Natalya was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in 2015. During graduate school, Natalya was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a NASA Ambassador to the US at the International Aeronautical Congress. As an undergraduate at San Diego State, she graduated first in her class and helped found the Aerospace Engineering Honor Society. She’s the President of the Boston Tau Beta Pi honor society alumni chapter, bringing together current engineering students with young professionals.
ATLAS was created to remove the barriers to space created by aging ground network methods and infrastructure. Gen Carey brings to ATLAS the required leadership, technical skill, and vision.
General Carey served 32 years in the US Air Force in space, cyber, and missile operations attaining the rank of major general. He has commanded Air Force units at the detachment, squadron, group, wing, and Numbered Air Force levels.
A visionary space leader, General Carey led the establishment of the Space Test and Training Range (2003), the National Security Space Institute (2004), and an expeditionary integrated space and cyber force (2009).
Since 2014, he has also held the position of President and CEO of AAC Microtec North America, Inc., contributing to the company's increased value and its parent company's Initial Public Offering (IPO) in Dec 2016.
Ellen holds a bachelors degree in history (historiography) from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School. Ellen loves to run, taste wine, and travel. She is the chair of the Wharton Angel Network Southern California. She is also co-founder of Wharton Aerospace, and runs the innovation-ventures focused Wharton Aerospace Ventures conference at Wharton San Francisco.
Prior to joining SWF, Mr. Christensen worked at leading space-sector consulting firms Futron Corporation and Avascent. In these positions he managed or served in lead analysis roles on market, business planning, and forecasting studies for numerous commercial space sector clients in the United States, Israel, and Europe. For government clients, Ian has provided space-related strategic and analytic services for NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Government of Australia. Mr. Christensen has supported consulting engagements with clients in Australia, Israel, the Isle of Man, Japan, and South Korea; and led in-country work in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Europe, and Japan.
While at Futron Mr. Christensen led a multi-year project for NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, and served for one and a half years on a NASA team tasked with managing the retirement of the Space Shuttle. On behalf of USTDA Ian organized several reverse trade missions and workshops aimed at US export promotion. Mr. Christensen also led an industry research team in support of the annual Space Report, a comprehensive guide to the global space industry published by the Space Foundation.
Prior to Futron, Mr. Christensen was a research assistant at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, a Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, and a research assistant at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. Read Mr. Christensen's publications.
In her spare time, she also sits on the board of XCOR Aerospace, and is an investor in ICON Aircraft, Nanoracks, RTR Drone, Space Adventures, World View and Zero-G (also an avid customer!). From 2010 to 2012, she was a member of the NASA Advisory Council. From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut. She also sits on the board of the nonprofit WayPaver Foundation, focused on dual-use tech for Earth and Moon; is a patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation; a donor to the B612 Foundation; a member of the Space Angels Network; and a former investor in and board member of Airship Ventures.
In 2000, he joined Andrews Space (now Spaceflight), where he was Principal Investigator for the Mini-MagOrion program with Sandia National Labs, worked with the FAA/AIAA RLV Safety Group, contributed to the NASA Alternate Access to Space Station program, and was the exploration architecture lead under NASA’s Project Constellation program.
In 2005, he became a partner in Holder Aerospace, consulting on space systems and launch vehicle development.
From 2006 through 2008, he joined AirLaunch, and was responsible for the VaPak propulsion system and performance of the QuickReach launch vehicle under the USAF/DARPA Falcon program.
In 2010, he transitioned to SpaceX as a Mission Operations Engineer, focused on the Dragon spacecraft for the NASA Commercial Space Transportation Services (COTS) program. There he supported spacecraft integration, and was a mission operator for the first 3 flights to the International Space Station (ISS).
In 2012, he joined Aerojet as VP of Engineering for Sacramento, managing 300+ engineers and in 2013 transitioned to VP of Avionics following Aerojet’s acquisition of Rocketdyne, managing staff at 8 sites across the US while executing programs in space, launch, defense, aviation, and energy.
In 2014, he returned to school at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, graduated in 2015, and transitioned to founder & CEO of Audacy – a provider of spacecraft communications with the mission to deliver anytime, seamless space connectivity, that advances humanity to a new age of space commerce, exploration, and discovery.
