Paul M. Anderson
Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2) Director, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Paul Anderson has over 31 years of experience at Lockheed Martin and is presently the EM-2 Director for NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program. He previously served as the Avionics Director for the highly successful Exploration Flight Test-1 mission. Paul is currently responsible for the EM-2 mission, which will take four crew further from earth than any time in mankind’s history, and will serve as a major stepping stone in NASA’s Journey to Mars.
Paul has previous leadership experience on programs including GOES-R, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and Mars Exploration Rover. He is Lockheed’s Executive to the Colorado School of Mines where he serves on the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences Advisory Board as well as Chairman of the Aerospace Industry Advisory Council. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and recently served as the Rocky Mountain Section Chairman.
Paul attended the Colorado School of Mines where he competed on the varsity Basketball and Golf teams while earning his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1985. He attained his M.S. from the University of Colorado in Engineering Management in 1991. Paul resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, has been married for over 25 years, and has successfully raised two daughters.
Director of Government Business Development, SpaceX
Josh Brost manages SpaceX’s civil sales efforts. In this role, he focuses on deepening SpaceX’s relationships across each of the NASA centers and identifying opportunities for collaboration. Prior to assuming responsibility for civil sales, Josh led SpaceX’s North American commercial sales efforts and signed several notable contracts including Intelsat’s and ViaSat’s purchases of Falcon Heavy launch services. Before joining SpaceX, Josh worked as an Aerospace Engineer for The Boeing Company and as a Management Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Josh earned a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University; a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Washington; and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Vice President and News & Editor, The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com
Nicole Carroll is Vice President/News and Editor of The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. In this role, she leads Arizona’s largest news team as well as its products, events, engagement and community leadership initiatives. Carroll graduated from the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite Journalism School in 1991. She earned her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Georgetown University in 1996.
She has held reporting and editing jobs at the El Paso Times, USA TODAY and the East Valley Tribune. Carroll joined The Republic in 1999. She has held roles from breaking news editor to metro editor to deputy managing editor for features. She was named executive editor in February of 2008. In early 2012, her role was expanded to Vice President/News and Executive Editor, in charge of all daily news gathering and operations for The Republic and azcentral.com. In September of 2015, she was promoted to Vice President/News and Editor. In 2016, she also took on duties as Southwest Regional Editor for the USA TODAY NETWORK. In the past four years, the Republic/azcentral.com has twice been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Carroll has been a Pulitzer Prize juror three times. In 2008, Carroll was inducted into the ASU Walter Cronkite Journalism School Hall of Fame.
Project Manager, Secure World Foundation
Ian Christensen has eight years of experience as a consultant and analyst focused on international and domestic commercial space, satellite, and aviation markets. He is responsible for leading SWF’s engagement activities with the commercial space industry.
Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Programs, Space Systems Group, Orbital ATK
Frank DeMauro is the Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Advanced Programs Division where he is responsible for the execution, business development and financial performance of the company’s Human Space Systems and Space Logistics business areas. These business areas include some of Orbital ATK’s largest and most important programs such as NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) and Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) programs. A native of New Jersey, Mr. DeMauro holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University.
Ven C. Feng
Manager, Transportation Integration, ISSP, NASA
Ven C. Feng serves as Manager of the International Space Station (ISS) Transportation Integration Office at the NASA/Johnson Space Center. He leads a civil servant and contractor team in integration and assessment of all launch vehicles and spacecraft which support the ISS Program. These spacecraft include the Orbital ATK Cygnus, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser, SpaceX Dragon, Roscosmos Soyuz and Progress, and JAXA HII Transfer Vehicle. Mr. Feng has over 25 years experience in aerospace and human spaceflight with NASA and private industry supporting the ISS, Space Shuttle and Spacelab.
Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA
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. Mr. 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.
