across the CJOA and the orderly withdrawal of UK Air Power from Afghanistan. Gillespie is married to Cath, who retired from the RAF in Jul 09; they live with their children Alice (12) and Madeline (10) at RAF High Wycombe.

Jeffrey D. Grant

Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jeffrey D. Grant

Jeffrey D. Grant is sector vice president and general manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.
In this role, Grant leads the division which provides space solutions for civil, military and restricted customers.

Prior to this appointment, Grant was vice president of National Systems for Space Systems. His primary responsibilities were the acquisition and execution of all space programs for restricted customers, which includes the design, build, launch and operations of major systems. He also was responsible for new business with these customers as well as the evolution of existing systems, including capabilities enhancements and technology insertion.
Grant also served previously as the vice president of Business Development at Northrop Grumman’s former Space Technology sector. In that role, he led the business development function, overseeing Space Technology’s strategy formulation, program development, marketing and discretionary investment.

Grant joined Northrop Grumman via the acquisition of TRW in December 2002. Prior to his joining TRW in February 2002, he held a variety of government and private sector positions. Most recently, he was vice president and chief technical officer for Astrolink International, LLC. Astrolink was an international joint venture to develop and operate a global, broadband telecommunications satellite system.
Before joining the private sector, Grant served for 21 years at the United States Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence. In his most recent assignment at the NRO, he served as director, Office of Plans and Analysis. During his 18 years at the NRO, Grant also served as a program director for a satellite, launch and ground segment development. In addition, he was the chief systems engineer on two space intelligence collection projects involving spacecraft in both geosynchronous and low earth orbits. Grant also led an advanced technology division to develop and test advanced imagery, communication and data processing technologies.

Grant received a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the CIA’s Engineer of the Year, the Intelligence Certificate of Distinction and the CIA Certificate of Distinction. Grant currently serves on the board of directors for the Space Foundation.

John Mace Grunsfeld, Ph.D.

Astronaut/Astrophysicist
NASA

John Mace Grunsfeld, Ph.D.

John M. Grunsfeld is an astronaut and scientist with extensive experience as a leader in space and science missions and national space policy.  He has served as a NASA astronaut, the Associate Administrator for Science, and Chief Scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities included a $5.6B portfolio of Earth Science, Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Heliophysics, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the NOAA weather satellite program.  Previously he served as the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Grunsfeld’s scientific research is in the emerging field of exoplanet studies with specific interest in future astronomical instrumentation, and the search for life beyond Earth. Grunsfeld is also an avid explorer, enjoying mountaineering, sailing, and flying small aircraft. 

Grunsfeld joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1992. He is veteran of five space shuttle flights, (STS-67, STS-81, STS-103, STS-109, and STS-125) of which three flights were to the Hubble Space Telescope. He performed eight spacewalks to service and upgrade the Hubble observatory. He has logged more than 58 days in space on his shuttle missions, including 58 hours and 30 minutes of spacewalk time. In 2004 and 2005, he served as the commander and science officer on the backup crew for Expedition 13 to the International Space Station.

Dr. Grunsfeld graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in physics. He earned a master's degree and, in 1988, a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago. From Chicago, he joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology as a Senior Research Fellow in Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy. After his astronaut career he was appointed a Professor of Physics at the Johns Hopkins University in 2010.

His experience and skill in leading NASA science, developing plans and architectures for future programs, systems engineering skills, as a STEM education pathfinder, extensive experience in human spaceflight, and international affairs, make him unique in the world (and off) as a national leader and strategist.

Grunsfeld grew up in the Chicago area, and now lives in Maryland.  He is most well known as the Hubble Repairman and for calling in to the NPR radio show “Car-Talk” from space. 

Brig. Gen. Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret.)

President and CEO
SES Government Solutions

Brig. Gen. Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret.)

Brigadier General Peter F. Hoene, USAF (Retired) was named President and CEO of SES Government Solutions on January 19, 2015. In his previous role, he served as the Corporate Vice President for Development for SES Government Solutions, headquartered in Reston, VA. As Corporate Vice President for Development, he worked with United States warfighters and other government users to help determine their requirements and offer communications support, hosted payload opportunities, and network solutions. He then communicated those requirements to the SES parent organization to take advantage of existing on-orbit SES fleet capacity, or to influence future satellite designs.

Pete retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 as Brigadier General, following 30 years of service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as a distinguished graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.  He holds two masters degrees and served in a wide variety of Space, Command and Control, and research, development, acquisition, test, staff and command assignments.

In his last active duty position, Hoene served as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Program Executive Officer for Command and Control, where he managed a portfolio of Joint and Coalition Command and Control and Information Sharing programs.  Prior to his DISA assignment, he was Commander, 350th Electronic Systems Wing (C2&ISR Wing), Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., where he managed a portfolio of 49 command and control (C2), ISR, Space and Cyber programs valued at more than $9 billion.

Peter M. Hughes

Chief Technologist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Peter M. Hughes

Peter M. Hughes, Chief Technologist for the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), is responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing advanced technology-development programs at Goddard. Among his many responsibilities, Mr. Hughes advises Center leadership on strategies that leverage technology investments to advance NASA's ambitious science and exploration goals. Mr. Hughes, who represents Goddard on NASA's new Center Technology Council, also manages the Center's Internal Research and Development program and various technology-transfer programs. Mr. Hughes received a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. in Management Technology from the University of Pennsylvania's Executive Masters for Technology Management program.

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
USSTRATCOM

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Gen. John E. Hyten is Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of nine Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. USSTRATCOM is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives, providing a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense. General Hyten attended Harvard University on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in engineering and applied sciences and was commissioned a second lieutenant. General Hyten's career includes assignments in a variety of space acquisition and operations positions. He served in senior engineering positions on both Air Force and Army anti-satellite weapon system programs. The general's staff assignments include tours with the Air Force Secretariat, the Air Staff, the Joint Staff and the Commander's Action Group at Headquarters Air Force Space Command as Director. He served as mission director in Cheyenne Mountain and was the last active-duty commander of the 6th Space Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. In 2006, he deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. General Hyten commanded the 595th Space Group and the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB, Colo. Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, he served as the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command.

Yasuyuki Ito

Associate Director General
Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency

Clay Jenkinson

Humanities Scholar and Historical Performer
Dakota Sky Education

Clay Jenkinson

Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs and is considered one of the most entertaining public speakers in the United States. His performances are always humorous, educational, thought provoking and enlightening, while maintaining a steady focus on ideas. Jenkinson is widely regarded as one of the most articulate public speakers in the country and he brings a humanities perspective --partly learned as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University-- to everything he does.

Clay is one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson. He has lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in forty-nine states over a period of fifteen years. Clay also portrays Meriwether Lewis, John Wesley Powell, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Theodore Roosevelt

Clay is also is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Thomas Jefferson Hour and the author of such books as, Becoming Jefferson’s People: Re-Inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-First Century and Theodore Roosevelt In The Dakota Badlands .

Clay is the Director of Dakota Sky Education, Inc , Distinguished Scholar of the Humanities at Bismarck State College and Chief Consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, and a consultant for The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation . He lives in Bismarck, ND.

Christyl Johnson, Ph.D.

Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Christyl Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Christyl Johnson joined NASA Goddard as Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments in December 2010. She manages the center’s research and development portfolio, formulates the center’s future science and technology goals, and leads an integrated program of investments aligned to meet those goals.

Dr. Johnson came to Goddard from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She served under the President’s Science Advisor as the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council, which is the principal means within the executive branch to coordinate science and technology policy across the federal research and development enterprise. She was responsible for ensuring the establishment of clear national goals for federal science and technology investments in a broad array of areas across the executive branch.

Prior to joining the White House staff, Dr. Johnson served as the Assistant Associate Administrator of NASA. She along with the Associate Administrator provided the oversight of the agency's technical mission areas and field center operations.

Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor's degree in physics from Lincoln University, a master's degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Janet Kavandi, Ph.D.

Director
NASA John H. Glenn Research Center

Janet Kavandi, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi serves as Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  In this position, she is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the center.  Glenn is engaged in research, technology, and systems development in support of the nation’s space propulsion, space power, space communications, aeronautical propulsion, microgravity sciences, and materials development programs. Before coming to Glenn, Kavandi worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she served as the Director of Flight Crew Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the Astronaut Corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field. Kavandi was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994 as a member of the fifteenth class of U.S. astronauts. During her time in the Astronaut Office, she supported ISS payload integration, capsule communications, robotics, and served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. She is a veteran of three space flights, serving as a mission specialist on STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 in 2000, and STS-104 in 2001.  Kavandi has logged more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits. Kavandri holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, a master of science degree in chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and her doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Insun Kim, Ph.D.

Vice President
Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

Insun Kim, Ph.D.

Insun Kim is Vice President of Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) since November 2014. In his more than 25-year career at KARI, he has made remarkable contributions to the overall aspects of aerospace development in Korea. He began his career in KARI as a researcher and program manager for the civil aircraft development project and sounding rocket program. He served as a manager for launch preparation and administration for the Korea’s 1st Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-I) Program and contributed to a successful launch of KSLV-I in January 2013. Insun Kim received his B. S. in aeronautical engineering from Seoul national university of S. Korea, his M. S. in aerospace engineering from university Texas at Arlington and his Ph.D. in aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University, U.S.A. Insun Kim has received several awards during his KARI career including the order of Science and Technology Merit.

Igor Komarov

Director General
ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation

Igor Komarov

Igor Komarov is Director General of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation since August 2015. Previously served as a Director General of United Rocket and Space Corporation and prior to that, as Deputy Head of the Federal Space Agency.

Graduated from the Moscow State University in 1986. He held various top management positions in banking and financial sector, at Inkombank, National Reserve Bank, and Sberbank of Russia. He served as a Deputy Director General for Economics and Finance at Norilsk Nickel in 2002 - 2008, as Advisor to Director General of ROSTECH State Corporation and after that consecutively Executive Vice President/President of JSC AVTOVAZ.

Sergey Krikalev

Executive Director for manned space flight programs
ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation

Sergey Krikalev

Sergey Krikalev is Executive Director for manned space flight programs of the Russian State Corporation ROSCOSMOS. He previously was a First Deputy Director of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building ("TsNIImash") for ROSCOSMOS manned space program.

Russian cosmonaut, who ranks the second in the world for the amount of time in space(more than 800 days of flight, 8 spacewalks). After being selected as cosmonaut in 1985, he performed 6 space flights, commanding the 11th expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). His flights included long-duration Mir Space Station mission and the first joint US-Russian Space Shuttle mission. S. Krikalev was one of the first two astronauts who entered the ISS in 1998.

He retired from space flight in 2007 and was appointed as Vice President of the Rocket and Space Corporation ENERGIA in charge of manned space flights. In that office he was the administrator of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center.

Sylvain Laporte

President
Canadian Space Agency

Sylvain Laporte

Sylvain Laporte is the President of the Canadian Space Agency. Before being appointed, Laporte was the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a federal organization responsible for enforcing the Patent Act and managing requests related to trademarks, copyright, industrial design protection and patents. In that role, he was also Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trademarks. Previously, Laporte held the position of Executive Director, Industrial Technologies Office, at Industry Canada, where he was responsible for managing financial contribution programs in research and development for the aerospace, defense, security and space industries. Before joining public service, Laporte worked for the Canada Post Corporation in various sectors, such as marketing, retail, logistics and information technology. He gained extensive experience as an aerospace engineer over the course of his 20-year career with the Canadian Forces and held various positions in fields such as engineering, maintenance, and human resource management. Laporte holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean and a master's degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston.

Wallis W. Laughrey

Vice President Space Systems
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Wallis W. Laughrey

Wallis Laughrey is vice president of Space Systems, a mission area within Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business. A member of the SAS leadership team, he oversees all Space Systems programs, developing organization’s vision, strategy and plans. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Before joining Space Systems, Laughrey was SAS vice president and deputy in Advanced Concepts and Technology. He continues to collaborate with ACT in the development and implementation of new and emerging system concepts, products and strategic technologies that position SAS for the future.

Laughrey came to Raytheon from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems where he was director of Strike Systems Advanced Development. In that role, he was responsible for leading strategy and business development teams in growing two diverse portfolios. During his tenure at Northrop, he held a number of program and functional positions, each with increasing levels of responsibility.

Prior to Northrop, Laughrey was with Raytheon SAS as program manager for a family of products employed on the E2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. He led the development and delivery of five flight units through
subsystem and aircraft level integration and test in less than two years.

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Laughrey served in a number of different roles and organizations within Air Force Space Command and
Air Force Materiel Command.

Laughrey holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in product development engineering from the University of Southern California. He has also earned a certificate in advanced project management from Stanford University. Laughrey holds memberships in the Air Force Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and National Defense Industrial Association professional organizations.

Jean Yves LeGall

President
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Jean Yves LeGall

Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe.  In this capacity, he is also interministerial coordinator for satellite navigation programs.  Le Gall has devoted his entire career to the European space program.  He joined Arianespace in 2001, heading up the company until his appointment as President of CNES. A trained engineer and scientist, he is Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the "Space Circle", a French think-tank.  He also chairs the France-Japan business council of MEDEF International, the international arm of the French business confederation.  He has received multiple awards and accolades over the course of his career.  Le Gall holds the rank of officer in both the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit in France, and was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation.

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt

Attending Physician and Assistant Professor
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt is an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he is the Director of the Fellowship in Extreme Environmental Medicine (FEEM) and the Introduction to Human Health in Space graduate course.  Dr. Lehnhardt is an Adjunct Professor at the International Space University where he has served for two years as the Chair of the Human Performance in Space Department for the Space Studies Program.  In addition, he is a medical specialist reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, a private pilot, and a PADI advanced open water SCUBA diver.

 

 

 

 

Debra Facktor Lepore

Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations and Commercial Aerospace
Ball Aerospace

Debra Facktor Lepore

Debra Facktor Lepore is the vice president and general manager of Strategic Operations and of the Commercial Aerospace strategic business unit for Ball Aerospace. As the leader of Strategic Operations, Lepore is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. She is the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area and runs Washington Operations, Communications and Strategic Development.

As the leader of Ball Aerospace's Commercial Aerospace strategic business, Lepore is responsible for developing and executing new business strategies across the company, and pursuing and performing commercial work in the areas of traditional space, integrated solutions and transformational communications for airborne and space platforms and data analytics.

Lepore brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current roles. Prior to joining Ball in January 2013, she served as the president of DFL Space LLC, an aerospace consulting firm focused on developing innovative business strategies for a wide range of clients. As an industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, she led its Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). She was Principal Investigator on the SERC research project “Expedited Systems Engineering for Rapid Capability and Urgent Needs,” sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, and has used this research toward PhD studies.

Lepore has extensive business experience including serving as president and an owner of AirLaunch LLC, a small business which won funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force to develop an operationally responsive small launch vehicle. She previously served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation. Earlier in her career, she was chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation.

Among other distinctions, Lepore was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation. Lepore serves on the board of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the Future Space Leaders Foundation, and the industry advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department and the Johns Hopkins University Space Systems Engineering program. She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Lepore is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a fellow of the AAS and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She holds a B.S.E. (magna cum laude) and M.S.E. in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session program in space policy and law

Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.

Acting Administrator
NASA

Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.

Since Sept. 25, 2012, he has been NASA's associate administrator, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant.

He previously was director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Named to the position in August 2009, he headed one of NASA's largest field installations, which plays a critical role in NASA's space operations, exploration and science missions. Lightfoot managed a broad range of propulsion, scientific and space transportation activities contributing to the nation's space program. He served as acting director of the center from March 2009 until his appointment as director.

From 2007 to 2009, Lightfoot was deputy director of the Marshall Center. Lightfoot served as manager of the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office at Marshall from 2005 to 2007, where he was responsible for overseeing the manufacture, assembly and operation of the primary shuttle propulsion elements: the main engines, external tank, solid rocket boosters and reusable solid rocket motors.

From 2003 to 2005, he served as assistant associate administrator for the Space Shuttle Program in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. His responsibilities included space shuttle return to flight activities following the Columbia tragedy, technical and budgetary oversight of the $3 billion annual budget and initial transition and retirement efforts for shuttle infrastructure.

In 2002, Lightfoot was named director of the Propulsion Test Directorate at NASA's Stennis Space Center. He served as deputy director of the organization beginning in 2001, until his appointment as director.

Lightfoot began his NASA career at the Marshall Center in 1989 as a test engineer and program manager for the space shuttle main engine technology test bed program and the Russian RD-180 engine testing program for the Atlas launch vehicle program.

Lightfoot received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1986 from the University of Alabama. In October 2007, he was named Distinguished Departmental Fellow for the University of Alabama, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was selected as a University of Alabama College of Engineering fellow in 2009. Lightfoot serves on the University of Alabama Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. In 2010, he was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.

Lightfoot has received numerous awards during his NASA career, including a NASA Outstanding Leadership medal in 2007 for exemplary leadership of the Shuttle Propulsion Office, assuring safety for the return to flight of the space shuttle. In 2006, he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives, and in 2010 he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executives - the highest honors attainable for federal government work. In 2000, Mr. Lightfoot received a Spaceflight Leadership Recognition Award, which recognizes leaders who exemplify characteristics necessary for success. In 1999, NASA's astronaut corps presented him with a Silver Snoopy Award, which honors individuals who have made key contributions to the success of human spaceflight missions. He also received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1996 for significant contributions to NASA's mission.

Dr. Martin Lindsey

Principal Aerospace Engineer
US Pacific Command/J8

Dr. Martin Lindsey

Dr. Martin Lindsey is the Principal Aerospace Engineer supporting the PACOM/J8 and Science & Technology Advisor for U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM).  His chief role is to advise USPACOM staff and advocate for aerospace-domain S&T activities that better enable USPACOM warfighters to accomplish assigned missions.  To accomplish this, he actively engages with Service and Agency Labs, serves as the Operational Manager for aerospace-related technology demonstrations and pursues relevant cooperative efforts with international partners and allies within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. 

Prior to assuming his current duties, Dr Lindsey retired from the Air Force with 20 years of service. His last military assignment was four years as the USPACOM Deputy S&T Advisor, where in addition to his aerospace specialty he focused on expeditionary energy, humanitarian assistance / disaster response and maritime domain awareness technologies. These technologies frequently had him engaging military counterparts throughout Southeast Asia. Previous to joining USPACOM, he earned a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology with a follow-on tour as a branch and deputy division chief for hypersonic propulsion at the Air Force Research Laboratory. His military career also included launch crew commander and operations flight commander responsibilities for the Atlas II/III and Delta IV space launch systems and an assignment as a Minuteman III ICBM maintenance officer. In Oct 2015, Dr Lindsey accepted a career conditional civil service appointment with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, in their Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division, Pearl City, Hawaii. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 professional papers including refereed technical journals.

David Livingston, DBA

Founder and Host
The Space Show

David Livingston, DBA

Dr. David Livingston is the founder and host of The Space Show®. In the nearly 16 years and close to 3,000 interviews, its the nation’s only talk radio program exclusively focusing on space commerce, space tourism, and facilitating our becoming a space-fairing economy and society. Livingston is also the Executive Director of the Giant Leap Foundation, Inc., the 501(C)3 that controls The Space Show promote space education. Livingston is also an Adjunct Professor of Space Studies in the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota.  He has a bachelor's of art in political science, a master's of business administration specializing in international business management, and a doctorate in business administration. His dissertation was titled Outer Space Commerce:  Its History and Prospects

Brigadier Michael Mahy

Director General Military Strategy
Australian Department of Defense

Todd May

Director
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Todd May

Todd May is director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Named to the position in February 2016, he heads one of NASA's largest field installations, with nearly 6,000 on- and near-site civil service and contractor employees -- including those at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which is managed by the Marshall Center -- and an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion. May manages a broad range of propulsion, scientific and space transportation activities contributing to the nation's space program.

2015 and served as acting director from November 2015 until being appointed director. Prior to that, he was manager of the Space Launch System program since August 2011.

From June 2008 until becoming SLS program manager, May was Marshall’s associate director, technical, where he was responsible for ensuring that all center activities, processes and policies are consistent with the nation's Space Exploration Policy.

A native of Fairhope, Alabama, May earned a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 1990. His many awards include NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and the John W. Hager Award for professionalism in materials engineering. He has been named a Distinguished Engineer by his alma mater, Auburn University. In 2014, he received Aviation Week's Program Excellence Award, as well as the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation’s Stellar Award in recognition of the SLS team’s many accomplishments.

Dr. Scott W. McIntosh

Director, High Altitude Observatory and
Associate Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr. Scott W. McIntosh

Scott McIntosh is the Director of the High Altitude Observatory (HAO).  HAO is the oldest component to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, an organization of which he is Associate Director. Scott received his First Class Honors Degree in Mathematics and Physics and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Scott’s research in the field of solar physics has focused on three main areas: the detection and impact of magnetohydrodynamic waves; the detection and understanding of ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet radiation; and understanding the decadal evolution of the solar plasma. 

Scott has authored or co-authored over one hundred journal articles since receiving his Ph.D. in 1998. Those articles include 53 as first author and 9 in high-profile publications (four articles in Nature and five in Science). His current “H-index” is 34, and he has over 4,500 citations. 

Recently, Scott has examined the evolution of ubiquitous emission and magnetic features in the Sun’s outer atmosphere that demonstrate a clear link to the processes which drive the (quasi-) periodic appearance of sunspots. Monitoring the evolution of these features can help us understand how the Sun’s radiative, particulate, and eruptive output modulate with a real insight into evolution across weekly, seasonal, decadal, and to the centennial scales that are pertinent to climate through the detection of magnetized Rossby waves in the sun’s interior. 