DEBRA FACKTOR LEPORE
Lepore also leads Ball Aerospace's Commercial Aerospace strategic business unit, where she 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 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.
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 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.
Ron has 20 years of experience in business and corporate development experience in imaging systems, aerospace, semiconductors, sensors, medical devices, data analytics and risk industries. He has secured business and M&A of over $200 million and closed over $20 million in venture capital. He is a former CEO, COO and analyst with clients and customers including GE, AIG, AON, Zurich, Bertelsmann, Norsk-Hydro, General Physics and Texas Instruments.
Ron is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and a co-founder of the UCSD Bay Area Alumni Scholarship Fund. He speaks English, Dutch, German, and French. Ron enjoys sailing, cycling and anything turbocharged.
This White House role built on her previous experience as NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Program Executive where she served as NASA’s principle advocate, advisor and strategist for open innovation methods. Ms. Gustetic also led NASA’s formulation efforts for its Grand Challenges including the Asteroid Grand Challenge to “find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them”.
Additionally, Ms. Gustetic consulted several Federal Government agencies on open government issues such as the Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Associate Director for Strategic Engagement and Communications at Phase One Consulting Group.
Ms. Gustetic holds a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He looks for unconventional companies in deep learning, commercial space, synthetic biology, genomics, robotics, and sustainable transportation—purpose-driven companies that will transform massive industries.
His current board responsibilities include D-Wave, Flux, Mythic, Planet, SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA). He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail (Microsoft), Interwoven (NASDAQ: IWOV), Kana (NASDAQ: KANA), and NeoPhotonics (NYSE: NPTN). Steve was also the first VC investor and board member at deep learning company Nervana, acquired by Intel in 2016.
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. 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.
She has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Irvine, and a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Ofer has over 25 years’ experience in Aerospace and Space program management and technology development. He has been a member of the Specialized Panel of Scientific Experts pursuant to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Outer Space Rules since 2016.
Currently, Ofer is the Program Manager of the ULTRASAT astrophysical observation satellite at the Weizmann Institute of Science in collaboration with CalTech and JPL.
An Expert Evaluator for the European Commission Horizon 2020 Space Technologies R&D program, for the Israeli Innovation Authority as well as the Israel Space Agency.
A Co-founder and CTO of Space-Nest, an Israeli space startup incubator.
Ofer volunteers as a mentor for SpaceIL the Israeli GLXP lunar lander mission.
Prior to joining OneWeb, Mike spent five years at NASA Ames Research Center designing and analyzing advanced space mission concepts and working mission operations on LADEE: a robotic, Lunar orbit mission. Mike also has extensive experience with CubeSats and other unconventional cost saving technologies and philosophies for space applications.
Mike holds a BSc. degree in Aerospace Engineering and a MEng. degree in Space Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Sunil serves as a Board Director for Auth0 and Zoosk. He is a board observer at GetInsured, Rainforest, Rocket Lab, Spire, Tile and Virtru. Sunil is also involved with Bessemer's investments in Simply Measured and Zapier. His past investments include Twitch (acquired by Amazon), Defense.net (acquired by F5 Networks) and Grow Mobile (acquired by Perion).
Prior to joining Bessemer, Sunil was the founder and CEO of Triangulate, a venture-backed online dating startup that used social media behaviors to drive algorithmic matching. Previously, Sunil worked in consulting at Bain & Company, in Cisco's Corporate Development group, and in product management at Microsoft. He has also worked at several early-stage startups (Sendio, ZeeWise, Celito) as a software engineer and in business development. Sunil frequently speaks about best practices for growing startups.
Sunil holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors. Sunil is Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the NextGen Board of the Computer History Museum and is Co-Chair of NextGen Partners, the largest pre-partner VC networking group in the Bay Area. In addition, he serves on the board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the largest astronomy education society in the world. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School California Research Center and the Volunteer Council of the SETI Institute. In his free time, Sunil enjoys sailing and stargazing.
Mr. Pittman started his career working as a civil servant at NASA Ames for 11 years on a number of space projects including Pioneer Venus, the Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS), the Cryogenic Grating Spectrometer on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, the Space Station Freedom Technology Advocacy Group, and several advanced studies programs including Study Manager for the Large Deployable Reflector.
Mr. Pittman has also been a founder and member of the startup team in a number of early growth companies including SpaceHab, Kistler Aerospace, New Focus, Product Factory, Prometheus II Ltd. and Industrial Sound and Motion. As a consultant Mr. Pittman has worked with many Fortune 500 companies including Westinghouse, Northrop Grumman, Varian, Texas Instruments, TRW and Boeing as well as government agencies including NASA and DOE.
Mr. Pittman has a BS in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. Mr. Pittman is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is the chairman of the AIAA Commercial Space Group. He was also the founder and first chairman of the AIAA System Engineering Technical Committee and also the co-founder and president of the Silicon Valley Space Club. In 2012 Mr. Pittman was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Space Society (NSS) and in 2013 he was elected by the Board as Senior Vice President and Senior Operating Officer of NSS. He is an advocate of the Space Frontier Founding and has authored or co-authored over 4 dozen papers on a technical, management and business topics in aerospace and high technology. He has co-authored two book chapters in Beyond The Earth: The Future of Humans in Space and Space Commerce: The Inside Story. In addition to his technical work Mr. Pittman has also been a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University for over 25 years.
For his technical work Mr. Pittman has been awarded 2 NASA Special Achievement Awards and four NASA Group Achievement Awards. In 2011 NASA award him the Exceptional Public Service Medal for “exceptional leadership in pioneering the development of commercial space for public benefit”. In 2012 he was presented with the “Service to the Frontier” award by the Space Frontier Foundation and in 2015 he was presented the Space Activist of the Year award by the National Space Society.
Prior to this role, Reuter served as the Senior Executive for Technical Integration in the Center Director’s Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He was responsible for technical oversight of development initiatives, providing strategic leadership and expert counsel on concerns related to the management of critical technology and integration activities. Additionally, Reuter served as the Exploration Systems Division (ESD) Standing Review Board Chair, responsible for overseeing development activities of the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Ground Systems Development and Operations Programs, and the ESD integration activities. He also led the Asteroid Redirect Mission Integration mission concept review.
Previously, Reuter served in many managerial roles at NASA, including the Ares Projects Office, the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office, and the Space Shuttle External Tank Project Office. In 2002, he was the Deputy Director for the NASA Headquarters Space Transportation Technology Division in the Office of Aerospace Technology. From 1994 to 2001, he was manager of the Environmental Control and Life Support System Project for the International Space Station at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Reuter began his NASA career in 1983 as an aerospace engineer in the Structures and Propulsion Laboratory in Marshall’s Science and Engineering Directorate.
Reuter has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has received numerous NASA awards and honors, including four NASA medals, a Silver Snoopy Award and a Space Station Award of Merit.
MINISTER ETIENNE SCHNEIDER
Before taking up ministerial positions, he was senior government advisor to the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, responsible for the Directorates of Economic Development, Infrastructures and Energy. He assumed also responsibility for the Directorate of Industry and Businesses. Upon proposal of the government and in light of his roles within the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, Étienne Schneider was a member of the executive board of several companies in the energy sector.
Étienne Schneider pursued higher education studies at the Institut catholique des hautes études commerciales (ICHEC) in Brussels and at Greenwich University in London, where he was awarded a degree in commercial and financial sciences in 1995.
Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create--geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems.
Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.
Prior to joining Blue Origin, Dr. Wagner worked with the X PRIZE Foundation as Senior Director of Exploration Prize Development and founding Executive Director of the X PRIZE Lab@MIT. Previously, she served at MIT as Science Director and Executive Director of the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program, a multi-university spacecraft development initiative to investigate the physiological effects of reduced gravity. From 2009 to 2012, Erika was a member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group, furthering the research and education potential of commercial suborbital launch vehicles. Today, she serves on the Boards of the Museum of Flight and American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, as well as the National Academies Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.
Dr. Wagner’s interdisciplinary academic background includes a bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, and a PhD in Bioastronautics from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Her research spanned both human and mammalian adaptation to microgravity, partial gravity, and centrifugation; as well as organizational innovation and prize theory. She is also an alumna of the International Space University.