Director of Human Spaceflight & Energy Services, Special Aerospace Services
Wayne Hale is Director of Human Spaceflight & Energy Services for Special Aerospace Services of Boulder, Colorado where he consults with a variety of commercial space organizations. Mr. Hale currently serves as an Interim Chairman of the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council which by federal law gives direction and advice to the NASA administrator on policy and strategy for the nation’s federal space program. Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Chief Executive Officer, Spaceport America
Mr. Hicks began his 34-year career with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in 1982 as a Test Conductor within the Materiel Test Directorate. In 1991, he became the Supervisory General Engineer of the Patriot Missile System. Dan went on to become the acting Division Chief, where he managed the activities of the three branches in the Division: Air and Missile Defense, Tactical Missiles and Targets, and Space, Sensor and Interoperability. Later, he was appointed to stand up a new Business Development Directorate with qualified engineers and scientists responsible for the strategic planning, transformation, business development, marketing, and staff functions for U.S. Army WSMR. His responsibilities included leading the overall business development and instrumentation and test infrastructure development. Here he led the successful merger of two directorates into one, maximizing investment dollars based on customer requirements, which created direct cost savings for U.S. Army WSMR.
Following that assignment Dan became the Technical Director of WSMR, the Chief of Staff, and in 2013, the Deputy Executive Director. In these leadership roles, he was responsible for assisting the Commanding General and the Executive Director in the operations of the entire WSMR, with over eleven billion dollars of infrastructure and a noontime population of approximately twelve thousand personnel. At present, Mr. Hicks is responsible for the direct oversight of the command planning functions for the range where he has just completed “WSMR 2046” a 30-year strategic plan and maintains oversight for all external relationships; congressional and state legislatures; federal, state, and local agencies; and other community and business stakeholders.
Dr. Hynes serves as the Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC), and NASA Established Program for Competitive Research (EPSCoR). In her role as NMSGC Director, she became involved in development of Spaceport America and commercial space programs in 1991. In 2005, she co-founded the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) with Bill Gaubatz. In 2009, with proceeds from ISPCS, she founded the Student Launch Program which provides annual access to space from Spaceport America for research experiments. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Ph.D. Business Administration, and graduate of the ISU Executive Management Course in 2014.
Founding Partner and Creative Director, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2016, Time Magazine named Bjarke one of the 100 most influential people in the world today.
Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.
Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA
As Associate Administrator, Mr. Jurczyk manages and executes the Space Technology programs, focusing on infusion into the agency’s exploration and science mission needs, proving the capabilities needed by the greater aerospace community, and developing the nation’s innovation economy.
Jurczyk has spent most of his 25-year career in aerospace with NASA in various systems engineering, management, and senior leadership positions at NASA Headquarters, Langley, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He contributed to the development of several space-based remote sensing systems supporting earth science research including the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, Landsat 7, and the Clouds and Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Observations mission. As Director of Systems Engineering and later Director for Research and Technology at Langley, he led the organization’s engineering contributions to many successful flight projects including the Mach 7 and 10 flights of the Hyper-X jet engine powered vehicle, the Shuttle Program return-to-flight, the successful flight test of the Ares 1-X vehicle, and flight test of the Orion Launch Abort System.
He is a recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. Jurczyk is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Dr. Fred Kennedy joined DARPA in January 2017 after serving as the senior policy advisor for national security space and aviation in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, Dr. Kennedy advised the President of the United States on matters related to space and aviation policy; co-chaired an interagency working group for Detecting and Mitigating the Impact of Earth-Bound Near earth objects (DAMIEN); and led the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative focusing his efforts on the national security space community.
Dr. Kennedy served 23 years in the United States Air Force, where he retired as a colonel. During his tenure, he served as a Senior Materiel Leader in both the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Directorate and the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center’s Battle Management Directorate. Prior to that, he was the lead for Space Requirements with the Joint Staff/J-8 in the Capabilities and Acquisition Division at the Pentagon and a chief for Spacecraft Payload Development and Test and Satellite Systems and Acquisition at the National Reconnaissance Office.