Scott has led and participated in numerous community-focused HAO efforts. He was the lead of HAO’s Community Spectropolarimetry Analysis Center (CSAC) initiative. CSAC provides a community focal point for the measurement and interpretation of solar magnetic signals. Scott is the Principal Investigator of the “Eclipse Megamovie Project” (EMP)—an ambitious two-fold effort to capitalize on the public’s interest in the 2017 Great American Total Solar Eclipse to educate the public about the Sun’s day-to-day interaction with our planet while also engaging K-12 and undergraduate scientists as a means to grow the solar-terrestrial physics community.

David F. Melcher

President and Chief Executive Officer
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Ph.D.

General Director
Mexican Space Agency

Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Ph.D.

 Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jimenez is the General Director of the Mexican Space Agency. Prior to his appointment, he was involved in development projects on applications of optical fibers to electrical power systems at the Institute for Electrical Research, Mexico.  Mendieta-Jiminez previously served as Director of the Applied Physics Division and General Director of the Center for Scientific Research and High Education of Ensenada, Baja, California (CICESE), where he formed the optical communications group and laboratory and lead diverse research and development projects on optical telecommunications, free space optical satellite communications and detection. He was a candidate astronaut for the Space Shuttle program, and leader in CICESE of the SATEX 1 Project, which was a coordinated national effort to develop human resources in space sciences around a microsatellite project. Mendieta-Jiminez has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from National University of Mexico and his Certificate of Higher Studies and Doctor of Engineering degree from the National Superior School of Telecommunications, France, in the field of Optical Telecommunications.

Robert Meyerson

President
Blue Origin

Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson is the President of Blue Origin where he has overseen the steady growth of the company since 2003. Blue is developing reusable launch systems to enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space. Vehicles and technologies under development include the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, the BE-3 LOX/LH2 rocket engine, the BE-4 LOX/LNG rocket engine, as well as orbital launch systems. Prior to joining Blue, Meyerson was a Senior Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the landing and thermal protection systems of a two-stage reusable launch vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler’s Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Meyerson began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), where he led the aerodynamic design of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle project. He began his career as a cooperative education student at JSC. Meyerson earned a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Houston. 

Professor Anna Moore

Director
Australia National University’s Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Center (AITC)

Professor Anna Moore

Professor Anna Moore is the Director of the Australia National University’s Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Center (AITC), recently moving from Caltech. Prof. Moore earned her BA at Cambridge University, her MSc in Spacecraft Technology at University College London, and her PhD at the University of Sydney.

Prof. Moore has designed cutting-edge instruments for observatories around the world, and has led the development of first-light instruments for the Thirty Meter Telescope. Prof. Moore is a global expert on Antarctic astronomical site testing.

Prof. Moore is co-editor of the Handbook of Astronomical Instrumentation by World Scientific Press, and has served on several panels for NASA, the NSF. She is the Astronomy Chair for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

Prof. Moore’s current research will open up new insights into the infrared transient universe, in search of elusive cataclysms such as unseen supernovae, stellar mergers, and the electromagnetic signatures of gravitational waves.

Maj. Eleanor E. Morgan, USAF

Pilot and Mission Director
Air Combat Command

Maj. Eleanor E. Morgan, USAF

Major Eleanor E. Morgan is an Evaluator Pilot, Electronic Combat Officer, and Mission Director for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). As a Wing Operations Center Mission Director she is responsible for supervising 24/7 combat operations across three combatant commands and five geographic theaters, integrating both USAF and Coalition RPA missions, and directing global RPA mission execution as tasked by the Secretary of Defense and POTUS.

Prior to her current assignment, Major Morgan served as a C-17A Aircraft Commander and Chief of Mobility for the 4th Airlift Squadron at McChord Field, WA. During her time at McChord, she flew rapid global mobility missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom. She has logged over 2,600 flight hours across both airframes, to include over 700 combat hours, and has completed three deployments in support of the War on Terror. Her experience in manned and unmanned aircraft includes Combat-Mission-Ready Pilot, Instructor, Evaluator, Flight Commander, and Assistant Director of Operations.

Major Morgan earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado in 2006. She holds a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering management and a master of science degree in space studies. She completed her master’s thesis research on the topic of "Simulating Long Duration Deep Space Missions.” An avid youth and female STEM outreach advocate, Major Morgan was named the Air Force winner of the 2012 Federally Employed Women Recognition Award. She has been a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2014 and is currently on the organizing committee for the 2017 Space Generation Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

David Mottarella

Senior Manager Maritime Geospatial Solutions, Space and Intelligence Systems
Harris

David Mottarella

David Mottarella is a Senior Manager for Maritime Geospatial Solutions, Space and Intelligence Systems (SIS) of Harris Corporation. SIS is dedicated to complete Earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection, and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing, and information analytics.

Mottarella assumed the position of Senior Manager, Maritime Geospatial Solutions in 2015. He is responsible for product development, sustained operations and customer relations for the Maritime product line.  In his role, Mottarella is an innovator advancing the state of the art in Maritime Domain Awareness holding 3 US Patents (Pending).

Mottarella is responsible for leading the development and implementation of product roadmaps, overseeing Internal Research and Development, deployment and management of operational systems, and the principal customer relationship manager with the commercial and government maritime user communities.

Before joining Harris in 1994, Mottarella was a test engineer for Northrop Grumman where he worked on Targeting Tracking and Locating systems.

He served as chairman of the board on the Space Coast March of Dimes.

He is a member of National Defense Industrial Agency (NDIA), Marine Technical Society, International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities, Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, Association of Old Crows (AOC) and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Mottarella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Anthony Murfett

Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education)
Australian Embassy, Washington DC

Anthony Murfett

Mr. Anthony Murfett is the Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Anthony's role is to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia's engagement with the industry and innovation, science, research and education systems in the US and Canada.

Prior to this role, Anthony was the General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch within the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. His key responsibility was advising the Australian Government on the policy, design and implementation of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative (a key programme focused on lifting the competitiveness of growth sectors in Australia). Previously, Anthony has been the General Manager of the Productivity and Competitiveness Branch and the Precincts and Coordination Branch. In these roles he was responsible for advising the Australian Government on matters such as sectoral policy, IP policy and strategic industry policy. He has also been responsible for Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres programme, which is focused on supporting medium to long term industry-led research.

Anthony has also worked across a number of areas within the industry and innovation portfolios within the Australian Government. These include the Australian Research Council and IP Australia (Australian Patent Office).

Anthony is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

William Murtagh

Assistant Director for Space Weather, Energy, and Environment Division
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

William Murtagh

Bill Murtagh currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colorado. He recently completed a 2-year assignment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as the Assistant Director for Space Weather, Energy and Environment Division. In his position at OSTP he oversaw the development and implementation of the National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan.

Murtagh is NOAA’s space weather lead in coordinating preparedness and response efforts with industry, emergency managers, and government officials around the world. He regularly briefs the White House, Congress, and other government leadership on vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to space weather storms. Murtagh is also a key contributor in U.S. government efforts to advance international cooperation in space weather-related activities.
He is a regular guest speaker at universities, government agencies, and national and international conferences. Murtagh has provided numerous interviews to major media outlets and is featured in several documentaries on space weather.

Before joining NOAA, Murtagh was a weather forecaster in the United States Air Force. He coordinated and provided meteorological support for national security interests around the world. Bill transferred to the SWPC in 1997 as a space weather forecaster and liaison between NOAA and the U.S. Air Force. He joined NOAA in 2003 after retiring from the Air Force with 23 years of military service.

Ali Nasseri

Co-Chair
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)

Ali Nasseri

Ali Nasseri is co-chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). He began working with SGAC in 2012 as a member of the Space Safety and Sustainability project group, and later moved to roles including executive secretary, member of the local organizing committee, co-lead SSS project group and operations manager of the organization. Nasseri holds a European Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellowship at Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI) Foundation, where he works as part of the European ITN WALL project on the analytical modeling of magnetization dynamics in nanostructures. Prior to joining ISI Foundation, he conducted graduate research on developing surrogates for aerospace fuels at the University of Toronto, and worked on system level modeling and design optimization of space systems at the MDO Lab and the Space Systems Research Center at K. N. Toosi University of Technology. Nasseri is a member of the International Astronautical Federation's Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC), teaches outreach courses as part of the University of Toronto Engineering Outreach Office programs, mentors for the Ontario On-Line Research Co-op for high school students and is a Let's Talk Science volunteer.

Dr. George C. Nield

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D.

Director
Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D.

Since 2009, Dr. Nieuwpoort has been Director of the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), which is responsible for developing and managing the space program of the Netherlands. Previously, he was director of the Netherlands Agency of Aerospace Programmes, which, due to government restructuring, became the NSO. After writing his thesis in chemistry, Nieuwpoort started working for the national government as a policy maker, head of a division for the ministry of Education and Sciences in the areas of research infrastructure and science and technology policy, and was head of a division responsible for the development of economic and safety policy for maritime transport.

Peter Nikoloff

Executive Director and Co-Founder
Nova Group

Peter Nikoloff

Peter Nikoloff is an Executive Director, co-founder of Nova and Senior Weapons System Engineer. He is a member of the Nova Group's Executive Management Team and on the board of two other companies within the Group. He obtained an Aeronautical Engineering degree from RMIT in 1986 and has over 20 years’ experience supporting and conducting test and evaluation of aerospace and defence systems. Prior to starting Nova, Nikoloff worked as a Flight Test Engineer at the RAAF's Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) in the role of Senior F/A-18 Hornet Test Engineer. Pete served at ARDU for over ten years and has vast experience over a range of aircraft and associated systems. He had major involvement with several Hornet Test & Evaluation projects, including the Hornet Upgrade Project and various missile evaluation and integration projects. Nikoloff is a chartered professional engineer and member of the Institution of Engineers, Society of Flight Test Engineers, Flight Test Society of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nikoloff also actively supports the industry in other capacities such as: - President of the Australian Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) - Member of the National Committee for Space Engineering within Engineers Australia  - Chair for the Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation Confere.

Maureen O'Brien

Manager, Strategic Alliances
NASA Headquarters Office of Communications

Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O’Brien is currently the Manager for Strategic Alliances in the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters.  In this role, Ms. O’Brien manages partnerships with external companies and organizations to broadly communicate NASA’s missions, and to help kids of all ages become more interested in our future in space and STEM fields.  Recent partnerships she has worked on include NASA collaborations with LEGO and Google.

Prior to her current role, Ms. O’Brien spent 8 years as Executive Secretary to the NASA Communications Coordinating Council, helping to facilitate strategic communications across the Agency.  Prior to coming to NASA, Ms. O’Brien spent 17 years working in government and legislative affairs at NASA, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, SPACEHAB, Inc., and helped manage various aerospace industry coalitions. 

P.J. O'Rourke

Political Reporter and Political Satirist

P.J. O'Rourke

P. J. O'Rourke has been a political reporter and political satirist for 40 years, since his days as editor of the National Lampoon. He is the author of 18 books including, most recently, How the Hell Did This Happen? on the subject of the 2016 presidential election. He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, writes a weekly column about politics for the investment newsletter The Stansberry Digest, is an H. L. Mencken Fellow at the Cato Institute think tank, an enthusiastic advocate of space exploration, and a member or the Space Foundation board of directors.

 

Jose H. Ocasio-Christian

Chief Executive Officer
Caelus Partners, LLC

Jose H. Ocasio-Christian

Jose Ocasio-Christian is an energetic, innovative, agile, spiritually guided, and resilient leader focused on strategy development and industry disruption with a global reach in any sector. Currently a CEO for Caelus Partners, LLC leading an organization focused on Space companies and Space investors by providing a unique investment and consulting models that are lucrative for both entrepreneurs and investors in every round from seed rounds to mezzanine and exits. Previous to this, he led multiple complex and diverse organizations to achieve success in volatile, uncertain, challenging and ambiguous situations around the world in the classified and open source environments. Provided vision and direction to strategic and operational teams to work across different cultures and understand fragmented stakeholder motivations to arrive at optimal solutions. Achieved excellence in high stake, existential situations for companies and individuals in governed and ungoverned areas, where survival and financial profits are required.

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D.

Director
NASA Johnson Space Center

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, is the 11th director of the Johnson Space Center. She is JSC's first Hispanic director, and its second female director. Her previous management roles include Deputy Center Director and Director of Flight Crew Operations. Ochoa joined NASA in 1988 as a research engineer at Ames Research Center and moved to Johnson Space Center in 1990 when she was selected as an astronaut. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the nine-day STS-56 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times, including STS-66, STS-96 and STS-110, logging nearly 1,000 hours in orbit. Ochoa has been recognized with NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for senior executives in the federal government. She has received many other awards and is especially honored to have 5 schools named for her. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), serves on several boards, and chairs the Nomination Evaluation Committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Ochoa earned a bachelor's degree in physics from San Diego State University and a master's degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University. 

Susan Opp

President, Space & Power Sector
L3 Technologies

Susan Opp

Susan D. Opp is President of the Space & Power Sector of L3 Technologies (LLL). This Sector consists of three divisions: Telemetry and RF (T&RF), Electron Devices Division (EDD), and Narda Microwave-West (NW) with facilities in California and Pennsylvania. Products include Spaceborne and Airborne RF Solid State and Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers, Low Noise Amplifiers, Frequency Converters, Telemetry Data Link Equipment for airborne and space applications, Encryption Systems for both airborne and spaceborne applications, Specialized Intelligence Receivers, and Electronic Propulsion Systems. The Sector has over 1500 employees and a diverse mix of customers: domestic and international, government agencies and prime contractors. Susan has previously served as President and General Manager of L3 Communication Systems-West and the Group President of the Communication Systems Group.

Susan hired into L3 (then Sperry Engineering Corporation) in 1986 as a new college graduate as a result of an on campus recruiting interview. She has direct experience with engineering, new business development, new product development, program management, and general management. Her greatest joy at work is to see new product ideas get funded, designed, manufactured, qualified, and then deployed.

Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah and an L3 Executive Management Certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Susan enjoys several high level volunteer positions in the community including: Board Chair for the Utah Science, Technology, and Research Initiative (USTAR) and Active Membership on the University of Utah’s Engineering National Advisory Council (ENAC). She is a recent recipient of the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology (2016) and Distinguished Alumni Award from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (2016).

 

Donald Osborne

President
MDA Information Systems Group

Donald Osborne

Don Osborne was appointed President of MDA’s Information Systems Group in January 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction of MDA’s Canadian operations.   

Mr. Osborne joined MDA in May 2009 as President, Satellite Systems, covering the Montreal and UK operations. He was then appointed President, Satellite Systems and Advanced Technologies, adding MDA’s robotics business in Brampton, Ontario to his responsibilities. Prior to joining MDA, he held the position of President, Advantech Networks, a provider of Satellite and Wireless Solutions for the Telecommunications and Broadband markets.  

Mr. Osborne began his career with Spar Aerospace in 1983 as a Mechanical Design Engineer.  After joining the management team in 1989, he held positions of increasing responsibility in Manufacturing, Engineering, Program Management, Sales and Marketing and Business Unit Management.  

Mr. Osborne holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration, both from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. 

Dr. David Parker

Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration
European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr. David Parker

David Parker took up duty as Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration (D/HRE) on 1 April 2016.

David Parker graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1984, and a PhD in 1989.

In 1990, he joined British Aerospace Space Systems Ltd as a Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer, working on Cluster as well as technology developments and studies for new space missions including small launch vehicles, sounding rockets and scientific spacecraft.

From 1991, as Head of Liquid Propulsion Systems for British Aerospace, he led all propulsion technology and contract study work for ESA missions.

From 1995 to 1997, he was Head of Guidance, Navigation and Control at Matra Marconi Space, Bristol. As the youngest department head in the company, he led a team of 25 specialists working on ESA science missions including SOHO, Cluster, XMM-Newton, Integral and Rosetta.

He was then selected for a two-year secondment from industry to the Department of Trade and Industry as Assistant Director (Industrial Sponsorship) at the British National Space Centre (BNSC), London (the predecessor of the UK Space Agency).

In 1999, David joined EADS Astrium as Institutional Business Manager and then Key Account Manager for Space Science, from 2002 to 2004. From 2004, David Parker served as the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council’s space policy manager and representative within BNSC.

On creation of the UK Space Agency in 2010, David was appointed Director for Technology, Science and Exploration and acting Head of UK Delegation to ESA. At end of 2012, he became Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency and continued to lead the UK Delegation to ESA until his present appointment.

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF

Commander
Air Force Materiel Command

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski serves as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, executing the critical mission of warfighter support through leading-edge science and technology, cradle-to-grave life cycle weapon systems management, world-class developmental test and evaluation, and world-class depot maintenance and supply chain management.

General Pawlikowski entered the Air Force in 1978 through the ROTC program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of California at Berkeley and received a Doctorate in chemical engineering in December 1981, entering active duty at McClellan AFB, California, in April 1982.

General Pawlikowski's career has spanned a wide variety of technical management, leadership and staff positions including command at the wing and center levels. She has served as Director of the Acquisition Management Office for the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy and as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation, Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Her leadership assignments included Program Director of the Airborne Laser Program; Commander of the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing; Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory; and most recently Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center.

General Pawlikowski is nationally recognized for her leadership in the US science and technology community.  She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineers.

Prior to her current assignment, General Pawlikowski was the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Matthias Petschke

Director EU Satellites Navigation Programmes
European Commission

Matthias Petschke

Law at Würzburg, Lausanne, Freiburg universities

Joins Ministry for Economics, European Policy Department, Section for EU Law

First Secretary at the German Permanent Representation at the EU in Brussels 

Joins the Commission in 1995, after having passed an open competition.

Has essentially worked in the fields of Trade and Internal Market policies:

  • Administrator in the area of procurement policy 
  • From 1997 until 2002, Assistant to the Director General in DG Trade 
  • Deputy Head of Unit for Free Trade Agreement negotiations 
  • 2004 Head of Unit in the Directorate for Public Procurement Policy of DG Internal Market and Services 
  • From 2009 until October 2013, Head of the European Commission Representation in Germany               

*Since October 2013, Director for the European GNSS programmes (Galileo and EGNOS), Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Anh Tuan Pham, Ph.D.

Director General
Vietnam National Satellite Center

Anh Tuan Pham, Ph.D.

Dr. Pham Anh Tuan received his Ph.D. from the Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany. He is the Director of the Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC), Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). His research projects include Manufacturing Flight Model, as well as testing and launching pico-satellites in orbit. He currently directs the Project Management Unit of the Vietnam Space Center Project at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park.

Marius-Ioan Piso, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)

Marius-Ioan Piso, Ph.D.

Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso is President and Chief Executive Officer (since1995) and Chairman of the Board for the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).

He graduated University Babes-Bolyai Cluj (1982) with a diploma in Gravitational Radiation and became Doctor in Physics at University Al.I. Cuza Iasi (1994) with a dissertation on Quantum Space-Time Structure. He also graduated the National Defense College (1999). He started his career as a research scientist in ICPE Bucharest (1983) and he became in 1999 Professor (Principal Scientist 1st degree) in the Institute of Atomic Physics Bucharest. Dr. Piso is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) and Trustee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)

BrigGen Burkhard Pototzky

Brigadier General
German Air Force

BrigGen Burkhard Pototzky

Brigadier General Burkhard Pototzky was born in Neumünster, Germany, 15 March 1957. He enrolled in the German Air Force in 1975 and graduated from Officer Course in 1976.

After receiving his Wings in 1978 at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, USA, and completing fighter training at George AFB, California, in 1979, he was later posted to 712 Squadron of Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen” in Wittmund, Germany, where he flew F-4 F Phantoms and served as the Squadron Weapons Officer and then as Operations Officer Flying Group.

Following an assignment as Squadron Commander of 352 Fighter-Bomber Squadron in Pferdsfeld, he attended the 36th General Staff Course at the General Command and Staff College, Hamburg, from 1991-1993.

Brigadier General Pototzky served as a Staff Officer of Exercises as well as Plans/Policy at HQ AFCENT, Brunssum, the Netherlands, before being posted in 1996 to the staff of the 2nd German Air Division at Birkenfeld. In autumn 1998, he commanded the German Air Contingent during SFOR operations at Vicenza, Italy.

In 1999, he was posted to the MOD in Bonn, serving in the Concepts and Long-term Developments branch of the German Air Staff.

In 2001, he commanded Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen” in Wittmund. While there he also commanded GEAF Ops Wing 2 at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, for ISAF Operations. Following these command tours, Brigadier General Pototzky was posted to German Air Force Command, Cologne, where he was in charge of Air Force flying operations. In 2006, he was again assigned to the MOD as Chief of the Air Staff Concepts and Long-term Developments Branch and Chief of the Operations Concepts & Exercises Branch within the Joint Staff. In 2008 he assumed the position of Chief of Balkan Operations, Joint Commitments Staff, MOD Germany and in 2009 the command of the NAEW&CF E-3A (NATO AWACS) Component.

Brigadier General Pototzky was appointed Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the German Air Force Air Operations Command, Kalkar, Germany from August 2012 until June 2013. During this period he also commanded the Airbase Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, for ISAF operations.

On 1st July 2013 he was appointed Branch Head Operations of the Air Operations Command, Uedem, Germany.

Brigadier General Pototzky is married and has two children.

Jane Poynter

Chief Executive Officer
World View

Jane Poynter

Jane Poynter is the Chief Executive Officer of World View. She is also a member of the Biosphere 2 design team and a member of the original crew who lived inside the sealed, self-sustaining habitat for two years. Poynter was co-founder, President and Chairwoman of Paragon Space Development Corporation, which develops technologies for extreme environments. Experiments in her patented, self-sustaining habitats have flown on the International Space Station (ISS), Mir and the Space Shuttle. Poynter is a recognized leader in sustainable development. She is the author of The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2.

Mary Preville

Director General, Policy
Canadian Space Agency

Mary Preville

Mary Preville joined the Canadian Space Agency in September 2016, as Director General of Policy.  Ms. Preville is responsible for the development of space policy to support the Canadian industry and research community, as well as domestic and international engagement with stakeholders across the space sector.

Previously, Ms. Preville was the Director General of Strategic Policy and Operations in the Earth Sciences Sector at Natural Resources Canada where she was responsible Canada’s centre of excellence for Arctic logistics for the advancement of scientific knowledge, for the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation program, as well as for a number of international and policy issues.  For many years, Ms. Preville was the lead executive responsible for the design and delivery of energy research and development programs, and spent two years at the International Energy Agency in Paris.

Ms. Preville holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from McGill University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Jim Quick

President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC)

Yuriy Radchenko

Chairman
State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU)

Yuriy Radchenko

Born on March 23, 1954 in the village of Velyki Korovyntsi, Zhytomyr region.

Education

1977 - graduated from Kharkiv Aviation Institute named after Zhukovsky in specialty “Engineer of electronic devices";

2000 – graduated from the Kharkov Institute of Business and Management in specialty "Finance and Credit".

PhD in Economics

Professional Experience

Experience in the space industry

1977 – 2008 – State Scientific Poduction Enterpise "Kommunar", positions from an engineer to the First Deputy General Director, Director of the "Kommunarschetmash" Plant.

Teaching experience

2008 – 2010 – Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Marketing, Kharkov Trade and Economic Institute of Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics;

2011 – 2012 - Professor, Head of the Department of Economics and Management, State Institute of the Industry Personnel Training and Retraining 

 Experience in the military-industrial complex

2012 – January, 2015 - Director, State Enterprise Research Institute “KVANT”, State Concern “Ukroboronprom”.

2013 – 2015 – Acting Director,  Division of radar, radio communications and air defense systems, State Concern "Ukroboronprom"

2013 – 2015 - Member of the Board of Directors, State Concern "Ukroboronprom"

September 14, 2016 - Acting Chairman of SSAU

Author of over 40 publications on the problems of innovation in civil and defense sectors of Ukraine, economy, management.

Awarded as “Honored Mechanic Engineer of Ukraine” (1997)

Married, has a son

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Executive Director
Space Generation Advisory Council

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Minoo Rathnasabapathy is the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), an non-governmental association which acts in support of the United Nations Programme on space applications, based in Vienna, Austria.  Rathnasabapathy earned her undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering in Australia, and has worked on several projects including structural design improvements for the Ariane 5 launch system.  Rathnasabapathy is currently completing her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, researching the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures.  Besides her interest in the space sector, Rathnasabapathy has a black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. Gen. Raymond oversees Air Force network operations, manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities, and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 38,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.  Gen. Raymond also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

Gen. Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He has commanded the 5th SpaceSurveillance Squadron at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colorado, 14th Air Force, United States Strategic Command, Joint Functional Component Command for Space. He deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The general's staff assignments include Headquarters AirForce Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, the AirStaff and the Office of Secretary of Defense.

Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Congressman

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Mike Rogers is a fifth generation East Alabamian. He is a conservative, a Christian, the father of three and married to his wife, Beth, for over 30 years.

Mike grew up in Calhoun County, Alabama, in the small mill village of Blue Mountain. His mother worked in the local textile mill and his father was a firefighter. Mike learned the values of family, hard work and sacrifice from his parents.

Since first elected in 2002, Mike has been known for his tireless advocacy for the people and interests of Alabama’s Third Congressional District. He currently serves on the Agriculture Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, all vital to Alabama’s interests. Nationally, he has built a reputation as a recognized leader on key national security issues.

Col. Lee Rosen, USAF (Ret.)

Vice President, Customer Operations & Integration
SpaceX

Col. Lee Rosen, USAF (Ret.)

Lee Rosen is SpaceX’s Vice President of Customer Operations and Integration.  As SpaceX’s key interface for all customer interactions (commercial, military & civil), he ensures seamless integration and program management of satellite, Dragon Crew & Cargo missions, and on-orbit operations. In his previous SpaceX position, he was Vice President of Mission & Launch Operations responsible for running SpaceX’s launch sites and mission management.  He was also Launch Site Director at SpaceX’s SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA where his team transformed the pad from TitanIV to Falcon 9/Falcon Heavy configuration. 

Lee is a retired US Air Force Colonel with more than 28 years of industry and military experience in space systems engineering, acquisition, operations, maintenance and mission assurance. After serving 23 years, Rosen retired with the rank of Colonel in May 2011 as the Commander of the 45th Launch Group, Cape Canaveral. He also served as the Commander of the 4th Space Launch Squadron at Vandenberg, where he was responsible for modifying SLC-6 for Delta IV and SLC-3E for Atlas V. Lee has experience in senior executive leadership positions, including classified programs. He has managed active budgets of over $7 billion in assets and has delivered critical space capabilities to warfighters and customers worldwide. 

Col Rosen grew up in the Boston area and graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1988. Throughout his career he served in a variety of positions in Strategic Air Command, Air Force Material Command, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and Air Force Space Command. His staff tours included Program Element Monitor for the Defense Space Reconnaissance Program at the Pentagon, Program Control/Budget at Space and Missile Systems Center, and Executive Assistant to the Director of the NRO. Col Rosen also served as the Director of the Counterspace Group, Space Superiority Systems Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. 

He is certified as DoD Acquisition Program Manager, Financial Manager, Comm and Computer Professional, and a Certified Project Manager (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. He holds 4 master’s degrees and is a Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Lee is proud husband/dad, avid runner, cyclist, surfer, ukulele player and brewer.

Betty J. Sapp

Director
National Reconnaissance Office

Betty J. Sapp

Betty Sapp was appointed the 18th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (DNRO) on July 6, 2012. The DNRO provides direction, guidance, and supervision over all matters pertaining to the NRO and executes other authorities specifically delegated by the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence. 

Ms. Sapp began her government career as a United States Air Force officer in a variety of acquisition and financial management positions, including: business management positions in the NRO; Program Element Monitor at the Pentagon for the MILSTAR system; Program Manager for the FLTSATCOM program at the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles; and manager of a joint-service development effort for the A-10 engine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. 

In 1997, Ms. Sapp joined the Central Intelligence Agency. She was assigned to the NRO where she served in a variety of senior management positions. In 2005, she was appointed the Deputy Director, NRO for Business Plans and Operations. As such, she was responsible for all NRO business functions, including current-year financial operations, preparation of auditable financial statements, business systems development, budget planning, cost estimating, contracting, as well as all executive and legislative liaison activities. 

In May 2007, Ms. Sapp was appointed the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Portfolio, Programs and Resources), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. In this position, she was responsible for: executive oversight of the multibillion-dollar portfolio of defense intelligence-related acquisition programs; the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of the multibillion dollar Military Intelligence Program; and the technology efforts critical to satisfying both current and future warfighter needs. 

In April 2009, Ms. Sapp was appointed the Principal Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office (PDDNRO). As PDDNRO, she provided overall day-to-day management of the NRO, with decision responsibility as delegated by the DNRO. 

Ms. Sapp holds a Bachelor of Arts, and an MBA, Management, both from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is also Level III certified in Government Acquisition and was certified as a Defense Financial Manager. Ms. Sapp is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.

Col. Piero Gilberto Serra, ITAF

Chief, Aeronautical Space Policy Office
Italian Air Force

Col. Piero Gilberto Serra, ITAF

Col. Piero G. Serra is the Chief of the Aeronautical Space Policy Office, at the Aerospace Planning Division, 3rd Department of ITAF Air Staff, Rome-Italy.

He joined the Italian Air Force in 1982 and upon completion of Air Force Academy in Pozzuoli (Naples) as cadet (Engineer) of the Course “Borea IV”, graduating with laude in Aeronautical Engineering at the University "Federico II" of Naples and receiving the Air Force Academy award “Sciabola d’Onore”, he proceeded to the “Flight Test Wing” in Pratica di Mare, holding different assignment within the Technical Group, the Operations Office and Software Management Group. He also worked as ITAF Coordinator Officer for the Multinational Program PA-200 "Tornado"

In 1989 he attended the Flight Test Engineer Course at the Empire Test Pilot School in Boscombe Down (UK), achieving the qualification.  At the end of the course he was awarded with the Dunlop Trophy as the best engineer student. 

In 2004 he attended the Master's Degree in Space Systems and Orbiting Platforms at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome, achieving the qualification of Space Systems and in 2005 he attended the 7th Course for Staff Command (ISSMI), achieving the Master's Degree in International Strategic Studies. In the same year he attended the course for Legal Advisor. 

Upon completion of the space officer training, in October 2005, he was posted to the (procurement) Directorate TELEDIFE where he was appointed as Chief of the 2nd Branch of the 5th Division (Space Systems), within the 2nd Department.  

In September 2006 he was assigned to the Defence - Information and Security Department (RIS) where he was appointed as Chief of the Radar Sensors Branch of the Remote Sensing Satellite Office of the 2nd Department, dealing with entering into service and operations of COSMO-SkyMed satellites. 

In September 2009 he was posted to the Permanent Representative of Italy to the North Atlantic Council of NATO in Brussels, where he was appointed as Military Attaché for Air Armaments. 

In October 2012 he was assigned as Director to the Territorial Technical Office in Naples (technical-administrative area) of the Directorate of Air Armaments and for Airworthiness (DAAA). 

Since 10 September 2014 he is serving as Chief of Space Policy Office of the 3rd Department of the ITAF Air Staff. He presently is also National Delegate to the Steering Committee of EU SST Consortium. 

He was Born on Nov. 18, 1960 in Milano. He is married with Mariateresa and has two children, Lorenzo and Giulia.

 

 

Brig. Gen. John Shaw, USAF

Deputy Director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate
U.S. Strategic Command

Brig. Gen. John Shaw, USAF

Brig. Gen. John E. Shaw is the Deputy Director, Global Operations (DJ3), Global Operations Directorate, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. As deputy director he is responsible to the Commander on matters of situational awareness, command and control and integrated plans and operations across space, nuclear, and cyber operations.  He has served in a variety of air and space operations and staff positions, including operations tours in the 50th Space Wing, the National Reconnaissance Office, the 32nd Air Operations Group, and the Space Warfare Center.  His operational commands have included the 4th Space Operations Squadron, the 50th Operations Group, and the 21st Space Wing. He has also served previously at U.S. Strategic Command as Director of the Commander's Action Group, and in the Pentagon as an Air Force intern, as Deputy Chief of Space Strategy and Integration, as a speechwriter, and as a senior space policy advisor. Shaw holds a bachelor of science fro mastronautical engineering from the Air Force Academy, a master of science in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington, Seattle, a master of arts in organizational management from the George Washington University, a master of science in national security strategy from the National War College, and a master of arts in military operational arts and sciences from the Air Command and Staff College. 

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

Vice Chairman
Space Foundation

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

General Shelton retired as Commander, Air Force Space Command, in September 2014. During his career, he commanded space operations units at every level and held staff positions in a wide range of Air Force and Department of Defense organizations. In his final assignment, he led a team of over 40,000 at Air Force Space Command to provide space and cyberspace operational forces as well as acquisition of space systems. In this role, he was responsible for a budget of over $10 billion. During his career, General Shelton was a Space Shuttle controller for the first 18 missions, commander of Global Positioning System operations during the initial deployment of the constellation, and commander of the largest ballistic missile wing. He also commanded all Department of Defense space operations during internationally significant events such as the Chinese anti-satellite test and the North Korean Taepo Dong launch. He served as the CIO of the Air Force and the director of the Air Force headquarters staff during one of the most turbulent periods in the Air Force’s history. General Shelton earned a bachelor of science degree in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, a master of science degree in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a master of science degree in national security studies from the National War College. 

Gwynne Shotwell

President and Chief Operating Officer
SpaceX

Gwynne Shotwell

As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and for managing all customer and strategic relations to support company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 70 launches, representing more than $10 billion in business. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors. 

Prior to joining SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation. There she held positions in Space Systems Engineering & Technology as well as Project Management. She was promoted to the role of Chief Engineer of an MLV-class satellite program, managed a landmark study for the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial space transportation, and completed an extensive analysis of space policy for NASA’s future investment in space transportation. Shotwell was subsequently recruited to be Director of Microcosm’s Space Systems Division, where she served on the executive committee and directed corporate business development.  

In 2014, Shotwell was appointed to the United States Export Import Bank's Advisory Committee and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council.   Shotwell has been awarded the World Technology Award for Individual Achievement in Space, has been inducted into the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame and was elected to the honorable grade of Fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.   

SpaceX supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs locally near its offices as well as national engineering programs and competitions. Through leadership in both corporate and external programs, Shotwell has helped raise over $1.4 million for STEM education programs reaching thousands of students nationwide.   

Shotwell received, with honors, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. She has authored dozens of papers on a variety of space related subjects.  

David Sinclair, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer
Liberty Biosecurity

David Sinclair, Ph.D.

David A. Sinclair, Ph.D. Is a Professor in the Department of Genetics and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School. He is best known for his work on understanding why we age and how to slow its effects. He obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1995. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at M.I.T. with Dr. Leonard Guarente where he co discovered a cause of aging for yeast as well as the role of Sir2 in epigenetic changes driven by genome instability. In 1999 he was recruited to Harvard Medical School where his laboratory's research has focused primarily on understanding the role of sirtuins in disease and aging, with associated interests in chromatin, energy metabolism, mitochondria, learning and memory, neurodegeneration, and cancer. He has also contributed to the understanding of how sirtuins are modulated by endogenous molecules and pharmacological agents such as resveratrol. Dr. Sinclair is co-founder of several biotechnology companies (Sirtris, Ovascience, Genocea, Cohbar, MetroBiotech, ArcBio, Liberty Biosecurity) and is on the boards of several others. He is also co-founder and co-chief editor of the journal Aging. His work is featured in five books, two documentary movies, 60 Minutes, Morgan Freeman's "Through the Wormhole" and other media. He is an inventor on 35 patents and has received more than 25 awards and honors including the CSL Prize, The Australian Commonwealth Prize, Thompson Prize, Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Award, Charles Hood Fellowship, Leukemia Society Fellowship, Ludwig Scholarship, Harvard-Armenise Fellowship, American Association for Aging Research Fellowship, Nathan Shock Award from the National Institutes of Health, Ellison Medical Foundation Junior and Senior Scholar Awards, Merck Prize, Genzyme Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Science Award, Bio-Innovator Award, David Murdock-Dole Lectureship, Fisher Honorary Lectureship, Les Lazarus Lectureship, Australian Medical Research Medal, The Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Award, Top 100 Australian Innovators, and TIME magazine’s list of the "100 most influential people in the world”.

Anup Singh

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer
InnaMed

Anup Singh

Anup Singh is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of InnaMed, a Y Combinator-backed startup developing a home blood-testing device for chronically-ill patients. InnaMed was one of the three winners of the 2016 NASA iTech Cycle I competition and aims for their device, called the HealthScale, to be used by astronauts for health monitoring on multi-year missions (e.g. Mars). Anup did his BS/MS in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania and was most recently a PhD candidate in Bioengineering at UCLA. He has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in the fields of microfluidics and point-of-care diagnostics and is passionate about developing and commercializing novel healthcare technologies.

Ashlie Blackstone Smith

Physical Science Teacher
Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls

Shuzo Takada

Director General, National Space Policy Secretariat
Cabinet Office of Japan

Jeffrey Tarr

President and Chief Executive Officer
DigitalGlobe

Jeffrey Tarr

Jeffrey Tarr joined DigitalGlobe in 2011 as President and CEO. Under his leadership, DigitalGlobe has grown annual revenue from $300 million to $700 million and strengthened its commitment to its purpose of Seeing a better world®. DigitalGlobe’s imagery, platforms and insights serve end-users across the U.S. government and its allies, and enable the maps and geospatial applications relied on by billions of consumers. DigitalGlobe has also expanded into geospatial analytics with its Geospatial Big Data Platform where users run hundreds of applications on DigitalGlobe’s 15-plus-year time-lapse imagery library, revealing insights that help solve critical problems. Prior to joining DigitalGlobe in 2011, Tarr served as president and COO of IHS, chairman and CEO of Hoover’s and a division president with Dun & Bradstreet, and began his career with Bain & Company. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and serves on the boards of CEB (NYSE: CEB), the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and the Management Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tarr earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Dylan Taylor

President and Chief Operating Officer
Colliers International

Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor is the President and COO of Colliers International where he oversees the operations of more than 16,300 professionals operating from 502 offices in 67 countries. Taylor’s focus is on integrating operations across all services lines; enhancing client engagement strategies and cross-selling; fostering service excellence and an enterprising culture; and developing systems for supporting the strategic growth of Colliers worldwide. Taylor is also a leading angel investor. He has several investments within the smallsat and Earth observation sector. Taylor holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the University of Arizona, an MBA from University of Chicago, and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government for global leadership and public policy for the 21st Century at Harvard. 

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Commander, Joint Space Command
French Ministry of Defense

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Air Force Brigadier General Jean-Daniel Testé was born on September 27, 1961 in Lourdes, France. 

He has been serving as commander of the French Joint Space Command since July 1, 2014.   

Military Education:  Air Force Academy 1980 /1984 Joint Staff College 1996/1997  College of Defense Studies (Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires et Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale) 2007/2008.  

Upon completion of initial officer training, he was assigned in 1984 at the air force photographic interpretation center in Saint-Cyr l’Ecole where he was successively head of the research and digitization department, and head of the interpretation department. 

In 1988, in the framework of higher scientific and technical military education (EMSST), he attended the Ecole nationale supérieure d’électronique, électrotechnique, informatique et hydraulique in Toulouse (ENSEEIHT), where he qualified as an engineer in computer science. 

Afterwards, he was assigned at the defense staff, planning-program-space division, where he was charged of the satellite image technical process department (SETIS) in Arcueil (94). In 1991 he joined the development team of HELIOS military observation satellite in Paris and was responsible for the satellite mission. 

In 1993, he was assigned at the national space study center (Centre national d’études spatiales - CNES) in Toulouse as liaison officer for the HELIOS satellite. 

After the joint staff college, he was head of the space and intelligence department at the “Studies and General Plans” division at the air force staff. 

In 2002, he was posted to the geographic department at the defense staff in Arcueil. He then took command of the unit in 2003. 

Between 2005 and 2007, he took command of the French Guyana Air Forces and “Capitaine François MASSE” Air Force Base in Cayenne. 

Upon completion of the higher command and staff course (equivalent HCSC - Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires, CHEM) he was nominated deputy director of advanced military education and promoted to Brigadier General on September 1, 2010. 

Then he was Deputy head - “Homeland” - Air Operations and Air Defense Command between 2011 and 2012. 

He was deputy director - Analysis and Production - at the Military Intelligence Directorate from September 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Brigadier General Testé is officer of the Legion of Honor and commander of the National Order of Merit.

He is married and has three children. He has a passion for rugby and regularly practices running. 

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, USAF

Vice Commander
Air Force Space Command

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, USAF

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson is Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He assists the commander in organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and providing missile warning, positioning, navigation and timing, communications and cyber capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and the other functional and geographic combatant commands. The command oversees Air Force network operations; manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 38,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.  General Thompson also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

General Thompson was commissioned in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a career space officer with assignments in operations, acquisition, research and development, and academia. He has commanded operational space units at the squadron, group and wing levels. The general is also an Olmsted Scholar, graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course and Level III-certified Program Manager. Prior to his Vice Commander assignment, General Thompson was the Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

Yulong Tian

Secretary General
China National Space Administration (CNSA)

Yulong Tian

Born in May of 1963, graduated from Shenyang Collage of Aeronautic Industry with Bachelor degree in 1985, and gained PhD degree from Huazhong Science and Technology University in 2006.

He worked in China Aerospace Corporation in the department of science and technology and started working in CNSA since 1998, serving as the Deputy Director-General of Science, Technology and Quality Control Department, Deputy Director-General of System Engineering Department, and Deputy Director-General of Earth Observation System and Data Center. He was designated as the chief designer of ground system for earth observation in 2010. Starting from 2013, he acted as the Director-General of System Engineering Department, and was promoted as the Secretary General of CNSA in the same year.

Dr. Marco Villa

COO
Terran Orbital and Tyvak Nano Satellite Systems

Dr. Marco Villa

Dr. Marco Villa, is COO of Terran Orbital and Tyvak Nano Satellite Systems.  His responsibilities are day-to-day management, strategic efforts, and the acquisition and execution of satellite opportunities for government and commercial customers worldwide.  Dr. Villa has worked on some of the most advanced and cutting-edge programs in the aerospace industry, from technology demonstration satellites to leading commercial efforts, and has developed a unique expertise that combines business management, finance administration and technical knowledge.  Previously, Dr. Villa served as Director of Mission Operations at SpaceX, managing the missions of the Dragon spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.  

Dr. Stephen Volz

NESDIS Assistant Administrator
NOAA Satellite & Information Service

Dr. Stephen Volz

Dr. Stephen Volz is the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services. In this role Dr. Volz leads the acquisition and operation of the nation’s civil operational environmental satellite system. He also leads efforts for research and development of products and programs to archive and provide access to a variety of Earth observations.

Dr. Volz previously served as the Associate Director for Flight Programs in the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate where he managed all of NASA’s Earth Science flight missions and associated activities.

Prior to serving as the Flight Program Director, Dr. Volz was the Earth Science program executive for a series of Earth Science missions, including EO-3 GIFTS, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and ICESat, and he led the Senior Review for the Earth Science operating missions. Dr. Volz worked in industry at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation from 1997–2002, where he was the Project Manager for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility superfluid helium cryostat and other flight projects. From 1986–1997 Dr. Volz worked for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as an instrument manager, an I&T Manager, a systems engineer, and a cryogenic systems engineer on missions and instruments including the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), among others.

Dr. Volz is a member of several professional societies, including the American Physical Society (M’82), the American Astronomical Society (M’87), the American Geophysical Union (M’02), and the American Meteorological Society (M’08). He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an active member of and participant in the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), and a member of the GRSS Administration Committee (AdCom) for the period of 2013–2017.

Dr. Volz has a doctorate in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1986), a master’s in Physics from Illinois (1981), and a bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Virginia (1980). He has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

 

The Honorable Robert S. Walker

Executive Chairman
Wexler & Walker

The Honorable Robert S. Walker

Wexler & Walker Chairman Robert S. Walker has an insider’s knowledge of politics and policy based on decades of high-level government experience.  Recognized as one of Washington’s leading political strategists, Congressman Walker is in constant demand for his in-depth counsel on public policy issues and trends.

Mr. Walker retired from service in the U.S. House of Representatives after 20 years representing Pennsylvania's 16th District.  During that time he was Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology (then called the Science Committee), Chief Deputy Whip, Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee, Chairman of the Republican Leadership and Speaker Pro Tempore. 

His expertise in aerospace issues is recognized and utilized.  In 2001, he was appointed to chair the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry.  In 2004, he served on the President’s Commission on Implementation of the U.S. Space Exploration Policy.  For several years Congressman Walker was a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council. Back in 1996 he was the first sitting House Member to be awarded NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal and in 2004 received the NASA Distinguished Public Services Medal. From 2006 – 2008, he was Chairman of the Space Foundation and is presently a Director Emeritus of that board. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he was a senior advisor to the Trump campaign focusing on the development of space policy.

For more than thirty years Congressman Walker has played a key role in the development and implementation of major public strategies related to science, space, technology, energy and legislative procedure.  For example, he participated in some of the earliest congressional hearings and legislation related to the internet and development of the internet. Today he chairs the board of the Alliance for Transportation Innovation which is a leading advocate for autonomous vehicles. He appears regularly on Fox News, Newsmax and BBC.  He lectures frequently at the Brookings Institute, the Government Affairs Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Institute. 

Walker has a deep background in U.S. foreign policy issues.  In 1996 he chaired the committee which drafted the foreign policy section of the Republican Platform.  He has traveled and studied on all seven continents.  Presently he is a member of the board of the American Australian Council which promotes the relationship between the US and Australia. In 2011 Walker traveled to China as a part of a Former Members of Congress delegation to meet with Chinese government, business and academic leaders.

Congressman Walker holds a B.S. in Education from Millersville University where the Walker Center for Civic Responsibility and Leadership is located.  Additionally, he has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Franklin and Marshall College.

Michael Watkins, Ph.D.

Director
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Michael Watkins, Ph.D.

Michael M. Watkins became Director of JPL on July 1, 2016. In this role he also serves as a vice president of the California Institute of Technology, which staffs and manages JPL for NASA.Watkins, an engineer and scientist, previously was on the staff of JPL for 22 years. In 2015-16 he spent a year at the University of Texas at Austin, where he held the Clare Cockrell Williams Chair in Engineering and was director of the university’s Center for Space Research.During his JPL career, Watkins served as chief scientist for the Laboratory’s Engineering and Science Directorate, manager of JPL’s Science Division and manager of its Navigation and Mission Design Section. He was mission manager from development through landed operations for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which sent the Curiosity rover to Mars. He also led NASA development and review teams for the Cassini, Mars Odyssey and Deep Impact robotic space missions.

Watkins served as project scientist for the GRACE, GRAIL and GRACE Follow-On missions. He was an originator of the concept for the GRACE mission, which uses a pair of Earth-orbiting satellites to make detailed measurements of Earth's gravity field anomalies. In addition, he has been a pioneer in the development and use of gravity data for new science applications to better understand Earth’s climate and its evolution. Other research interests include mission design, instrument design and science analysis for acquisition and use of remote sensing data for Earth and other planets.

Watkins holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published in both engineering and science, contributed more than 100 conference presentations, and serves or served on the boards of numerous international scientific and engineering societies. In addition, he has taught estimation, filtering theory and system engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and at Caltech.

Shaun Wilson

Chief Executive Officer
Shoal Group

Shaun Wilson

Shaun Wilson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of systems engineering house, Shoal (www.shoalgroup.com), a firm which focuses on conceptual design of large, complex defence and transportation systems. Starting his career in the Royal Australian Air Force, he later moved to the private sector where he worked in engineering and corporate roles before founding Shoal in 2001.

During his career, Shaun has led a range of technology initiatives including development of the first in-service Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for the Australian Army, early development of broadband communications capability for Antarctica using small satellites (www.antarcticbroadband.com), and practical implementation of model-based design approaches for large, complex military systems (since used for several major defence programs). Shaun also led the ‘spin out’ of one of Shoal’s internal research efforts into QxBranch (www.qxbranch.com), a US-headquartered quantum computing and data analytics firm that services finance, insurance, aerospace, and security customers worldwide.

Shaun is a published author the study of complex systems, in military technology, and in aerospace modelling and simulation. He holds technical and management degrees from institutions in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Shaun has previously been president of the Australian Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) (www.incose.org) and is a former director of the Australian Space Research Institute Ltd (www.asri.org.au). He is a life member of both the Royal United Services Institute of Australia and of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (www.aiaa.org).

Michael Wood

Chief Engineer, Space Launch System, Space Exploration
Boeing

Michael Wood

Michael Wood is the Boeing Space Launch System (SLS) Chief Engineer, responsible for technical integrity and engineering activities across the SLS stages development team. Michael provides technical oversight and leadership and ensures technical excellence of the SLS programs, including the SLS core stage and upper stage development effort now underway. 
 
Michael has 29 years of program, project and executive management experience with Boeing in developing military, commercial, and human spaceflight systems.  Prior to his current position, Michael led Systems Engineering and Integration for the Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation Program. He established the Design Analysis Cycle (DAC) process and led the program through a successful Preliminary Design Review and contract award for full scale development. His responsibilities included Requirements Definition and Management, Interface Management, Risk, Issue and Opportunity management, Launch Vehicle Acquisition and Integration, Test and Verification, and Integrated System Analysis.  
 
Previous roles include serving as Director of the Thermal and Environmental Control Systems for the International Space Station (ISS).  In that capacity, Michael led a team to develop, test and integrate the active and passive thermal control systems and the environmental control and life support systems of the International Space Station.  Michael also served as the Deputy Program Manager and integrated product team leader for the Zarya spacecraft, the first element of the ISS. There he remained manager of the program through the successful launch and on-orbit check out of the spacecraft.  Michael was awarded the NASA Public Service medal for his leadership role.  
 
Michael has also led design teams, test teams, and analysis teams on programs such as the Air Force One (AF-1) Presidential Aircraft, Space Station Freedom, Orbital Space Plane, Constellation and the Crew Exploration Vehicle.

Danielle Wood, Ph.D.

Goddard Applied Sciences Manager
NASA

Danielle Wood, Ph.D.

Dr. Danielle Wood is a space systems engineer and researcher with expertise in technology policy for the US and emerging nations. She currently serves as the Applied Sciences Manager in the Goddard Earth Sciences Division. Her role is to foster the transfer of Goddard’s earth science findings for societal applications such as food security and water resource management. Previously, Dr. Wood served as Special Assistant and Advisor to the Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  Prior to working at NASA, Dr. Wood held positions at the Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. Dr. Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a PhD in Systems Engineering, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, M.S. in Technology Policy and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director General
European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner became the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General on July 1 2015. Previously, from March 2007 to June 2015, he served as chairman of the executive board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In 1995, he was elected president of Darmstadt Technological University where he previously was technical director of the Institute for Glass Construction, dean of the civil engineering faculty and head of the Testing and Research Institute. Wörner earned a degree in civil engineering from Darmstadt Technological University and has received honorary doctorates from State University, New York (USA), the technological universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, St. Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia) and from École Centrale Lyon (France).

Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa

Professor, Kyoto University and Board Member of Space Policy Committee
Cabinet Office of Japan

Becky Yoder, CPA

Chief Executive Officer
Surrey Satellite Technology US

Becky Yoder, CPA

Becky Yoder is chief executive officer of Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of world-leading small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in the United Kingdom. Becky was named CEO of Surrey US in September 2016 to lead the company in the cultivation of the rapidly growing U.S. market for cost-effective small satellite systems, applications, and services. As CEO, Becky directs the company’s strategic development and operational activities.
In a dual role, Becky continues to serve as the chief financial officer and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management.
Prior to joining Surrey in 2008 as its first U.S. employee, Becky Yoder served as controller for Lloyd Realty Partners in Dallas and Resolute Investments in Englewood, Colorado. A Certified Public Accountant, she also worked for six years at Arthur Andersen and as CFO for Aslex, a Denver-based process management company. Becky earned her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Metropolitan State University in Denver.

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Col. Todd Brost, USAF

Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC) Director
U.S. Air Force

Col. Todd Brost, USAF

Col. Todd M. Brost is the first Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC) Director.  He is responsible for the standup of the center and experimentation on future space defense concepts.

Col. Brost is a 1989 graduate of Purdue University. He is a space operations officer, and has been an Instructor and Operations Officer at the USAF Weapons School, a U.S. Central Command Warplanner, commanded the Space Analysis Squadron at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and served as the 14th Air Force Director of Operations.  Recently Col. Brost deployed to Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Chief of Plans.

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, USAF

Commander, 50th Space Wing
Air Force Space Command

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, USAF

Col. DeAnna M. Burt is the Commander, 50th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. As commander, she is responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide, in support of 175 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion. During her time as the 50th Space Wing Commander, Colonel Burt was selected to serve as the first non-flying Air Expeditionary Wing Commander for Red Flag Exercise 16-3.

Prior to assuming command, Colonel Burt was the Director, Commander’s Action Group, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She was responsible for leading a ten person team preparing Congressional testimony, correspondence, engagements, and high interest briefings on behalf of the four star commander.

Colonel Burt entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her career has included numerous satellite operations and staff positions in Air Force Space Command and U.S. European Command. Colonel Burt has commanded the 2nd Space Operations Squadron and the 460th Operations Group. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.

Tim Deaver

Corporate Vice President, Development
SES Government Solutions

Tim Deaver

Mr. Deaver joined SES Government Solutions in January 2008 and since January 2015 he serves as Corporate Vice President, Development.  In this position, Mr. Deaver leads all SES Government Solutions’ business and product development activities; strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions; and hosted payload programs.  Mr. Deaver led the SES GS team which won the SMC Pathfinder 1 contract for the purchase of near-end of life transponders, the NASA Global-scale Observation of Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload to be launched on SES-14 in 2017 and the FAA’s Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS) payload to be launched on SES-15 also in 2017.

Prior to assuming this position Mr. Deaver was the lead for all U.S. Government programs within SES’s Corporate Development office.  Mr. Deaver also served as the Program manager and eventually the Program Executive for the Commercially Hosted Infra-Red Payload (CHIRP) program which was launched in September 2011 aboard the SES-2 spacecraft.

Prior to joining SES, Mr. Deaver served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force in various space operational, acquisition and policy positions.  

Darrell Durst

Vice President, Advanced Programs Cyber Strategy
Lockheed Martin, Space Systems Company

Darrell Durst

As Vice President, Advanced Programs Cyber Strategy Mr Durst is leading the development of an across lines-of-business cyber strategy that will drive reselience and protection processes, standards and cyber capabilities for platforms and ground systems, developed and deployed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Prior to this role from 2014 to 2016 Mr. Durst served as the Vice President of Operations for the Defense & Intelligence Solutions (D&IS) business within LM Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS).  This business delivered capabilities and services with annual revenue of $3.4B, serving the DoD, Intelligence Community, and numerous International Customers. 

From 2009 to 2014 Mr. Durst was the Vice President of LM Cyber Solutions line of business.  This business supported the intelligence community delivering critical cyber based capabilities with annual revenues growing to over $.5B.

Mr. Durst was a recipent of the Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award and recipent of the National Society of Black Engineers Washington Chapter, Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Mr. Durst holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Howard University.

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Hoover Institution, Annenberg Distinguished Fellow
Chairman, Space Foundation Board of Directors

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California.  Ellis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations from May 2005 to May 2012. Prior to retiring from active duty in July 2004 as a Navy Admiral, he served as Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He has also served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and as Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in Southern Europe. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Navy nuclear power training, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). Admiral Ellis is Chairman of the Board of Level 3 Communications and also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Dominion Resources,  and the Space Foundation.  In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  He holds master's degrees in aerospace engineering and aeronautical systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of West Florida.

Col. Tim Gillespie, USAF

Director, Integrated Intelligence System Program Office, Ground Enterprise Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Col. Tim Gillespie, USAF

Colonel Tim Gillespie is the Director, Integrated Intelligence System Program Office, Ground Enterprise Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  The multi-agency program office is responsible for acquiring and maintaining cloud-hosted software capabilities that apply modern data fusion and discovery techniques to improve the value and impact of overhead Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance data. 

Colonel Gillespie is a career acquisition officer, engineer and space professional.   He has extensive experience across the Air Force’s use of the space domain including space system acquisition, space system operations, and space system test.  Colonel Gillespie was commissioned in 1993 through the United States Air Force Academy.  Finally, Colonel Gillespie is married to Lisa Gillespie and they have two children: Rowan (8) and Conner (6). 

Colonel Gillespie has held the positions of program office director, special interest acquisition program director, deputy program office director, test division chief, chief system engineer, acquisition branch chief, and program manager.

Lt. Col. Maxim Gimelshteyn, USAF

Technical Director, Experiments & Initiatives Division
National Reconnaissance Office

Lt. Col. Maxim Gimelshteyn, USAF

Lt. Col. Maxim Gimelshteyn is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force. He is currently assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office as the Technical Director for the Experiments and Initiatives Division at the Aerospace Data Facility in Colorado.

Lt. Col. Gimelshteyn directs advanced research of over one hundred engineers, technicians, and support staff across multiple government agencies and developers executing a large portfolio of projects with a multi-Million dollar annual budget to rapidly develop and transition IC and DoD leading edge capabilities and technologies from R&D into operations. He has held various positions at Air Force Space Command, Air Force Materiel Command, and Air Combat Command supporting DOD & IC missions within the NRO, NSA, NGA, MDA, NASIC, and associated laboratories.

He holds a Bachelor of Science along with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. His research focused on Radio Frequency - Distinct Native Attribute (RF-DNA) Fingerprinting for Specific Emitter Identification.

Richard Grubb

Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
Office of Emerging Security Challenges

Richard Grubb

Mr. Richard Grubb is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Emerging Security Challenges (ESC) in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) at the U.S. Department of State.  His portfolio includes undersea, space, missile defense, Arctic and Antarctic, and cyber national security issues within the context of the broader strategic national security field. 

Prior to assuming a portfolio in ESC, Richard served in the AVC Front Office as Special Assistants to the Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.  He has also served on rotational assignment at USNATO as a Political Officer, during which time he covered cyber, arms control, and strategic security issues. 

Richard earned a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Duquesne University.

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

Kristina Harrington is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and the Director of the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia. As SIGINT Director, she leads a joint team responsible for the design, development, and acquisition of United States Signals Intelligence Space Systems for the Intelligence Community, military services, and allied partners. Ms. Harrington has supported several NRO programs over 20 years including support to multiple architecture studies that determined the SIGINT path. In 2006, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency assigned to the Directorate of Science and Technology, with duty in the NRO SIGINT Directorate, Low Earth Orbit SPO (LSPO), serving as the Deputy Director, Systems Engineering LSPO. In 2007, as part of the NRO larger transformation, she stood up and directed the new LSPO Missions Department. This role included responsibility for all payload hardware, mission analysis, payload software development, and mission engineering in support of future and ongoing initiatives. In 2009, she became the Deputy Director of the LSPO where her responsibilities were program management of the acquisition and development of a state-of-the-art satellite collection system to include technical, operations, budget, schedule, and personnel. In 2010, she joined the Air Force as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader to take the role of the Chief Scientist Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition National Reconnaissance Office where her responsibilities included leading Intelligence Community and Department of Defense studies on satellite based signals intelligence architectures for 2020 and beyond. In 2012, Ms. Harrington was assigned as Director of the Systems Engineering Directorate, NRO, where her role was to lead the requirements, interfaces, and schedule development for the NRO future architecture to ensure that the new integrated system would accomplish mission needs.

David Luber

Director
NSA/CSS Colorado (NSAC)

Phil Mar

Chief Technical Officer Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Group
ViaSat

Phil Mar

Phil Mar is Chief Technical Officer for the Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Group at ViaSat.

Mr. Mar is responsible for managing new security technology development and cyber strategy for all of ViaSat, as well as overseeing overall information assurance and cybersecurity for many of the company’s satellite systems.

He has been with ViaSat for more than 24 years. As an expert on both systems architecture and security design, he has led the design of a variety of satellite and wireless communications systems, and secure network systems. He was first technical director for cybersecurity before taking his current role.

Mr. Mar has a BSEE and MSEE specialized in secure communications.

John M. (Mike) McConnell

Senior Executive Advisor
Booz Allen Hamilton

John M. (Mike) McConnell

Mike McConnell is a retired Vice Admiral, USN and former Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton where he served on the firm’s Leadership Team and led the firm’s intelligence and cyber security business. After retiring from the US Navy in 1996, Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen, to lead development of the firm’s Information Assurance and Intelligence business focused on policy, operations, transformation, homeland security, intelligence analytics and counter-terrorism.

Upon being asked by President George W. Bush in 2007 to become the second US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), he left Booz Allen and served as the DNI, a position of cabinet rank, and a member of the White House National Security Council for two years under Presidents Bush and Obama. As the DNI he managed the expansive national Intelligence Community – an organization of over 100,000 people, and an annual budget of over $50B. During this time, he had extensive interactions with the White House, the President’s Cabinet, Congress, international leaders, and the US business community.  In 2009, Mr. McConnell returned to Booz Allen as an executive vice president to lead the firm’s Intelligence business.  In 2011 he was elevated to the position of Vice Chairman of the firm.

Mr. McConnell’s career has spanned over 50 years focused on international and foreign intelligence issues. His 29-year career as a US Navy intelligence officer included significant assignments that impacted national security.  During Operation Desert Storm and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, Mr. McConnell served as the Intelligence Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, and the Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) under Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. As DIRNSA, he led the agency during a critical period as it adapted to the multi-polar threats brought about by the end of the Cold War, providing global intelligence and information security services to the White House, Cabinet officials, Congress, and a broad array of military and civil intelligence agencies.

Mr. McConnell interest since his service as Director of NSA in 1992-96, has been to improve the cyber security posture of businesses and government agencies around the globe to better protect them from hackers, criminals, terrorists and nation states focused on economic espionage or destruction of vital data. He was successful during his time serving as the DNI to get two U.S. Presidents and the U.S. Congress to invest substantially, at the multi-Billion Dollar level, to improve cyber security standards for the US.

Since his retirement from Booz Allen in 2014, Mr. McConnell has served on the Board of Directors or Advisors to a number of start-up companies to develop new technology and capabilities for improved cybersecurity posture. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors to Florida’s state-wide Academic Cyber Security Center of Excellence based at the University of South Florida in Tampa and he currently serves on the US based Board of Directors of Nokia for US based business operations.

In addition to having been awarded many of the nation's highest military awards for meritorious service, Mr. McConnell has twice received the nation's highest award for service in the US Intelligence Community, once from President Clinton and once from President George W. Bush. He has also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). He is the 2011 recipient of INSA’s William Oliver Baker Award, which is awarded annually for sustained and excellent service in intelligence and national security.

Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom), the National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence), and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Furman University. In addition to being a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. McConnell has also been awarded three Honorary Doctorate degrees – the most recent from George Washington University in 2008.

Scott McCulloch

Trial Attorney, National Security Division, Counterespionage Section
Department of Justice

Lou Poehlman

Technical Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Lou Poehlman

Mr. Lou Poehlman, a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader, is the Technical Director for the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia.  In this role he is responsible for guiding SIGINT space systems acquisitions and technology investments to meet future national security and intelligence needs; ultimately driving improved mission performance through innovations in technology, concept development, and procurement strategies. He has served in the NRO since 1983 in numerous programs and roles.  He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy (B.S. in Engineering Sciences and Astronautical Engineering) and Northeastern University (M.S. Electrical Engineering).

Col. Christopher S. Povak, USAF

Commander, Aerospace Data Facility Colorado (ADF-C)
Buckley Air Force Base

Col. Christopher S. Povak, USAF

Colonel Christopher S. Povak is the Commander, Aerospace Data Facility Colorado (ADF-C), Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.  The ADF-C is a multi-mission ground station responsible for supporting worldwide defense operations and multi-agency collection, analysis, reporting and dissemination of intelligence information.

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. Gen. Raymond oversees Air Force network operations, manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities, and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 38,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.  Gen. Raymond also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

Gen. Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He has commanded the 5th SpaceSurveillance Squadron at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colorado, 14th Air Force, United States Strategic Command, Joint Functional Component Command for Space. He deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The general's staff assignments include Headquarters AirForce Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, the AirStaff and the Office of Secretary of Defense.

Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Ed Rios

Chief Executive Officer
National Cybersecurity Center

Ed Rios

Mr. Rios is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with 26 years of active duty experience in Special Technical Operations (STO), space operations, intelligence operations, special mission sea duty, and flight operations with three combat deployments. He is a former DoD Joint Specialty Officer (JSO) with previous assignments including the Office of the Secretary of Defense; U.S. European Command; and U.S. Embassy-Belgrade, Serbia.

Mr. Rios’ formal education includes a Master’s Degree in Business, graduate work at George Washington University and Harvard University, and a Fellowship at MIT where he is a published author. He holds a patent for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drone design to support both space and cyber operations.

Mr. Rios is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC). In addition, he is a Director on three non-profit Boards.

Holly Rollins

Principal
Booz Allen Hamilton

Holly Rollins

Holly Rollins, a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, has more than 26 years of professional experience in cyber, business case analysis, analysis of alternatives, capital planning, Exhibit 300s, risk assessment, information assurance, infrastructure financing investment strategies, and IT business strategy.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. in Finance, as well as her Certificate of International Business and CISSP training.

In her 23 years at Booz Allen, Holly has championed Mentoring Circles, Senior Women’s Roundtable events, New and Expectant Mothers workshops and Senior Associate pipeline management.  Ms. Rollins co-leads Booz Allen’s Air Force Cyber team and co-authored NIST Special Publication 800-65 Integrating IT Security into Capital Planning and Investment Control.  She has engaged with the Community Philanthropy and Partnership, Workforce Leadership Council as the WLC advisor, Professional Development Team advisor and Women’s Forum advisor. Holly was the 2016 Society of Women Engineers Prism award winner and is presently on the leadership advisory team of the Society of Women Engineers within the firm.  She also serves as Booz Allen’s Denver Site Lead.

Holly lives in beautiful Monument, Colorado with her husband, and two children, Matthew 14 and Christy 12.

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

Vice Chairman
Space Foundation

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

General Shelton retired as Commander, Air Force Space Command, in September 2014. During his career, he commanded space operations units at every level and held staff positions in a wide range of Air Force and Department of Defense organizations. In his final assignment, he led a team of over 40,000 at Air Force Space Command to provide space and cyberspace operational forces as well as acquisition of space systems. In this role, he was responsible for a budget of over $10 billion. During his career, General Shelton was a Space Shuttle controller for the first 18 missions, commander of Global Positioning System operations during the initial deployment of the constellation, and commander of the largest ballistic missile wing. He also commanded all Department of Defense space operations during internationally significant events such as the Chinese anti-satellite test and the North Korean Taepo Dong launch. He served as the CIO of the Air Force and the director of the Air Force headquarters staff during one of the most turbulent periods in the Air Force’s history. General Shelton earned a bachelor of science degree in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, a master of science degree in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a master of science degree in national security studies from the National War College. 

Steven A. Smith

Vice President and General Manager Systems Engineering Solutions
Ball Aerospace

Steven A. Smith

As Vice President and General Manager of the Systems Engineering Solutions strategic business unit, Steve is responsible for all aspects of nationwide operations and contract performance. Steve joined Ball in 2011 as Director of Space Control and Special Missions, as part of the company’s Washington Operations. He transitioned to become Director of Military Space for the National Defense strategic business unit in 2012.

In 2015, Steve became Director of Programs for the Systems Engineering Solutions strategic business unit, where he led programs executing on Ball's long history of work for the US Air Force, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and other customers, protecting space and airborne systems from cyber physical system threats. Ball has a rich heritage in developing systems and software, and our highly talented specialists analyze intelligence data and create actionable products for the warfighter and decision makers.

Steve retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2011, after serving 24 years in a variety of space and intelligence-related assignments. From 2009 until his retirement, Steve was Commander of the Advanced Capabilities Group at the Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC/SY), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

Steve holds a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech. His awards include the Collaborative Leadership Award from the Director of National Intelligence, the Superior Service Medal from the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Air Force.

Maj Gen Christopher P. Weggeman, USAF

Commander, 24th Air Force
U.S. Air Force

Maj Gen Christopher P. Weggeman, USAF

Major General Christopher P. Weggeman is the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber (AFCYBER), Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas.  General Weggeman is responsible for providing Air Force Component and Combatant Commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan, direct and execute global cyberspace operations.  Twenty-fourth Air Force and AFCYBER personnel build, operate, secure, defend and extend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network.  Joint Force Headquarters–Cyber (AFCYBER) personnel perform operational planning as part of coordinated efforts supporting Air Force Component and Combatant Commanders and, upon the approval of the President and/or the Secretary of Defense, the execution of offensive cyberspace operations.  The general leads the activities of two cyberspace wings and the 624th Operations Center, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group.

General Weggeman is a 1987 graduate of Purdue University, where he was commissioned through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps as a distinguished graduate.  Prior to this assignment, General Weggeman was the Director, Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Cyber Command at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.  He is a combat-proven F-16 pilot who has commanded at the squadron, group and wing level.

Jaisha Wray

Acting Deputy Director, Office of Emerging Security Challenges
Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

Jaisha Wray

Jaisha Wray is the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Emerging Security Challenges in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the State Department.  She was previously a Political Officer at U.S. Embassy London where she was the lead officer on cyber, space, and nuclear policy.  As a Presidential Management Fellow from 2006 until 2008, she completed rotations in the Space Policy Directorate of the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as in the National Reconnaissance Office.  Following her fellowship, she served as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the State Department’s Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy for five years.  Ms. Wray received a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and with minors in Spanish and public policy.  In 2008, she completed International Space University’s Space Summer Program in Barcelona, Spain. 

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Marc J. Berkowitz

Director Strategic Planning
Lockheed Martin

Marc J. Berkowitz

Marc Berkowitz leads the development of strategies, plans, and advanced concepts for space mission solutions as Vice President for Space Security at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company.   In this capacity, he chairs Lockheed Martin’s Space Security Executive Committee and coordinates strategy and investments pertaining to space intelligence, space domain awareness, space battle management, command, and control, space mission assurance and resilience, and space defense. 

Mr. Berkowitz previously served as a career senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for leading the analysis, formulation, coordination, and oversight of U.S. Government and Department of Defense policy guidance for the conduct of national security space programs and activities.   He also has worked at National Security Research, Inc., SRI International, the U.S. Congressional Research Service, and the U.S. Department of State.  In addition, Mr. Berkowitz has served as a consultant to the U.S. Defense Department and Intelligence Community since departing federal service.   

Mr. Berkowitz was awarded the Defense Department’s highest civilian award, the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, twice.  His other awards include the National Reconnaissance Office’s Medal for Distinguished Service, National Imagery and Mapping Agency’s Medal for Distinguished Service, Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive, Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, OSD Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the OSD Award for Excellence.  In addition, he received the National Space Club’s Historical Essay Award, Lockheed Martin’s Washington Award, and Lockheed Martin’s Government Affairs Award. 

Mr. Berkowitz received a Bachelors of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University.   He has authored numerous publications on national security, defense, space, and cyber policy and strategy.

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman
Oklahoma's First District

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman Jim Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Environment Subcommittee. 

Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.  It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrierarrested landings.  While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN. 

After leaving active duty, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Bridenstine’s background includes a triple major at Rice University, a MBA from Cornell University, 9 years active duty in the United States Navy, and business experience in real estate, ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting.

Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2010 flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs and most recently transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where he will fly with an MC-12 squadron stationed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, USAF

Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command
Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, USAF

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck is Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  As the U.S. Air Force's operational space component to USSTRATCOM, Buck leads more than 19,500 personnel responsible for providing missile warning, space superiority, space situational awareness, satellite operations, space launch and range operations.  As Commander, he directs all assigned and attached USSTRATCOM space forces providing tailored, responsive, local and global space effects in support of national, USSTRATCOM and combatant commander objectives. His career spans a wide variety of command, operations, test and evaluation, and staff assignments. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. His operational experience includes missile operations, space launch and range operations, satellite command and control, space force enhancement, and space control.  Buck served on The Joint Staff as principal military advisor to The Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff for Coalition Management. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Masters of Business degree in Administration, a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies, a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, and he is a Distinguished Graduate from the Squadron Officer School.

Skot Butler

President
Intelsat General Corporation

Skot Butler

Skot Butler is President of Intelsat General Corporation, the US & Allied Government-focused subsidiary of Intelsat, the world’s largest commercial communications satellite owner-operator. He is responsible for ensuring that the company’s customers receive resilient and secure solutions and employees remain vigilant and focused on the user mission.

Skot has played key leadership roles in the company for over ten years, most recently as Vice President of Satellite Networks and Space Services. Previously he led the company’s corporate strategy and business development efforts--ranging innovative satellite-based services to hosted payloads. In 2009, Skot was instrumental in securing the premier commercially hosted government payload. The contract is with the Australian Defence Force for a UHF payload on Intelsat 22, which launched in 2012. The Australian Defense Minister then estimated the 15 year program achieves savings of $150M over a dedicated system.

Mr. Butler has been a leading proponent for the inclusion of commercial satellite capabilities as a foundational element of the U.S. government’s future space architecture to help ensure assured access to the latest in affordable satellite technologies, while meeting mission assurance requirements.  

For the decade prior to joining Intelsat General, Mr. Butler led strategy and business development at DRS Spacelink’s satellite services business line and for Verestar where he was a founding member of the company’s government services unit.

Mr. Butler holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently serves on the Board of the Future Space Leaders Foundation and volunteers at Boulder Crest which offers wounded warriors and their families a comfortable retreat during recovery from injuries sustained in service.

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Director of Plans and Policy
U.S. Strategic Command

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is the Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988 after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. Crosier has a broad range of experience in ICBM and space operations, including a deployment to the Middle East as the USCENTCOM, Director of Space Forces. He has served in staff assignments in the U.S. Senate, Secretary of the Air Force's Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, and Air Force Global Strike Command. His operational commands include the 2nd Space Launch Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif; 50th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colo; and the 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo. Prior to his current assignment, Crosier served as the Deputy Director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.

John Daegele

Vice President, Advanced Mission Programs and Mission 1
Northrop Grumman

John Daegele

John F. Daegele is vice president and program director of Advanced Mission Programs and vice president of Mission 1 for Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. In this role, Daegele is responsible for the management, development and deployment of major national systems with multiple deliverables. He is also lead executive responsible to identify and capture critical new business in Mission 1 system enhancements, adjacent opportunities and adjunct capabilities.

Most recently, Daegele was vice president and deputy program director of Advanced Mission Programs. Previously, Daegele was vice president of Aerospace Engineering for the Space Systems Division, responsible for managing and deploying competitively discriminating engineering and technical people, processes, products, tools and test resources for all Aerospace Systems space programs and new business. Prior to that position, Daegele served as vice president of System Engineering, Integration & Test for Aerospace Systems and the former Space Technology sector, responsible for system engineering, integration, test and launch, ground systems and program planning processes and products for programs and new business. Earlier, Daegele was sector vice president of Production & Supply Chain for the Space Technology sector, responsible for electronic and mechanical manufacturing and assembly, system integration and test, material procurement and ground systems efforts across all programs and business and technology development initiatives. He also served as vice president and program manager of the Advanced EHF program. In November 2002, Daegele was named vice president and director of System Engineering for Space Technology. 

Prior assignments include vice president of Science and Technology for TRW Inc. (prior to Northrop Grumman’s acquisition of TRW in 2002), director of indium phosphide programs of the TRW Ventures organization and program management positions in commercial broadband satellite communications ventures. Daegele joined TRW in 1983 and held positions with increasing responsibility in system engineering/integration on commercial and national security space programs.

Daegele earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program in Management from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. He serves on multiple boards of directors, including the California Chamber of Commerce and the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, and served on the California Lt. Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Committee.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Denker, USAF

Deputy Director
National Reconnaissance Office

Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Denker, USAF

Major General Stephen T. Denker is the Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Chantilly, Va. His responsibilities include assisting the Director and Principal Deputy Director in managing the strategic and tactical operations of the NRO. Also, as the Commander, Air Force Element, he manages all Air Force personnel and resources assigned to the NRO and serves as the senior adviser to the NRO Director on all military matters.

General Denker entered the Air Force in 1986 after graduating from the University of Minnesota and receiving a commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program.  He began his career as a spacecraft engineer at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, followed by acquisition assignments with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, now known as the Missile Defense Agency, and the Special Programs organization at the Pentagon.  General Denker’s operations experience includes developmental test and evaluation activities and specialized operations on a variety of space and ground systems.  He has commanded at the Squadron, Group and Wing level and has served as executive officer, deputy division chief on the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) staff and 
served as the Commandant, Air Command and Staff College and Vice Commander, Spaatz Center for Officer Education, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Lisa S. Disbrow

Acting Secretary
U.S. Air Force

Lisa S. Disbrow

Lisa S. Disbrow is the Acting Secretary of the Air Force. She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of approximately 660,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families, world-wide. She oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of over $132 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise. As the Head of the Department of the Air Force, Ms. Disbrow is responsible for implementing decisions of the President and Congress, and for fulfilling Combatant Commanders’ current and future operational requirements.

Ms. Disbrow was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 1985 following her graduation from the University of Virginia and served on active duty until 1992. Her assignments included intelligence alert officer, Africa/Middle East military political analyst, and chief of electronic intelligence analysis. She deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch and was selected for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Advanced Language and Area Studies program.

After Desert Storm, Ms. Disbrow transitioned to the Air Force Reserve, and accepted a civilian position as a senior systems engineer for the National Reconnaissance Office. In that capacity, she helped develop programs and requirements to improve national intelligence support to tactical users, including operational and analytical systems.

From 1995-2014, Ms. Disbrow held a variety of positions on the Joint Staff as a senior civilian, including the Joint Staff Vice Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment. She was responsible for developing joint warfighting requirements, advising on force assignment to combatant commanders, conducting force structure and warfighting studies, and evaluating defense plans, programs and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. Additionally, she supported the vice chairman in his role as Chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council.

While assigned to the Joint Staff, from 2006-2007 Ms. Disbrow was detailed to the President’s National Security Advisor as the Special Advisor for Policy Implementation and Execution at the White House. She assisted in planning and implementing the National Security Strategy and advised the White House on issues across the Federal government.

Her twenty-three years of uniformed service culminated in 2008 when she retired as a Colonel from the Air Force Reserve while serving as Special Assistant to the Director of Programs, Headquarters Air Force, having previously served as an individual mobilization augmentee intelligence operations officer in “Checkmate” and as an operations staff officer for strategy and concepts with the “Skunks.”

In 2014, Ms. Disbrow was confirmed by the Senate as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, the principal senior official on all financial matters. She was responsible for financial policy, management, execution of an annual budget of over $130 billion, workforce development for over 10,000 financial managers world-wide, and providing analytic support services. She directed the development of the five-year programming plan, prepared for the first congressionally-mandated audit, oversaw the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency and led accounting and financial operations.

Prior to assuming the duties of Acting Secretary, Ms. Disbrow served as the Under Secretary of the Air Force. By law, she was also the Chief Management Officer of the Air Force, responsible for the efficient and effective management of Air Force resources. As Under Secretary, she performed duties in absence of the Secretary of the Air Force, and co-chaired the corporate decision making body, the Air Force Council. She represented the Air Force on the Department of Defense’s top corporate board, the Deputy’s Management Action Group.

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Hoover Institution, Annenberg Distinguished Fellow
Chairman, Space Foundation Board of Directors

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California.  Ellis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations from May 2005 to May 2012. Prior to retiring from active duty in July 2004 as a Navy Admiral, he served as Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He has also served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and as Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in Southern Europe. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Navy nuclear power training, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). Admiral Ellis is Chairman of the Board of Level 3 Communications and also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Dominion Resources,  and the Space Foundation.  In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  He holds master's degrees in aerospace engineering and aeronautical systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of West Florida.

William Gattle

President, Space and Intelligence Systems
Harris

William Gattle

William (Bill) Gattle is president of Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems segment. In this role, he has primary responsibility for the business strategy, financial performance, and successful execution of all programs within Space and Intelligence. This segment offers complete earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing and information analytics.

Prior to being named to his current position, Gattle was vice president and general manager of Harris’ National Systems business unit, which focused on the U.S. intelligence community and the worldwide space market, providing end-to-end mission solutions for intelligence collection, analysis, and distribution, as well as enabling technologies for space.

Previously, he served as vice president of Aerospace Systems, which encompassed space-based payloads, electronics, and structures for commercial and government markets, including military avionics and electronics, as well as programs of record for strategic and tactical terminals and networks. Before that, he was vice president of Space Communication Systems, which provided key enabling payload and precision structures capability to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, commercial enterprises, and the intelligence community. Under his leadership, the Space business revenue grew 30 percent per year. Previously, he held positions as the program director of the Commercial Reflector Enterprise and Mobile Satellite Ventures (Lightsquared) reflector program, program director of DoD Terrestrial Communications, and director of Engineering for Defense Programs. Gattle holds a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. In addition, he is a graduate of the Harris Leadership Directions program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Gattle is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Space Florida Aviation and Aerospace Task Force, and the Space Supplier Council (SSC). He is a board member of the UF Dean’s Advisory Board, Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Serene Harbor. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Florida.

Jeffrey D. Grant

Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jeffrey D. Grant

Jeffrey D. Grant is sector vice president and general manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.
In this role, Grant leads the division which provides space solutions for civil, military and restricted customers.

Prior to this appointment, Grant was vice president of National Systems for Space Systems. His primary responsibilities were the acquisition and execution of all space programs for restricted customers, which includes the design, build, launch and operations of major systems. He also was responsible for new business with these customers as well as the evolution of existing systems, including capabilities enhancements and technology insertion.
Grant also served previously as the vice president of Business Development at Northrop Grumman’s former Space Technology sector. In that role, he led the business development function, overseeing Space Technology’s strategy formulation, program development, marketing and discretionary investment.

Grant joined Northrop Grumman via the acquisition of TRW in December 2002. Prior to his joining TRW in February 2002, he held a variety of government and private sector positions. Most recently, he was vice president and chief technical officer for Astrolink International, LLC. Astrolink was an international joint venture to develop and operate a global, broadband telecommunications satellite system.
Before joining the private sector, Grant served for 21 years at the United States Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence. In his most recent assignment at the NRO, he served as director, Office of Plans and Analysis. During his 18 years at the NRO, Grant also served as a program director for a satellite, launch and ground segment development. In addition, he was the chief systems engineer on two space intelligence collection projects involving spacecraft in both geosynchronous and low earth orbits. Grant also led an advanced technology division to develop and test advanced imagery, communication and data processing technologies.

Grant received a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the CIA’s Engineer of the Year, the Intelligence Certificate of Distinction and the CIA Certificate of Distinction. Grant currently serves on the board of directors for the Space Foundation.

Dr. David Hardy

Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (Space)
U.S. Air Force

Dr. David Hardy

Dr. David A. Hardy, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Associate Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space, and the Deputy Director, Principal DoD Space Advisor Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  In this role, he is responsible for integrating and overseeing all DoD space capabilities and activities, coordinating with the Intelligence Community, and providing support to the Secretary of Defense on space portfolio decisions.  Additionally, as Associate Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space, he provides the principal support to the Under Secretary’s role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the Air Force space enterprise. 

Dr. Hardy entered the Air Force as a first lieutenant in 1976, receiving his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Duke University, Durham, N.C. He began his civilian career at Hanscom AFB, Mass. Before joining the Directed Energy Directorate, Dr. Hardy served as the Associate Director for Space Technology at AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate also located at Kirtland AFB. In this position, he had oversight of AFRL's space science and technology investments and managed the directorate's science and technology portfolio. Dr. Hardy also worked as the AFRL senior space experimentalist and Chief, Battlespace Environment Division, where he administered all research within the Air Force to specify and predict the nature of the space environment. He also served as an adviser on space science and technology to the Air Force Space Command, the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and other organizations. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2006. 

Most recently, Dr. Hardy served as Director, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., where he led the Air Force's center of expertise for directed energy technology, developing and transitioning research technologies into military systems and was responsible for more than 800 military and civilian scientists, engineers, contractors, and support people and an annual budget exceeding $300 million. 

Dr. Hardy has published more than 125 papers in national and international journals, and has been directly responsible for the development and flight of more than 35 scientific and operational space flight systems.

Gary Henry

Director of Space Systems
Boeing Phantom Works

Gary Henry

Gary Henry is the Director of Space Systems, Phantom Works. Mr. Henry leads a team that develops next-generation advanced mission capabilities for the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. His responsibilities include transitioning research and development programs into operational prototypes and objectives capabilities for both terrestrial and space applications.  

Mr. Henry joined Boeing in October 2011 after retiring from 27 years of active duty service with the United States Air Force. Prior to his current position, he served as the Commander, Launch and and Range Systems Wing, responsible for the execution and operation of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle and Launch & Test Range programs for the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center.

Mr. Henry entered the Air Force in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served as an Air Force science and technology officer, assistant professor of astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy, flight test engineer and flight dynamics branch chief within the 418th Flight Test Squadron, and executive officer to the commander, Air Force Flight Test Center. His acquisition career began as chief of the air vehicle and test IPT, Airborne Laser (ABL) System Program Office, and subsequently as the ABL program element monitor at Headquarters Air Force. Prior to his retirement from active duty, he has commanded at the squadron (1st Air and Space Test Squadron, Vandenberg AFB), group (Space Situation Awareness Group, Los Angeles AFB), and wing level.

Mr. Henry earned a Master of Science degree in aero/astro engineering from Stanford University, a Master of Arts degree in strategic studies from Air War College, and a Bachelor of Science in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is also a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. He has authored numerous technical papers as well as a space propulsion textbook. Mr. Henry is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an active member of its Space Transportation Technical Committee.

John Hill

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy
U.S. Department of Defense

John Hill

Mr. John D. Hill became the Principal Director for Space Policy in November 2013, and is currently the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, with responsibilities for formulating and coordinating space-related national security and defense policies and strategies, including for the conduct of international space cooperation.

A member of the career Senior Executive Service since 2007, Mr. Hill has fulfilled a wide variety of assignments in the Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to his current assignment, he served as DoD’s representative in negotiations with Afghanistan on the Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement that enables a continuing presence of United States forces. Mr. Hill has held two prior Principal Director positions in DoD, overseeing defense policies and programs regarding Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia from 2010-2012, and holding similar responsibilities regarding the East Asia region from 2006-2010. 

In previous assignments as the Director for Northeast Asia and as the Senior Country Director for Japan, Mr. Hill led DoD’s management of U.S. alliance relationships with Japan and the Republic of Korea and oversaw security policies regarding the Korean Peninsula. 

Mr. Hill’s career includes extensive experience across a wide range of international negotiations encompassing defense posture, status of forces, nuclear non-proliferation, defense industrial collaboration, international trade, and host nation support agreements. His early career highlights included roles in developing the longstanding U.S. policy on offsets in military exports and development and implementation of the Gulf War program under which coalition partners contributed $53 billion to defray U.S. costs.

As a member of the inaugural class of Mansfield Fellows, Mr. Hill served assignments on detail to the Japan Defense Agency, the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren), and Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Mr. Hill joined DoD through selection to the Presidential Management Internship Program, serving assignments with the Army Security Assistance Command, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Hill received his Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at UCLA. He and his wife Lynn live in Fairfax, Virginia. They have three grown daughters.

Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, USAF

Commander
Air Combat Command

Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, USAF

Gen. James M. "Mike" Holmes is the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.  As the commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. The command operates more than 1,300 aircraft, 34 wings, 19 bases, and more than 70 operating locations worldwide with 94,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. When mobilized, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve contribute more than 700 aircraft and 49,000 people to ACC. As the Combat Air Forces lead agent, ACC develops strategy, doctrine, concepts, tactics, and procedures for air- and space-power employment. The command provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. The command can also be called upon to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance and crisis response capabilities.

General Holmes entered the Air Force through Officer Training School in 1981 after receiving a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has commanded the 27th Fighter Squadron, the 14th Operations Group, the 4th Fighter Wing and the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. He has served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on headquarters staffs of the United States Air Force, U.S. European Command and Pacific Air Forces. Prior to his current position, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours, including more than 500 combat hours in the F15A/B/C/D/E, and has also flown the T-38, T-37 and T-1A.

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
USSTRATCOM

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Gen. John E. Hyten is Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of nine Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. USSTRATCOM is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives, providing a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense. General Hyten attended Harvard University on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in engineering and applied sciences and was commissioned a second lieutenant. General Hyten's career includes assignments in a variety of space acquisition and operations positions. He served in senior engineering positions on both Air Force and Army anti-satellite weapon system programs. The general's staff assignments include tours with the Air Force Secretariat, the Air Staff, the Joint Staff and the Commander's Action Group at Headquarters Air Force Space Command as Director. He served as mission director in Cheyenne Mountain and was the last active-duty commander of the 6th Space Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. In 2006, he deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. General Hyten commanded the 595th Space Group and the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB, Colo. Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, he served as the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command.

The Honorable Steven Isakowitz

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Aerospace Corporation

The Honorable Steven Isakowitz

The Honorable Steven J. Isakowitz is president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security and civil space programs. The Aerospace Corporation has more than 3,600 employees and annual revenues of $951 million. Isakowitz is a recognized leader across the govern- ment, private, space, and technology sectors, having served in prominent roles at Virgin Galactic, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Isakowitz served as chief technology officer of Virgin Galactic from 2011 to 2013, and as its president from 2013 to 2016. At Virgin Galactic, his responsibilities included the development of privately funded launch systems, human spaceflight vehicles, advanced technologies, and other new space applications. Prior to Virgin Galactic, Isakowitz served as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he supported basic scientific research and advanced energy technologies in the national security and civil sectors, while managing a budget of nearly $30 billion.  Isakowitz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Michael J. Johnston

Senior Director
Booz Allen Hamilton

Michael J. Johnston

Michael Johnston, a Senior Director with Booz Allen Hamilton, is the Booz Allen Senior Manager for the Colorado Springs location. Mr. Johnston is a senior leader for the firm’s Air Force space business and the firm’s Systems Engineering and Integration business. Mr. Johnston leads teams in delivery of solutions to customer requirements and mission challenges related to space and ground systems.  Mr. Johnston brings together the firms diverse Subject Matter Expertise to solve complex client challenges at all stages of a systems life-cycle.

Mr. Johnston has over 28 years of hands on and management experience in a variety of Systems Engineering focused areas including: Studies and Analysis, Rapid Prototyping, Systems Engineering Planning, Requirements Management, Operation support, Architecture development and Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Software Development, Test and Evaluation, and general consulting.  His specialties encompass in-depth experience in space control, satellite communications, terrestrial wireless communication protocols, capabilities based architecture analysis, and aircraft performance. Mr. Johnston also served as a key liaison between the development and operational communities in the fielding of large scale systems. His background includes Space (Iridium, AFSCN, LTRS, MILSATCOM, TSAT, Space Control), aircraft flight testing (C17, MD90, C17, T45, F15), NASA (Space Shuttle operations, Constellation), missile defense (ICBM sustainment, Nuclear Weapons Center) and telecommunications (TDMA, GSM).

Mr. Johnston Michael grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He received his Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University. He received a Masters from the George Washington School of Business. Additionally, he is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through the International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE). Michael is an avid skier, hiker, and mountain-biker. He has been married to Martha Johnston for 25 years and together they have 3 children.

Henry A. "Trey" Obering, III

Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Henry A. "Trey" Obering, III

Trey Obering is a Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President based in McLean, Virginia. He works with clients in the Directed Energy area across the DoD and Intelligence communities. An expert in acquisition and program management, he also works with clients in the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Space Command, and Missile Defense markets.  He leads the Acquisition Program Management and Logistics Functional Community which develops and improves the skills of the hundreds of acquisition and logistics professionals across the firm.  Based on his experience, he has led two National Academy of Sciences committees sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) to help the Air Force improve the management of their programs.  Prior to joining Booz Allen, he led a comprehensive review of the National Reconnaissance Office for the Director, National Intelligence, which provided a new charter for that organization.

Mr. Obering retired from the US Air Force as a Lieutenant General with more than 35 years of e­­xperience in space and defense systems development, integration, and operations. He served as Director of the 8,500-person Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He was the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Executive for the nation’s $10 billion per year missile defense portfolio. In addition, he served as the program manager for the Ballistic Missile Defense System.  Prior to his assignment at MDA, he planned and programmed 68 joint, Air Force and international programs with a $28 billion budget as Mission Area Director for Information Dominance on the Air Staff.

Mr. Obering entered the Air Force in 1973 after completing the University of Notre Dame's ROTC program as a distinguished graduate. He received his pilot wings in 1975 and flew operational assignments in the F-4E.  Later, he was assigned to the Space Shuttle program and participated in 15 space shuttle launches as a NASA orbiter project engineer and was responsible for integrating firing room launch operations. Other assignments include tours with the Air Force Inspector General, the Defense Mapping Agency, and Electronic Systems Center.

Mr. Obering has twice earned the DoD’s highest non-combat award, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for leadership.  In 2008, he received the prestigious University of Notre Dame Rev. William Corby Award recognizing alumni who have led a distinguished military career.  He was honored by the National Defense Industrial Association’s Missile Defense Division with the 2011 Kadish Award for Acquisition Excellence.  

He received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame University and an M.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. Gen. Raymond oversees Air Force network operations, manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities, and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 38,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.  Gen. Raymond also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

Gen. Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He has commanded the 5th SpaceSurveillance Squadron at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colorado, 14th Air Force, United States Strategic Command, Joint Functional Component Command for Space. He deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The general's staff assignments include Headquarters AirForce Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, the AirStaff and the Office of Secretary of Defense.

Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Peter B. Trainer

Vice President and Air Force Operations Manager
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Peter B. Trainer

Pete Trainer is the Vice President and Operations Manager for Air Force Operations of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  His responsibilities encompass business development, profit and loss, and the strategic direction of a $210M per annum business unit of 400 national security professionals at over 18 locations worldwide.  The key areas of expertise of the operation include Space Operations, Enterprise IT, Airborne ISR, intelligence, force protection, cyber, training and logistics.  Formerly, he led Scitor’s Defense Services Sector, which served major DoD, Unified Commands, Army and Air Force clients, as well as the National Services Sector, which supported the National Security Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 

Pete served in a variety of space and intelligence assignments during his 30 years of service in the Air Force on active duty and in the Reserve.  He began his career as a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Satellite System Controller at Offutt AFB, NE.  He later served as the Chief of Satellite Operations at the DMSP System Program Office, Los Angeles, AFB, CA.  After a tour as a Commander of the Space Surveillance Center and Deputy Space Control Director at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, he became Chief of the Space Surveillance Section at the former US Space Command.  Transitioning to the reserve, Mr. Trainer served as a Joint Tactical Operations Officer as well as part of the cadre (Crew Commander) that stood up the nation’s Joint Blue Force Situational Awareness Mission Management Center in response to the events of September 11, 2001.  From 2004 to 2009, he served on the USAF’s Legislative Liaison staff in Washington, DC, advocating for military space, intelligence, and missile program to Congress.  He culminated his career in the rank of Colonel as the Senior Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  In this capacity, he was a member of the Senior Board of the NRO and led a Reserve Force of 60 IMA’s.

In 2010, he was appointed by the Governor of Virginia as a trustee of the Commonwealth’s Veterans Services Foundation where he served as the 1st Vice Chairman.  He is a member of the Board of Directors (Past President) of the National Space Club and the Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Pete is affiliated with several professional groups including the Space Foundation, Air Force Association, and the Reserve Officers Association.  His significant military and intelligence honors include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the NRO Silver Medal for Distinguished Service. 

Pete graduated from the Citadel in 1982 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.  He has done master’s degree work at Central Michigan University and is a graduate of the Air War College. 

SAIC is a premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC is Redefining Ingenuity through its deep customer and domain knowledge to enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects. SAIC’s approximately 15,000 employees are driven by integrity and mission focus to serve customers in the U.S. federal government. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $4.3 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. 

Robert O. Work

Deputy Secretary of Defense

Robert O. Work

Robert O. Work was confirmed as the 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense on April 30, 2014.

Mr. Work most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Work served as the Undersecretary of the Navy.  In this capacity, he was the Deputy and Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and acted with full authority of the Secretary in the day-to-day management of the Department of the Navy.

In 2008, Mr. Work served on President-elect Barack Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team as leader of the Department of the Navy issues team.  He also worked on the defense policy, acquisition, and budget teams.

In 2002, Mr. Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as the Senior Fellow for Maritime Affairs, and later as the Vice President for Strategic Studies. In these positions, he focused on defense strategy and programs, revolutions in war, Department of Defense transformation, and maritime affairs.

Mr. Work was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces.

Mr. Work was a distinguished graduate of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Course at the University of Illinois, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1974. During his 27- year military career, he held a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. He commanded an artillery battery and a battalion, and was the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Richard Danzig, 7lst secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Work earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois; a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; a Master of Science in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Master in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

His military and civilian awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Technical Track

Dennis J. Andrucyk

Deputy Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters, Washington DC

Dennis J. Andrucyk

Dennis Andrucyk has been selected as deputy associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington, effective January 17, 2016. He currently serves as NASA’s acting chief technologist and as deputy associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). Prior to joining STMD, Andrucyk held many positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, including Director of the Applied Engineering & Technology Directorate, Chief of the Software Engineering Division, and Chief of the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division.

Dr. Raymond G. "Corky" Clinton, Jr.

Associate Director, Technical, Science & Technology Office
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Dr. Raymond G. "Corky" Clinton, Jr.

Dr. Raymond G. "Corky" Clinton Jr. is Associate Director, Technical, of the Science & Technology Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL.

Dr. Clinton joined MSFC in 1984 as an aerospace materials engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory. He has served in a broad variety of leadership positions in the Engineering Directorate, Science Directorate, Safety & Mission Assurance Directorate, and a special assignment at NASA Headquarters as Assistant Enterprise Scientist for Materials Science.

He was selected to lead NASA's investigation into foam loss during liftoff of the Return To Flight mission of space shuttle Discovery on STS-114 in July 2005. The findings and recommendations of the investigation led to several significant design and safety improvements to the space shuttle's External Tank.

A native of Hot Springs, Ark., Dr. Clinton earned his bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published more than 75 papers and technical reports.

He is the recipient of numerous NASA and industry awards, including AIAA Fellow, Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives, NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, Outstanding Leadership Medal, Exceptional Achievement Medal and the Astronaut Corps' Silver Snoopy.

Carlo des Dorides

Executive Director
European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)

Carlo des Dorides

As Executive Director of the GSA, Carlo des Dorides sets the vision of the Agency and ensures that the GSA accomplishes its mission of supporting the effective operation, maintenance and security of the Europe’s satellite navigation systems, Galileo and EGNOS, while guaranteeing optimal service levels and developing applications and services that ensure the satellites benefit end users.  He has almost three decades of experience managing space service focussed teams. He has held key management responsibilities at the European Commission and was responsible for the definition of the Galileo/EGNOS exploitation phase and the EGNOS operational phase. Before joining the Commission, he led the Concession Department at the European GNSS Supervisory Authority and served as Chief Negotiator of the Galileo Public-Private-Partnership/Concession contract at the Galileo Joint Undertaking. His career has focussed on program management and operations of advanced satellite systems. As Director of Programs and Engineering at ENAV, the Italian air navigation service provider, he was responsible for updating the technology of Italian airports and Area Control Centres. Prior to that he held several management positions in the aerospace private sector including Head of advanced telecommunication programs and Program Manager for major satellite telecommunication projects at Alenia Spazio. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of Rome and an M.B.A. from CUOA, Vicenza, Italy.

James Keravala

CEO
Off-World Consortium

James Keravala

Jim is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OffWorld, building an industrial robotic workforce to undertake mining, manufacturing and construction on planetary surfaces and in space. The robotic workforce forms a solar system platform that will enable the construction of space based solar power stations, propellant depots and entire settlements. He brings 30 years of experience and visionary leadership in innovation in multidisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, space systems, robotics and machine intelligence, manufacturing and construction, computer science, synthetic biology and molecularly precise control systems. Jim is a prolific technologist and an accomplished entrepreneur able to constantly identify new acceleration ramps in the technological landscape.

Jim started his career in the space launch industry managing launch programs overseeing over a dozen successful orbital launches on Russian, European and US launch vehicles. Modular satellite design, integration engineering and program management were part of this process.

Jim also architected major space programs including new space agencies and launches at Surrey Satellite Technology and as cofounder of Shackleton Energy, space propellant depots utilizing requiring lunar mining and a continuous supply of fuel in space. Jim studied aerospace engineering, spacecraft engineering and physics at University of London, Surrey University, Aachen Technical University and International Space University, was previously faculty at Singularity University and is on advisory boards and Board of Directors of a number of space institutes including Board Member of the National Space Society.

James Orsulak

Director, Sales & Business Development
Planetary Resources, Inc.

James Orsulak

James Orsulak oversees sales, business development, and strategic partnerships related to Planetary Resources’ space mining product line, which includes rocket propellant, water for life support functions, and construction materials sourced from asteroids for delivery to customers in cislunar space and beyond. He spent the past decade developing large scale fueling infrastructure projects in the energy industry. He was responsible for sales and business development at Clean Energy, which provides fossil and renewable fuels for heavy-duty trucking applications, the rail industry, mining vehicles, space launch, and industrial uses. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Jeremy Palmer

Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Dr. Jeremy Palmer

Dr. Jeremy Palmer joined DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office as a program manager (PM) in May 2015. His interest is focused on space systems engineering, including structural and dynamic elements, and additive manufacturing technology.

Prior to joining DARPA as a PM, Dr. Palmer supported DARPA/TTO as a Senior Lead Scientist for Booz Allen Hamilton and Principal Space Systems Engineer for System Planning Corporation. In these roles, he provided technical project leadership for lighter-than-air vehicle research as well as for a portfolio of national security space programs. Dr. Palmer has also served as a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, a National Research Council Resident Research Associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and a New Product Introduction Project Lead for the General Electric Company.

Dr. Palmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Rhiannon Roberts

Internship Coordinator
University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability

Rhiannon Roberts

Rhiannon Roberts is the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability's Internship Coordinator. Prior to joining USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability, Roberts played a pivotal role as an avid networker and social media expert with over 10 years of extensive experience managing professional social media accounts. She successfully leveraged an extensive network of over 70,000 followers to dramatically increase the number of followers on social media accounts for large corporations, events, and individuals. Her work’s focus in science, technology, space exploration, and global sustainability was as a result of being selected to the NASA Social program, and her work covering rocket launches for NASA, the United Launch Alliance (ULA), and SpaceX. In addition, Roberts is also the Social Media Manager for The Space Frontier Foundation.  She has also worked closely with large film and entertainment venues such as the Blue Ocean International Film Festival and Conservation Summit promoting ocean sustainability, IIFA awards and BET to name just a few. Her broad experience and travel to over 50 countries has helped produce new partnerships for the university. Roberts holds a bachelor of arts in mass communications broadcast news from the University of South Florida. 

Al Tadros

Vice President
Space Infrastructure and Civil Space, Space Systems Loral (SSL)

Al Tadros

For more than 25 years Al Tadros has worked with both commercial enterprises and government agencies to develop space systems for advanced communications, satellite servicing, remote sensing and exploration, including integrated robotics capability on spacecraft.

At SSL he has held increasingly responsible engineering and business development positions, and currently drives the company’s innovation in next-generation spacecraft design and new architectures for both GEO and LEO orbit.  He also works to draw attention to the value of commercial satellite technologies, hosted payloads and system solutions for government missions. Over the course of his career at SSL he has participated in 13 missions and launch campaigns, many of which deployed cutting-edge communications and remote sensing systems.

Al is also Chairman of the Hosted Payload Alliance, a non-profit consortium that builds awareness of the benefits of hosted payloads and serves as a bridge between government and private industry to foster open communication between potential users and providers.

He holds patents in the field of attitude control systems, and was responsible for early telerobotics research for the International Space Station.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Greg Thanavaro

Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer
Ball Aerospace

Greg Thanavaro

Greg Thanavaro is a Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. During his seven years with Ball, he has worked programs for Sandia National Labs, NASA, and DigitalGlobe, and currently serves as a lead fault management engineer for the National Defense strategic business unit. Prior to his position at Ball, Thanavaro was a graduate research assistant for the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this role, he applied advanced design methods to a system-of-systems grand challenge for the Office of Naval Research. As an undergraduate, he was a payload mechanical design engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Demonstration and Science Experiments spacecraft. Thanavaro worked on the CloudSat Battery Anomaly Recovery Team honored with a NASA Group Achievement Award in 2012. He holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, both in aerospace engineering.

New Generation Space Leaders

Dr. Andrew Aldrin

Associate Professor-Director
Buzz Aldrin Space Institute

Dr. Andrew Aldrin

Dr. Andrew Aldrin serves as the Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI) and is an Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology.  BASI is a multidisciplinary institute created to advance space exploration and development toward the goal of establishing and maintaining a permanent human presence on Mars.  Prior to FIT, Dr. Aldrin was President of Moon Express, responsible for day to day operations for the company.  Prior to coming to Moon Express, Dr. Aldrin was Director of Business Development and Advanced Programs at United Launch Alliance where he oversaw development of corporate strategies, business capture, senior customer relations and advanced program development for civil space markets.  Before ULA, Dr. Aldrin headed Business Development and Advanced Programs for Boeing’s NASA Systems, and Launch Services business units.  He has also served as a Resident Consultant at the RAND Corporation and Professional Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses.  Dr. Aldrin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA, an MBA from TRIUM, a MA in Science Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a MA in International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  He is an Adjunct Faculty member at International Space University and has been Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston and California State University at Long Beach.

Dr. Buzz Aldrin

Retired Astronaut and Air Force Veteran

Dr. Buzz Aldrin

Dr. Buzz Aldrin received his Doctorate in Astronautics from MIT in 1963. That year he was selected by NASA in the third group of astronauts and was the first astronaut with a doctorate. The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs and he pioneered underwater training techniques to simulate spacewalking.

On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong secured their place in history with their Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world.

His ShareSpace Foundation is focused on STEAM Education and in 2015 he launched the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at Florida Tech to develop his vision of a permanent human settlement on Mars.

Since retiring from NASA, Dr. Aldrin calls himself a Global Statesman for Space and has remained a tireless advocate for space exploration.

Tony Antonelli

Director, Advanced Programs, Civil Space
Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis
Air Force Space Command

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Major General Nina M. Armagno is the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She is responsible for developing strategy, doctrine and policy for the command’s space and cyberspace operations; defining the future of space and cyberspace systems through requirements definition, mission area architectures, analysis, science and technology development in support of the joint warfighter, Department of Defense, civil, and national users. The General also manages the command’s international relations and foreign disclosure programs.  Mission areas include missile warning/defense, military satellite communications, cyber warfare network operations, precision navigation and timing, space control, space protection, and launch and range.

General Armagno earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, in June 1988. Her experience in space systems operations includes combat-mission-ready operator, instructor, evaluator and flight commander in strategic missile warning, space surveillance, space control, space launch and theater missile warning mission areas.

Prior to her current assignment, General Armagno served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, where she was responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  She also served as Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, California; Commander and Deputy Commander, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Senior Military Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Squadron and Installation Commander, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Director of Operations, 1st Space Warning Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  In addition, she has held staff assignments at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters 14th Air Force and the 381st Training Group and served as an Air Force Legislative Fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

Keith Barger

Space Education Specialist
Space Foundation

Keith Barger

Keith Barger implements several of the Space Foundation's space-related educational programs, including those that are new, as well as renowned.  He teaches the Discover the Universe field trips for students, as well as the new Space in the Community program. In addition, he assists with the established Tesla’s Toolbox program, and is the lead on the Discovery Center’s new Family Star Party events, making use of his extensive background in astronomy. He develops and implements curriculum and education programs that support science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).

Prior to working at the Space Foundation, Barger spent four years teaching biology, earth science, environmental science and astronomy at Manitou Springs High school. Barger initiated the astronomy club at MSHS, and also served as assistant coach for the varsity girls’ basketball team. Barger earned his bachelor’s degree at Valdosta State University, and his master’s in teaching from Georgia College and State University.

Kira Blackwell

Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA: Headquarters

Kira Blackwell

Kira Blackwell brings with her a wealth of experience in business management that began almost three decades ago with the management of a $3 million store at the age of 18. It is her entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity that has enabled Blackwell to build a diverse set of skills and strategically assist businesses for success across aerospace, biotechnology, and technology management. She has strong business acumen as a results-driven decisive leader and is experienced in establishing and managing diverse strategic partnerships with not-for-profit organizations, small start-up companies and fortune 500 corporations. In her role within the Office of the Chief Technologist, Blackwell is the Innovation Liaison supporting the NASA Deputy Administrators’ Innovation Framework, the agency's innovation strategy. Prior to joining our team, Blackwell managed her own consulting business working with several start-up companies, providing business solutions, leadership and business connections as businesses began to navigate through the business start-up process. She also contracted with Jacobs at the NASA White Sands Test Facility, developing quantitative Federal and State level support across New Mexico, identifying new business opportunities and initiating the discussions for a collaborative partnership with New Mexico State University. Blackwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.

James Bultitude

Space Engineer
Saber Astronautics

James Bultitude

James Bultitude has worked with Saber Astronautics since late 2015. He works on P.I.G.I. the Predictive Ground station Project, and supports it within Colorado and the broader Western United States. James previously worked with the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research on the QB50 Project as an Attitude Determination and Control Systems engineer for the CubeSat EC-0, which launches in March of 2017. James holds a Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia and prior to that supported government and private companies throughout Australia as an IT systems engineer. 

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, USAF

Commander, 50th Space Wing
Air Force Space Command

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, USAF

Col. DeAnna M. Burt is the Commander, 50th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. As commander, she is responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide, in support of 175 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion. During her time as the 50th Space Wing Commander, Colonel Burt was selected to serve as the first non-flying Air Expeditionary Wing Commander for Red Flag Exercise 16-3.

Prior to assuming command, Colonel Burt was the Director, Commander’s Action Group, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She was responsible for leading a ten person team preparing Congressional testimony, correspondence, engagements, and high interest briefings on behalf of the four star commander.

Colonel Burt entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her career has included numerous satellite operations and staff positions in Air Force Space Command and U.S. European Command. Colonel Burt has commanded the 2nd Space Operations Squadron and the 460th Operations Group. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.

Robert P. Chambers

Senior Systems Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Dr. Steve Chappell

BASALT Exploration/Ops Lead
KBRwyle, NASA JSC

Dr. Steve Chappell

Steve Chappell attended the University of Michigan and earned a BS degree in aerospace engineering. He also earned MS and PhD degrees from the University of Colorado in aerospace engineering sciences, researching human performance and spacesuit systems in simulated reduced gravity. His career has spanned many areas of engineering and science, including work on embedded software for fighter aircraft, satellite ground systems development, and Earth-observing satellites systems engineering. In recent years, he has helped lead the Mars Moons Human Spaceflight Architecture Team and the Cis-Lunar Habitable Airlock Project from NASA Johnson Space Center. He has extensive experience leading and taking part in research in multiple exploration analog environments including arctic (Haughton Mars Project), desert (NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies), underwater (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, aka NEEMO), and partial gravity simulators. He currently is the Science Operations Co-Lead for the Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) research project.

Brig. Gen. Cary C. Chun (Ret.)

Senior Vice President, Client Relations Executive
ASRC Federal

Brig. Gen. Cary C. Chun (Ret.)

Brig. Gen. (Retired) Cary C. Chun is ASRC Federal’s senior vice president, client relations executive. Chun brings almost 30 years of space operations experience to ASRC Federal, leading the company’s expansion efforts in the defense and intelligence space operations market.  Chun joined ASRC Federal in 2012 as senior vice president of space and intelligence, and later served as senior vice president and general manager of defense programs. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as the director for mission operations for the National Reconnaissance Office and the deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space at U.S. Strategic Command. He commanded the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.; Space Operations Wing at the Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.; NRO Operations Group at Onizuka Air Force Station, Calif.; and 614th Space Operations Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. He also served as the director of Space Forces while deployed to Southwest Asia for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  Chun was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985. He earned master’s degrees in systems management from the University of Southern California and in space operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air War College.  Gen Chun is the first Air Force general officer of Filipino descent.

Darby G. Cooper

Launch Vehicle Architect Manager, Exploration Launch Systems – Integrated Analysis
Boeing

Suzanne Cunningham

Strategy & Integration Manager
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Suzanne Cunningham

Suzy Cunningham is Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC’s) Strategy & Integration Mgr. for Communications and Public Engagement (CPE). She works with NASA, Industry, Academic, DoD & other state/federal leaders to research community, Center and organizational issues and initiatives related to CPE. She determines the impact of those functions on KSC and the Agency and collaborates to develop strategic approaches and recommendations that synergize efforts and best utilize resources. She also serves as NASA liaison for efforts including Space Congress, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, and Space Walk of Fame. Cunningham was previously KSC’s Strategic Planning Mgr.  She advised Sr. Mgt. on KSC strategic planning activities/analyses concerning present & future KSC operations and development, and facilitated development of Center-wide strategic policies & initiatives.  She was strategic planning liaison to Air Force 45th Space Wing (45 SW), and was a Space Florida (SF) Board Advisory Member. Cunningham holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a master of science in space system operations from the Florida Institute of Technology. 

Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar is Executive Director of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry trade group supporting human exploration, development, and science in deep space.  Under her leadership the Coalition has grown from 5 companies to more than 60 over the past year engaging in outreach and education for NASA’s programs.

Earlier in her career Mary Lynne worked for The Boeing Company where she coordinated technology development of projects destined for the International Space Station, subsequently managing the Flight Operations Group supporting assembly, activation and checkout for 1/3 of the ISS assembly fights. Later, she acted as a special advisor to the NASA Astronaut Office before her appointment as Boeing’s first Chief Scientist for Commercial Utilization of the ISS.

Mary Lynne left Boeing in 2004 to start her own engineering and consulting firm, working with most major aerospace companies, the DoD, the FAA, and NASA.  More recently she served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station National Laboratory.  She left CASIS to accept the position of Executive Director for the Coalition in late 2015.

Dr. Dittmar is a Fellow of the National Research Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Astronautics and Aeronautics, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society.  From 2012-2014 she served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight and is a co-author of the “Pathways to Exploration” report produced by the NRC in 2014 and is beginning her second term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  She resides in Washington, D.C.

Erik Eliasen

VP, National Security Space Programs
Swedish Space Corporation

Erik Eliasen

Erik Eliasen joined Universal Space Network, now SSC, in September 2009.  As Vice President, National Security Space Programs, he is responsible for overseeing and advancing all of SSC's Business Development activities for the National Security Space market.  Furthermore, Eliasen also provides executive oversight and guidance for SSC’s government relations and legislative interaction. Eliasen joined Universal Space Network after serving 20+ years in the U.S. Air Force where he gained a vast amount of satellite and space operations related experience. His varied assignments included time as a Satellite Vehicle Operator, Air Force Space Command, the Commander for the Air Force’s Satellite Control Station in California, and Commander of the 1st Space Operations Squadron where he led 85 people to accomplish various dynamic satellite missions for the Air Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy, and two Masters Degrees, one in Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the other in Management Information Systems, from the University of Montana.

Kevin Foley

Global Sales & Marketing, International Space Station Space Exploration
Boeing

Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley is currently a senior Global Sales & Marketing manager for the Boeing Company.  Kevin provides leadership and support for developing, planning, implementing and directing business development and strategic marketing activities for Boeing Space Exploration Division and is responsible for International Space Station and Exploration business development, strategy and marketing. 

Prior to leading the ISS business development team, Kevin supported International Space Station operations and utilization new business pursuits. He was responsible for teaming and international alliances as well as strategy and business development for space station pre-planned program improvement and upgrades.

Kevin started his career working in Houston TX at the NASA Johnson Space Center as an engineer assigned to the Mission Operations Directorate. He spent 9 years working on the Space Shuttle program supporting payload integration and mission operations as a member of the mission control team responsible for commercial communication satellite deployments.  

During his career, Kevin spent several years in Japan providing support to Japanese industry customers working on government science satellites.  Repatriated to Huntington Beach CA he was assigned to the Boeing’s Space Systems Strategic Business group responsible for international business development for International Space Station development, as well as space utilization portfolios.  After two years in California, Kevin was again selected for an overseas assignment in Japan where he managed the international space station portfolio and customer relations.  

Relocated to Houston TX, Kevin was promoted to develop strategic, tactical and business assessments for commercial satellite operations and control segment opportunities.  With this responsibility, he identified opportunities and lead proposal and business acquisition campaign for new space operations, utilization and exploration business.  

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University (Wisconsin), and a Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Houston (Texas). 

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

Kristina Harrington is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and the Director of the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia. As SIGINT Director, she leads a joint team responsible for the design, development, and acquisition of United States Signals Intelligence Space Systems for the Intelligence Community, military services, and allied partners. Ms. Harrington has supported several NRO programs over 20 years including support to multiple architecture studies that determined the SIGINT path. In 2006, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency assigned to the Directorate of Science and Technology, with duty in the NRO SIGINT Directorate, Low Earth Orbit SPO (LSPO), serving as the Deputy Director, Systems Engineering LSPO. In 2007, as part of the NRO larger transformation, she stood up and directed the new LSPO Missions Department. This role included responsibility for all payload hardware, mission analysis, payload software development, and mission engineering in support of future and ongoing initiatives. In 2009, she became the Deputy Director of the LSPO where her responsibilities were program management of the acquisition and development of a state-of-the-art satellite collection system to include technical, operations, budget, schedule, and personnel. In 2010, she joined the Air Force as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader to take the role of the Chief Scientist Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition National Reconnaissance Office where her responsibilities included leading Intelligence Community and Department of Defense studies on satellite based signals intelligence architectures for 2020 and beyond. In 2012, Ms. Harrington was assigned as Director of the Systems Engineering Directorate, NRO, where her role was to lead the requirements, interfaces, and schedule development for the NRO future architecture to ensure that the new integrated system would accomplish mission needs.

W. Michael Hawes D.Sc.

Vice-President and Orion Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

W. Michael Hawes D.Sc.

W. Michael Hawes, DSc, is the Vice President and Orion Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Dr. Hawes joined Lockheed Martin in July 2011 after concluding a 33-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and was selected to head up Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program Office in 2014.

Prior to joining the Orion Program, he served as the Director for Human Space Flight Programs with Lockheed Martin’s Washington Operations organization.  In this role he was responsible for representing the Human Space Flight/ Space Systems Company organization with the Administration and the congress. 

During his 33 year career with NASA, Dr. Hawes served as the Associate Administrator for Independent Program and Cost Evaluation (IPCE) where he was responsible for providing objective studies and analyses in support of policy, program, and budget decisions by the NASA Administrator.  He also served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, and supported the Space Shuttle Program focusing on Return to Flight actions as well as the transition and disposition of Space Shuttle assets following the program’s conclusion. 

In addition, Dr. Hawes served as the Deputy Associate Administrator, International Space Station (ISS) and Program Director for the ISS at NASA Headquarters where he directed the space station budget; established and implemented station policy and coordinated external communications; and liaison activities with the Administration, congress, industry and the station's international partners. During his tenure with the ISS Program, 13 Space Shuttle assembly mission were completed, the critical Russian Service Module launched, the first five Expedition crew launches were accomplished.  All assembly missions were completed successfully as major components were integrated in space without ever seeing their counterparts on the ground. 

 Dr. Hawes received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and Masters and Doctor of Science of Engineering Management degrees from the George Washington University in 1996 and 2006 respectively.  He is also a graduate in Program Management from the Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Va.

Michael Holguin

Program Manager
United Launch Alliance

Col. Gregory Johnson, USAF (Ret.)

Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
Former NASA Astronaut

Col. Gregory Johnson, USAF (Ret.)

Gregory H. Johnson is the President and Executive Director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). As executive director, Johnson is responsible for leading the CASIS staff to maximize utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) to benefit life here on Earth. CASIS identifies innovative applications and develops new partnership opportunities to promote utilization of our nation’s orbiting laboratory. Prior to CASIS, Johnson was a decorated officer and pilot with the United States Air Force. He flew 34 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm and 27 missions during Operation Southern Watch. In 1994, he became a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, where he flew and tested the F-15C/E, NF-15B and several other aircraft. Retiring as a Colonel after nearly 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson has logged over 5,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft. Johnson received his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, his M.S. in flight structures engineering from Columbia University and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael J. Johnston

Senior Director
Booz Allen Hamilton

Michael J. Johnston

Michael Johnston, a Senior Director with Booz Allen Hamilton, is the Booz Allen Senior Manager for the Colorado Springs location. Mr. Johnston is a senior leader for the firm’s Air Force space business and the firm’s Systems Engineering and Integration business. Mr. Johnston leads teams in delivery of solutions to customer requirements and mission challenges related to space and ground systems.  Mr. Johnston brings together the firms diverse Subject Matter Expertise to solve complex client challenges at all stages of a systems life-cycle.

Mr. Johnston has over 28 years of hands on and management experience in a variety of Systems Engineering focused areas including: Studies and Analysis, Rapid Prototyping, Systems Engineering Planning, Requirements Management, Operation support, Architecture development and Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Software Development, Test and Evaluation, and general consulting.  His specialties encompass in-depth experience in space control, satellite communications, terrestrial wireless communication protocols, capabilities based architecture analysis, and aircraft performance. Mr. Johnston also served as a key liaison between the development and operational communities in the fielding of large scale systems. His background includes Space (Iridium, AFSCN, LTRS, MILSATCOM, TSAT, Space Control), aircraft flight testing (C17, MD90, C17, T45, F15), NASA (Space Shuttle operations, Constellation), missile defense (ICBM sustainment, Nuclear Weapons Center) and telecommunications (TDMA, GSM).

Mr. Johnston Michael grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He received his Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University. He received a Masters from the George Washington School of Business. Additionally, he is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through the International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE). Michael is an avid skier, hiker, and mountain-biker. He has been married to Martha Johnston for 25 years and together they have 3 children.

Wallis W. Laughrey

Vice President Space Systems
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Wallis W. Laughrey

Wallis Laughrey is vice president of Space Systems, a mission area within Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business. A member of the SAS leadership team, he oversees all Space Systems programs, developing organization’s vision, strategy and plans. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Before joining Space Systems, Laughrey was SAS vice president and deputy in Advanced Concepts and Technology. He continues to collaborate with ACT in the development and implementation of new and emerging system concepts, products and strategic technologies that position SAS for the future.

Laughrey came to Raytheon from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems where he was director of Strike Systems Advanced Development. In that role, he was responsible for leading strategy and business development teams in growing two diverse portfolios. During his tenure at Northrop, he held a number of program and functional positions, each with increasing levels of responsibility.

Prior to Northrop, Laughrey was with Raytheon SAS as program manager for a family of products employed on the E2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. He led the development and delivery of five flight units through
subsystem and aircraft level integration and test in less than two years.

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Laughrey served in a number of different roles and organizations within Air Force Space Command and
Air Force Materiel Command.

Laughrey holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in product development engineering from the University of Southern California. He has also earned a certificate in advanced project management from Stanford University. Laughrey holds memberships in the Air Force Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and National Defense Industrial Association professional organizations.

Pascal Lee, Ph.D.

Director, NASA Haughton-Mars Project
Mars Institute, SETI Institute, & NASA Ames Research Center

Pascal Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at the Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He is internationally recognized for his work on the history of water on Mars, on the origin of Mars’ moons, and on planning the future human exploration of Mars. Dr. Lee has led over 30 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica to study Mars by comparison with the Earth. He recently led the Northwest Passage Drive Expedition, the subject of the award-winning documentary film Passage To Mars (2016). Dr. Lee’s first book, Mission: Mars, won the 2015 Prize for Excellence in children’s science books from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In his free time, Pascal likes to be walked by his dogs, fly, and paint, although not at the same time. He is a helicopter commercial pilot and flight instructor, and an artist member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.

Debra Facktor Lepore

Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations
Ball Aerospace

Debra Facktor Lepore

Debra Facktor Lepore is the vice president and general manager of Strategic Operations for Ball Aerospace, where she is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. Lepore is the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area and leads Washington Operations, Marketing and Communications, and Strategic Development. Lepore brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current role. Prior to joining Ball in January 2013, she served as the president of DFL Space LLC, an aerospace consulting firm focused on developing innovative business strategies for a wide range of clients.

As an industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, she led its Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). She was Principal Investigator on the SERC research project “Expedited Systems Engineering for Rapid Capability and Urgent Needs,” sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, and has used this research toward PhD studies. Among other distinctions, Lepore was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation.

Lepore serves on the board of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and the industry advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department and the Johns Hopkins University Space Systems Engineering program. She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Lepore is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She holds a B.S.E. (magna cum laude) and M.S.E. in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session program in space policy and law. 

Mary Lockhart

President and Chief Executive Officer
PEMDAS Technologies & Innovations

Mary Lockhart

Mary Lockhart is a nationally recognized and established leader in both aerospace and atmospheric science communities. Mary is the founder of PEMDAS Technologies & Innovations, a woman- owned, service-disabled veteran owned small business. The company focus areas are the integration of weather intelligence into C4I systems, sensor technology and engineering for the Department of Defense. Since inception, Mary’s stewardship as CEO has enabled PEMDAS Technologies and Innovations to succeed in developing cutting edge products and services providing enhanced mission success and survivability to Air Force platforms in the combat arena. 

Her previous leadership positions include serving as a Senior Aerospace Meteorologist at NASA/Armstrong Flight Research Facility and as the Acting Director of Air Force Weather, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. 

In her military career, Mary has provided the Office of Secretary of Defense, Air Force, Army, Navy and the national intelligence community with programmatic support, modeling and simulation, and test expertise across a broad range of atmospheric phenomenology for more than 30 years. Her last assignment before retiring as a colonel in the USAF Reserves was as legislative liaison, US House of Representatives. In this capacity she served the senior leadership of the US Air Force, including the Chief of Staff, as an advisor and liaison on governmental matters of importance to Air Force training, staffing and funding. 

Mary possesses a B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University, a B.A. in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. Her technical expertise spans all phases of weather operations to include weather observing and forecasting, Research and Development, Operational Test and Evaluation, mission planning and execution, electro-optical and space environmental analysis. With direct support to mission planning for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Mary is a recognized expert in environmental impacts to combat operations. She is the recipient of the Air Force Weather's highest technical award for the most significant technical weather contributions to the warfighter. 

As Program Manager for Department of Defense's most advanced electro-optical weapons mission planning programs, Mary resolved program deficiencies and trained combat personnel of services worldwide for OEF and OIF. Mary has authored numerous technical reports/articles to include the importance of weather in mission planning and execution.

Lt. Col. Terrill J. McCall, USAF

Commander, 22nd Space Operations Squadron
U.S. Air Force

Lt. Col. Terrill J. McCall, USAF

Lieutenant Colonel Terrill J. McCall is the Commander, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, 50th Network Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force, Colorado.  As commander, he is responsible for operational direction of the $6.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network and eight worldwide remote tracking stations.  Colonel McCall leads more than 400 military, civilian and contractors providing scheduling; launch support; orbital analysis; telemetry, tracking and commanding; communications; mission data dissemination; and emergency recovery support for more than 175 operational Department of Defense, national agency, civil and allied spacecraft valued at more than $66 billion. 

Prior to assuming command, Colonel McCall was the Chief, Enterprise Architecture Assessment Branch, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Pentagon, Washington DC.  He was responsible for leading a five person team responding to Congressional inquiries, enforcing Air Force Enterprise Architecture Compliance, enabling the integration, program analysis and management of the $7 billion Information Technology portfolio, and ensured resourcing and executing of the $17 billion C4 enterprise.

Colonel McCall was commissioned in 1999 through the Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  He has since served at the detachment, squadron, Agency, and Air Force Headquarters levels supporting Combatant Commands, Components, and various coalitions in training forces and facilitating operations across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.  Additionally, Colonel McCall has deployed five times across the Middle East and supported four named operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and most recently, Libya.   

Robert Meyerson

President
Blue Origin

Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson is the President of Blue Origin where he has overseen the steady growth of the company since 2003. Blue is developing reusable launch systems to enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space. Vehicles and technologies under development include the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, the BE-3 LOX/LH2 rocket engine, the BE-4 LOX/LNG rocket engine, as well as orbital launch systems. Prior to joining Blue, Meyerson was a Senior Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the landing and thermal protection systems of a two-stage reusable launch vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler’s Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Meyerson began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), where he led the aerodynamic design of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle project. He began his career as a cooperative education student at JSC. Meyerson earned a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Houston. 

Paul Neary

Chief Financial Officer
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Paul Neary

Paul Neary is chief financial officer (CFO) for United Launch Alliance (ULA). Neary leads ULA’s finance organization and oversees all company fiduciary responsibilities. Neary also oversees financial reporting to ULA’s parent companies – The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Neary is also responsible for multiple corporate functions including Controller, Treasury, Risk Management, Long Range Planning, and Program Planning and Control. Neary also shapes the company’s strategies in order to capture profitable growth.

Neary has more than 29 years of experience in aerospace and has held increasingly responsible executive leadership positions. Prior to joining ULA, Neary was the Ethics and Business Conduct Compliance Officer for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) for The Boeing Company. In this role, Neary was responsible for managing the global ethics program, ensuring effective deployment of ethics controls and initiatives and promoting a compliant and ethical work culture that enabled strong business performance. Prior to the BDS Ethics role, Neary served as the chief financial officer for the F/A-18 Program; St. Louis Regional Finance Skill Team leader; director of Corporate Cost Management; and director of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis and Reporting.

Neary holds a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst College and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Purdue University. He holds the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional certification from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Patrick O'Neill

Marketing and Communications Manager
International Space Station US National Lab

Patrick O'Neill

Patrick O’Neill is the marketing and communications manager for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS). In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the ISS a national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low Earth orbit, and varied environments of space. Within his role, O’Neill is responsible for the management of all marketing and communications that are distributed to the public at-large, promoting the benefits and capabilities that exist through research onboard the ISS National Laboratory.

Prior to CASIS, O’Neill held a variety of managerial positions within the marketing, communications, and government relation fields. His most recent role before joining CASIS was responsible for government and community affairs with the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

Patrick holds a degree in Communication from San Diego State University and participated intercollegiately in baseball during college. While at CASIS, he has been the architect of multiple high-visible outreach initiatives, partnering with the likes of Marvel, artist Shepard Fairey, actor Seth Green and Budweiser in an effort to promote the ISS National Laboratory. He speaks regularly on behalf of the ISS National Laboratory and has spoken at events such as Comic Con San Diego and New York, the South by Southwest Festival and NASA launch briefings. 

Tom Pirrone

SVP Stratollite Applications
World View

Tom Pirrone

Tom Pirrone is the Sr. VP of Stratollite Applications at World View Enterprise.  In this role Tom leads the WV efforts to ensure that the Stratollite platform provides flight solutions for a wide range of commercial, government and research applications. Tom comes to World View with 35 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry focused primarily on space communications and operations.

In his previous position, Tom was part of the Universal Space Network (USN) team built personally by Apollo XII Commander Pete Conrad in 1997.  In 2001, Tom led a team that created PrioraNet, a worldwide network of satellite ground stations, operated by USN in partnership with the Swedish Space Corporation. 16 years later, PrioraNet provides most of the world’s space agencies with commercial satellite command and control services including support to over 100 on-orbit programs and communications for more than 220 launches.

Tom is a Wharton Fellow and an active contributor to the University of Pennsylvania's Master’s program for global executive education.  In addition, Tom holds a Master’s degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree from Cairn University.

Nicholas C. Puschman

Young Graduate Trainee / International Law Division
European Space Agency (ESA)

Nicholas C. Puschman

Nicholas C. Puschman works as a graduate trainee lawyer in the International Law division of the European Space Agency (ESA), based at its headquarters in Paris, France. In this role, he assists and advises on matters relating to space law, environmental law and international law. He advises on the legal aspects of some of the Agency’s studies and participates in the international relations committee composed of delegates from ESA’s member states. In his capacity within the legal department, Nicholas also serves as the Executive Secretary of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) which was created by ESA in 1989 with the aim of promoting the development of space law throughout Europe. He is responsible for project management, liaising with the centre’s National Points of Contact network and maintaining relations with ESA. He has been part of the ESA delegation at international events like the IAC and also represents the ECSL at fora such as the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee in Vienna where the ECSL enjoys observer status.

A dual British-American citizen, Nicholas worked in law firms and organisations in the UK, France, Cayman Islands and USA before taking up his position at ESA in June 2015. In addition, he held academic positions as a Research Associate at the Institute of Space and Telecommunications Law (IDEST) in Paris, France in 2014, a Teaching Fellow at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France from 2013-14, and as a Law Coordinator at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK from 2011-13.

Nicholas completed his Bachelor of Laws (L.LB) magna cum laude from the University of Strathclyde Law School from which he graduated being awarded the Head of the Law School prize. His Honours dissertation examined the environmental legal aspects of commercial space activities, in particular resource exploitation.  He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in EU Studies (Law, Economics and External Affairs) with Merit from the University of Toulouse I Capitole, France. Selected as one of eight British recipients of the Franco-British Entente Cordiale scholarship, he earned his Master of Laws (L.LM) in Aviation, Space and Telecommunications Law with Merit at the University of Paris Saclay, France.

Nicholas regularly participates in and presents at space gatherings, and has written on telecommunications regulation, commercial space law, contract law and international law.

Rodrigo Romo

Project Manager
Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems

Rodrigo Romo

Rodrigo Romo is the Project Manager for the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, and is primarily in charge of the Robotic Village – an initiative to test in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) and robotics at planetary analogue testing sites.  He is currently leading and supervising the development of PISCES’ Alpha Argo planetary exploration rover, as well research and integration of future components for the Robotic Village. Romo began his career near Tucson, Arizona at Biosphere II – the largest fully enclosed facility dedicated to researching climate change, ecosystem interactions, and space colonization during its time.  From 1992 through 1997, he held several key positions overseeing instrumentation and air monitoring systems, as well as working in research and engineering departments.  Romo held his last position at Biosphere as the Plant Manager for a 6 megawatt co-generation power plant on site. From 1997 through 2014, Romo served as the Vice President of Engineering for the Zeta Corporation, researching and developing new applications for the company’s technologies, provided engineering and technical support to multinational customers, and overseeing large projects. He is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from ITESO University in 1992.  He later obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

Ed Rosenthal

Founder and Chairman of the Board
Florikan ESA

Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Florikan ESA

With the research assistance of NASA Kennedy Space Center and Florida’s Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program, Ed is the inventor of Florikan Controlled Release (CRF) Fertilizer, as well as of Staged Nutrient Release (SNR) fertilizer. Both Ed Rosenthal as individual and the SNR fertilizer technology are being inducted into the 2017 Space Technology Hall of Fame by Space Foundation. Florikan SNR and Florikan CRF partner with the Space Foundation through the Space Certification program for Technology product.

As well, Ed’s Student, Teacher and Community Educational Outreach program is a Certified Space Education program.  This outreach program educates students around the country and the world about NASA Veggie program. After several years of rigorous research, Florikan CRF was selected by Space Plant Biology program (NASA KSC) as the controlled release fertilizer product to grow vegetables on the International Space Station for our astronauts. Using Florikan Controlled Release Fertilizers, NASA KSC Space Plant Biology has grown three crops of Outredeous red romaine lettuce and one crop of Tokyo Bekana cabbage on the ISS. Next step for Space Plant Biology with Florikan CRF is included in production grow boxes on APH (Advanced Plant Habitat) and eventually for the “journey to Mars”. 

Ed and his wife Betty founded Florikan ESA in 1982. Today their sons Eric and Jonathan are second generation owners of the company. As a further introduction, we cannot separate Ed Rosenthal and Florikan achievements. Florikan is 35 year old Controlled Release Fertilizer manufacturing company with a legacy of business success and awards for ethics. Florikan has received 13 major awards for ethical business practice, product innovation, job creation and environmental leadership; one of the few companies in the country with such a vast array of recognition over 35 years.

Carlos Salicrup, MD, MS, EMT-P, ATP, AFAsMA

Flight Surgeon-Pilot
"Mission Doctor" SGAC-PMAS

Carlos Salicrup, MD, MS, EMT-P, ATP, AFAsMA

Dr. Salicrup comes from the intersection of aerospace science-technology and medicine to boldly move forward, challenge ideas and advance knowledge through active participation in the field, research and investigation, experiencing during many years in his own body all the effects of flight.

Firefighter-Paramedic, Medical Doctor with a PG degree in Aerospace Medicine from NASA´s sponsored School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright State University, he is board certified in Aerospace Medicine and Boeing 787 Airline Pilot. Distinguished by unyielding discipline and a calm and constructive leadership style even in high-pressure situations, strengthened through more than 20 years of experience in pre-hospital emergency care (EMS), hopes to continue contributing to the advancement of Aerospace Medicine, space exploration, aerospace innovations and building collaboration.

During his PG residency´s space medicine rotation at Kennedy Space Center Carlos actively participated in many trainings, drills and space shuttle missions with the launch and landing medical team, as well as in the ongoing medical experiments with the life-science and biomedical engineering department. After graduating, Dr. Salicrup aimed to attend along with the space center medical team to trainings, drills and space manned missions launches and landings until the space shuttle retirement.

Carlos is a former member of the UN-ICAO Regional Medical Team and is currently participating in the development of new ICAO´s aviation medicine rules as well as representing IFALPA in the Steering Committee of the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and management of public health events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA).

Dr. Salicrup is a US Federal Aviation Administration Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and a Transport Canada Designated Aviation Medical Examiner. Also he is the co-founder of a private company that develops medical aviation-space research and technology. Carlos participates in microgravity flights to perform research in anesthesia and artificial ventilation in space as well as CPR in space.

Capt. Salicrup is one of the few active civilian Aerospace Physician-Pilots, he is performing as a Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" Senior First Officer for the Sky-Team founder, AeroMexico, flying to the main cities of Europe, Asia, North America and South America. He have experience as a Captain, Flight Instructor and Test Pilot. He has flown many types of Cessnas, Metro III/23, Saab 340B, Regional Jets, MD-80s, Boeing 737NG and the Boeing 787-8/9.

He is the President for the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon-Pilots (IAMFSP), an US Aerospace Medical Association Constituent Organization, also he is the 2nd Vice-president of the Iberoamerican Association of Aerospace Medicine (AIMA). He is also a member of the Human Performance and Medical team of the International Federation of Airline Pilot Associations (IFALPA), member of the Aerospace Human Factors Association and the Space Medical Association. Past-President of the Mexican Association of Aviation and Space Medicine. Former Health and Safety & Social Welfare Secretary of the Mexican Airline Pilots Association

Carlos delivers several lectures around the world, participating with government and civilian organizations to promote and develop the aerospace medicine science and art, with the UN he actively participates during the World Space Week and the Space Generation Advisory Council, recently he has been selected as the Mission Doctor for the Mars analog mission that will happen in Poland on summer 2017.

Dr. Salicrup holds the designation as the Pit-lane Medical Coordinator and in-track medical pace car officer for the FIA Formula 1 and Formula “e” and the World Endurance Championship grand prix that is being hosted in Mexico City every year. He also performs as a race track medical officer in other types of car races.

Recently he received the Merit Medal from the Mexican Red Cross for his 20 years of Volunteer services, firstly as a Firefighter-Paramedic and then as Physician, nowadays he performs as an Advanced Life Support Instructor and as an Intensive Care Ambulance physician.

Carlos enjoys his free time as an Advanced open water diver and in classic car total restoration, mainly he specializes in mechanics and electronics overhauling.

Namira Salim

Founder
Space Trust

Namira Salim

Namira Salim is internationally renowned as the first Space Tourist from South Asia, Middle East and Monaco to go to space aboard Virgin Galactic --the first private space-line of the world. Sir Richard Branson, Chairman Virgin Group, personally introduced Namira to the world press in Dubai in 2006, as one of the earliest Founders of Virgin Galactic.

Namira is an avid promoter of Private Spaceflight, the new age of space exploration and an keen advocate of peaceful uses of Space. She has undertaken pioneering peace expeditions to all three poles of the world, and is the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco and the UAE to have reached the North and South Poles in 2007/08, as well as the first Asian to skydive (tandem) over Mount Everest in 2008.

Namira holds an Ivy League Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. She has held official peace themed exhibitions during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris and held events under the Patronage of Royalty from Monaco and Dubai. She has served as an Honourary Ambassador for Pakistan and Honourary Consul in Monaco, where she is based since 1997.

Scotty Van Sant

Senior Policy Analyst
US STRATCOM

Scotty Van Sant

Mr. Van Sant is assigned to United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He is currently the Deputy Branch Chief for Space Policy in USSTRATCOM’s Plans and Policy Directorate. Van Sant is both a military brat and a pastor's kid.  He attended Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California and then studied Social Sciences with an emphasis in History at California State University Sacramento graduating in May 1990. He received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant thru the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Micah Walter-Range

Director - Research & Analysis
Space Foundation

Micah Walter-Range

Micah Walter-Range is the Director of Research and Analysis for the Space Foundation, where he has worked since 2006. He oversees development of all Space Foundation research products, and has authored papers on topics such as export controls and the role of space technology in aviation. Walter-Range is an expert on the global space economy and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NPR, Space News, ABC News, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, The Economist, and many other media outlets. He graduated from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, with a B.A. degree in astronomy and political science, and he earned an M.A. in international science and technology policy, with a concentration in space policy, from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Damon R. Wells

Director, Office of Policy and Strategy
National Reconnaissance Office

Damon R. Wells

Mr. Damon R. Wells is the Director of the Office of Policy and Strategy for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia.  In this capacity he is responsible for assisting the NRO Director in shaping and implementing policies and strategies relating to overhead reconnaissance, both within the NRO and in the broader U.S. Government (USG) and international space policy communities.

Prior to joining the NRO in 2012, he was Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP).  In that role he developed and coordinated Administration space policies across the civil, commercial, and national security space sectors, thereby advancing key policy initiatives such as the 2010 U.S. National Space Policy and current U.S space exploration strategies.  Before moving to the White House in 2005, he was Director for Technology Policy with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, where he led bilateral negotiations on market access for commercial satellite services, oversaw several foreign policy initiatives concerning the U.S. Global Positioning System, and supported Administration space policy development efforts.  Prior to DOS he was a senior policy analyst for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in the Department of Transportation, where he conducted launch and satellite market forecasting activities, participated in White House space policy initiatives, and was a lead analyst for the USG’s commercial launch trade negotiations with China, Russia, and Ukraine.  Before that he worked in fighter aircraft design with LTV Aerospace and Defense, specializing in analysis of aircraft loads and flying qualities using advanced flight simulation capabilities. 

Mr. Wells earned an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1984.

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director General
European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner became the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General on July 1 2015. Previously, from March 2007 to June 2015, he served as chairman of the executive board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In 1995, he was elected president of Darmstadt Technological University where he previously was technical director of the Institute for Glass Construction, dean of the civil engineering faculty and head of the Testing and Research Institute. Wörner earned a degree in civil engineering from Darmstadt Technological University and has received honorary doctorates from State University, New York (USA), the technological universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, St. Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia) and from École Centrale Lyon (France).

By Invitation Only Events

Salem Al Marri

Assistance Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

Salem Al Marri

Salem Humaid Al Marri is the Assistance Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs, he assumed this position in 2012 and his role is centered on ensuring the vision and mission of MBRSC are achieved through the different technical and scientific programs being run at the Centre, he previously held the same position at the emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) before it was integrated into the Centre

He has over 10 years’ experience in the Space Field and was part of the team which setup EIAST and MBRSC, he was formally the Director of the Space Programme Department at (EIAST), and he was the Project Manager for MBRSC’s earlier satellite projects DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2.

He is currently overseeing the expansion of the Centre in different scientific and technical fields along with the centers continued development in the space field, and working towards ensuring all initiatives at MBRSC serve the stakeholders with useful value added services, one of his major goals is ensuring the achievement of domestic satellite development through Emirati engineers.

Roland Coelho

Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems

Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations
Space Foundation

Brendan W. Curry

As Vice President - Washington Operations, Curry leads the Space Foundation's government affairs efforts based in Washington, D.C., serving as principal interface with key customers, staff and officials in the Administration, Congress, space industry and federal agencies including NASA and the Departments of Defense, Commerce, State, Education and Transportation. Previously, Curry was the senior legislative assistant to Congressman Dave Weldon, M.D. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Scranton and Juris Doctor degree from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.

Brig. Gen. Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret.)

President and CEO
SES Government Solutions

Brig. Gen. Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret.)

Brigadier General Peter F. Hoene, USAF (Retired) was named President and CEO of SES Government Solutions on January 19, 2015. In his previous role, he served as the Corporate Vice President for Development for SES Government Solutions, headquartered in Reston, VA. As Corporate Vice President for Development, he worked with United States warfighters and other government users to help determine their requirements and offer communications support, hosted payload opportunities, and network solutions. He then communicated those requirements to the SES parent organization to take advantage of existing on-orbit SES fleet capacity, or to influence future satellite designs.

Pete retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 as Brigadier General, following 30 years of service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as a distinguished graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.  He holds two masters degrees and served in a wide variety of Space, Command and Control, and research, development, acquisition, test, staff and command assignments.

In his last active duty position, Hoene served as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Program Executive Officer for Command and Control, where he managed a portfolio of Joint and Coalition Command and Control and Information Sharing programs.  Prior to his DISA assignment, he was Commander, 350th Electronic Systems Wing (C2&ISR Wing), Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., where he managed a portfolio of 49 command and control (C2), ISR, Space and Cyber programs valued at more than $9 billion.

Jean Yves LeGall

President
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Jean Yves LeGall

Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe.  In this capacity, he is also interministerial coordinator for satellite navigation programs.  Le Gall has devoted his entire career to the European space program.  He joined Arianespace in 2001, heading up the company until his appointment as President of CNES. A trained engineer and scientist, he is Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the "Space Circle", a French think-tank.  He also chairs the France-Japan business council of MEDEF International, the international arm of the French business confederation.  He has received multiple awards and accolades over the course of his career.  Le Gall holds the rank of officer in both the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit in France, and was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation.

Rich Leshner

Planet Labs

Rich Leshner

Rich Leshner has been working in the DC space policy community for 15 years, working in the non-profit, government, and industry sectors.  Rich's NASA experience had him working on international projects for collaboration in exploration, managing a $150 million portfolio of innovative small business research, and working in the Administrator's office.  Rich worked for two years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he supported the development of the 2010 National Space Policy among other projects.  He currently works for Planet Labs, the small satellite Earth observing start-up based in California.  Rich has a MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford, and a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington.  He lives in DC with his wife and daughter.

Robert Meyerson

President
Blue Origin

Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson is the President of Blue Origin where he has overseen the steady growth of the company since 2003. Blue is developing reusable launch systems to enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space. Vehicles and technologies under development include the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, the BE-3 LOX/LH2 rocket engine, the BE-4 LOX/LNG rocket engine, as well as orbital launch systems. Prior to joining Blue, Meyerson was a Senior Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the landing and thermal protection systems of a two-stage reusable launch vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler’s Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Meyerson began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), where he led the aerodynamic design of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle project. He began his career as a cooperative education student at JSC. Meyerson earned a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Houston. 

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Congressman

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Mike Rogers is a fifth generation East Alabamian. He is a conservative, a Christian, the father of three and married to his wife, Beth, for over 30 years.

Mike grew up in Calhoun County, Alabama, in the small mill village of Blue Mountain. His mother worked in the local textile mill and his father was a firefighter. Mike learned the values of family, hard work and sacrifice from his parents.

Since first elected in 2002, Mike has been known for his tireless advocacy for the people and interests of Alabama’s Third Congressional District. He currently serves on the Agriculture Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, all vital to Alabama’s interests. Nationally, he has built a reputation as a recognized leader on key national security issues.

Audrey M. Schaffer

Office of the Under Secretary for Policy
U.S. Department of Defense

Audrey M. Schaffer

Audrey Schaffer is currently the Director for Space Strategy and Plans in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the U.S. Department of Defense. In that role, she manages a team of military officers and civil servants responsible for policy and strategy initiatives to enhance space security. Her team develops DoD policy guidance; represents the DoD in U.S. Government interagency policy deliberations; negotiates multilateral diplomatic space security agreements; manages bilateral relationships with strategic international partners; and oversees strategic communications initiatives.

Ms. Schaffer has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense since 2010. She has served in a variety of capacities within the Space Policy office, including as the Deputy Director of Space Policy Engagement, where she was involved in a variety of international military and government space cooperation initiatives.  Ms. Schaffer was also detailed to the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance within the Department of State, where she established and led the Bureau’s first cyber strategic stability policy team and cross-Bureau cyber working group.

Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Ms. Schaffer was an Air Force Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), working in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California. As a PMF, she rotated through assignments related to space policy, strategy, acquisition, and engagement, including the Policy and Plans Division of the Air Force Directorate of Space Acquisition, the Commander’s Action Group of Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, and the Commercial Policy and Strategy Branch of the National Security Space Office. Ms. Schaffer holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University. 

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Commander, Joint Space Command
French Ministry of Defense

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Air Force Brigadier General Jean-Daniel Testé was born on September 27, 1961 in Lourdes, France. 

He has been serving as commander of the French Joint Space Command since July 1, 2014.   

Military Education:  Air Force Academy 1980 /1984 Joint Staff College 1996/1997  College of Defense Studies (Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires et Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale) 2007/2008.  

Upon completion of initial officer training, he was assigned in 1984 at the air force photographic interpretation center in Saint-Cyr l’Ecole where he was successively head of the research and digitization department, and head of the interpretation department. 

In 1988, in the framework of higher scientific and technical military education (EMSST), he attended the Ecole nationale supérieure d’électronique, électrotechnique, informatique et hydraulique in Toulouse (ENSEEIHT), where he qualified as an engineer in computer science. 

Afterwards, he was assigned at the defense staff, planning-program-space division, where he was charged of the satellite image technical process department (SETIS) in Arcueil (94). In 1991 he joined the development team of HELIOS military observation satellite in Paris and was responsible for the satellite mission. 

In 1993, he was assigned at the national space study center (Centre national d’études spatiales - CNES) in Toulouse as liaison officer for the HELIOS satellite. 

After the joint staff college, he was head of the space and intelligence department at the “Studies and General Plans” division at the air force staff. 

In 2002, he was posted to the geographic department at the defense staff in Arcueil. He then took command of the unit in 2003. 

Between 2005 and 2007, he took command of the French Guyana Air Forces and “Capitaine François MASSE” Air Force Base in Cayenne. 

Upon completion of the higher command and staff course (equivalent HCSC - Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires, CHEM) he was nominated deputy director of advanced military education and promoted to Brigadier General on September 1, 2010. 

Then he was Deputy head - “Homeland” - Air Operations and Air Defense Command between 2011 and 2012. 

He was deputy director - Analysis and Production - at the Military Intelligence Directorate from September 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Brigadier General Testé is officer of the Legion of Honor and commander of the National Order of Merit.

He is married and has three children. He has a passion for rugby and regularly practices running. 

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, USAF

Vice Commander
Air Force Space Command

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, USAF

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson is Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He assists the commander in organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and providing missile warning, positioning, navigation and timing, communications and cyber capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and the other functional and geographic combatant commands. The command oversees Air Force network operations; manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 38,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.  General Thompson also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

General Thompson was commissioned in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a career space officer with assignments in operations, acquisition, research and development, and academia. He has commanded operational space units at the squadron, group and wing levels. The general is also an Olmsted Scholar, graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course and Level III-certified Program Manager. Prior to his Vice Commander assignment, General Thompson was the Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

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