From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Kennedy was a program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, where he created and managed efforts around spacecraft and satellite servicing, advanced space power and propulsion systems, and innovative space technologies.
Kathryn L. Lueders
Manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program
Kathryn Lueders serves as the Program Manager for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. In this role, she aids in the execution of the agency’s goals to help private companies develop a new U.S. capability to carry astronauts into low-Earth orbit and eventually take crews to the International Space Station, or ISS. She oversees program facilitation of commercial spacecraft development and certification to enable the safe transportation of NASA astronauts. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University.
Vice President and Program Manager for Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
John Mullholland is Vice President and Program Manager of Boeing’s Commercial Programs; he leads the development of the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner system. Mulholland ensures that proven innovations and capabilities from across Boeing are used in the design, development and operations of Starliner vehicles to support NASA and other commercial customers. Mulholland led Boeing in its role as the major subcontractor to United Space Alliance in support of its operations contract with NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Mulholland is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
George C. Nield
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
Dr. George C. Nield serves as the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA. He has over 30 years of aerospace experience with the Air Force, at NASA, and in private industry. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and an MBA from George Washington University. He is also a Flight Test Engineering graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. Dr. Nield is a registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Assistant Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Siems is assistant vice president and senior economist in the Communications and Outreach Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In this capacity, he partners with other Fed economists and colleagues around the District to gather information on emerging trends and policy issues of interest to educators, business executives, and community and thought leaders in Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico, and to create opportunities to listen and learn from the regions’ constituents.
Siems teaches in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University and is the Lyle School’s chief engineering economist. Siems earned a BSE in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS and PhD in operations research from SMU.
Siems has published over 60 articles in academic journals, books and Federal Reserve publications. His work has received extensive attention from leading publications, including Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, American Banker and Investor’s Business Daily. In 2015, he delivered a TEDx Talk at SMU on “The Wealth of Innovations.” Siems has also authored five children’s picture books, including The Dangerous Pet, which poetically challenges the way the next generation thinks about debt.
Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Mark Sirangelo leads Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado. Sirangelo has helped to build and grow a SNC product portfolio including small satellites; space technologies that have enabled more than 450 planetary missions such as the Mars Curiosity Rover and New Horizons Pluto mission; he is responsible for developing the Dream Chaser® spacecraft, recently selected for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract, SNC’s Dream Chaser Cargo System will be providing cargo delivery, disposal and return services to the International Space Station through 2024. Sirangelo assumed his current role as head of SNC’s Space Systems business area in 2009, when SNC acquired SpaceDev Inc, where Sirangelo was chairman and CEO. Sirangelo served his country proudly and with distinction as a U.S. Army officer and has a multi-faceted personal background which includes being a long-term licensed pilot. He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration and doctorate degrees.
Jeffrey D. Smith
Chief, Science and Technology Projects Division, NASA Kennedy Space Center
Dr. Smith is a leader and innovator for research and technology development at Kennedy Space Center. With more than 20 years of experience at NASA, as a research scientist and manager of scientists and innovative partnerships, and as lead for NASA research programs & projects, Jeff has worked across several NASA Centers and with NASA Headquarters to advance the research and technology missions of the Agency. Currently, Dr. Smith is serving as the Chief of the Science and Technology Projects Division in the Exploration Research and Technology Programs Directorate at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Division consists of over 40 civil servant researchers, engineers and project managers working in a number of technical areas spanning launch systems, cryogenic propellant systems, applied chemistry, applied physics, spaceflight hardware development, automation and robotics, in-situ resource utilization and the innovative, rapid-development, capability of the KSC Swamp Works. He has published over 40 journal articles, proceedings, technical reports and abstracts in the scientific literature. Dr. Smith graduated from Miami University, Oxford Ohio, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering Physics and Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology; he earned his Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder.