External Advisory Board

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Neal Anderson

Neal Anderson

Vice President of Technology Development DigitalGlobe Neal Anderson brings 44 years of aerospace industry experience to DigitalGlobe. In March 1995 he joined DigitalGlobe as one of the first DigitalGlobe employees. His team has been responsible for defining, procuring, and launching all of the DG satellites. Mr. Anderson is currently the Vice President for Technology Development responsible for a wide variety of tasks including overseeing the WV3 satellite program, participating in...
Frank Backes

Frank W. Backes

Chief Executive Officer Braxton Technologies, LLC Mr. Frank Backes serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Braxton Technologies, LLC. As CEO, Mr. Backes has been instrumental in expanding Braxton’s presence in the command and control (C2) market, leveraging new products and services that support the entire lifecycle of a C2 system. In 2009, Mr. Backes received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Rocky Mountain Region...
Dan Baker

Daniel N. Baker

Director Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), UCB Dr. Baker's research is in spacecraft instrumental design and calibration, space physics data analysis, and magnetospheric modeling. He has studied plasma physical and energetic particle phenomena in the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Mercury, and the plasma sheet and magnetopause boundary regions of Earth's magnetosphere. Dan Baker is experienced in the analysis of large data sets from spacecraft at geostationary orbit, and...
Ron Blackwelder

Ron F. Blackwelder

Current Chair
Professor (retired) Dept of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering University of Southern California Ron graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Aerospace Sciences in 1964, spent a year at the Technische Hochschule in Munich and completed his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University in Fluid Mechanics. His career spanned 42 years at USC where he conducted experimental research on aerodynamics, flight mechanics and the dynamics of transition and...
Gregg Burgess

Gregg Burgess

Vice President of Technology Space Systems Sierra Nevada Corporation As Vice President of Technology at SNC’s Space Systems, Mr. Burgess has a technology portfolio spanning the Dream Chaser reusable space taxi, satellites, space electromechanical and power components, and the hybrid rocket motors, such as the ones that power Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship 2 space tourism vehicle. Prior to coming to SNC, Mr. Burgess served as CTO for the Laserlight Communications startup,...
Carol Anne Clayson

Carol Anne Clayson

Associate Scientist with Tenure Physical Oceanography Department Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Professor Clayson's current primary interest is focused on atmosphere-ocean interaction, with an emphasis on boundary layer processes. Current projects include research involving air-sea fluxes, both in understanding the physics of the interfacial layers at the atmosphere-ocean interface, and in techniques for determining these fluxes from satellite observations. Another project involves understanding the nature of cloud-sea surface temperature interactions, using...
Greg R. Enders

Greg R. Enders

Director (retired) EAB Chair 2012-2014 Systems Engineering and Mission Operations Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company 2012 - present, Chair, External Advisory Board, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, CU Boulder Greg graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1970 (yes, he had a class in vacuum tubes and knows how to use a slide rule). Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and spent the following 8 years...
Chris Finnoff in front of a plane.

Chris Finnoff

President and Founder Finnoff Aviation With over 30 years of aviation industry experience, Chris Finnoff's entrepreneurial approach has generated notable success in bringing new and innovative aircraft to market. Prior to starting Finnoff International LLC, a company specializing in previously owned PC12 aircraft, as President of the Commercial Group of Adam Aircraft, Finnoff directed the launch of the A-700 jet and the marketing of the A-500 twin engine piston. Before...
Michael S. Francis

Michael S. Francis

Chief Advanced Programs, United Technologies Research Center Col. Francis retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1997. He helped to develop the first air-space integrated defense information architecture, and directed numerous projects including the US-German X-31 Experimental Fighter Aircraft Program, the Reusable Space Launch Technology Program, and a DoD-sponsored assessment of Aircraft Affordability. At DARPA, he also initiated the Unmanned Tactical Aircraft initiative (now the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Program),...
Michael E. From

Michael E. From

Executive Manager Aerodynamics Engineernig Boeing Commercial Airplanes Mr. From has over 29 years of engineering experience covering the entire Boeing commercial airplane product line in all aspects of Aerodynamics Engineering, including aircraft research, configuration/product development, certification, accident/incident investigation, and airline fleet support. He has been an engineering manager for 15 years, serving as executive manager for the past four years. From 1990-1991, he worked with John McMasters to develop, organize,...
Lisa Hardaway, Ph.D.

Lisa Hardaway, Ph.D.

Chief Engineer Orion Program Ball Aerospace & Technologies Co., Boulder, CO Dr. Hardaway is responsible for overseeing the design, development, and test of a suite of sensors used for relative navigation. Prior to this, she was the technical manager for the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, a hybrid UV to IR camera that which is enabling a deeper understanding of our universe, and the Ralph camera on the...

Richard Herring

EAB Chair Emeritus - still active with the Board
CEO (retired) Spectral Solutions, Inc. 2002-Present, Executive Director, Engineers Without Borders 2002-2006; 2010-2012, Chair, External Advisory Board, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, CU-Boulder 1998-2001, CEO/COO, Spectral Solutions, Inc. 1997-1998, Executive Consultant, Videant International, Inc. 1995-1997, CEO, EarthWatch, Inc. (retired) 1991-1995, Vice President, Ball Aerospace (retired) 1987-1991, Chief Operating Officer, Ball Aerospace
Steven D. Jolly

Steven D. Jolly

Systems Engineering Director - GOES-R Sensors & Exploration Systems/GOES-R Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Dr. Jolly has served Project Orion off and on as an independent advisor and tiger team lead for entry, descent and landing. He was Program Manager for the Mars Science Lab Aeroshell and a member of the Independent Assessment Panel for the MSL Landing Site Selection (June, 2011), and has served as a member of EDL...
Simona E. Kelley

Simona E. Kelley

Program Manager Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems - Navigation Systems Division Mrs. Kelley has over 15 years of experience in program management, systems engineering, integration and test, and advanced technology development and product transition. She is a proven leader who has demonstrated success in leading cross-functional teams from various organizations and influencing all levels of leadership. She managed the development and demonstration of the Relative Navigation technology and the Autonomous Aerial...
Ray Kolibaba

Raymond L. Kolibaba

EAB Chair Emeritus - still active with the Board
Systems Development Operations Mission Systems Sector, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Northrop Grumman Corp 2008 – 2010, Chair, External Advisory Board, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, UCB Mr. Kolibaba has over 30 years of experience in general management, business development, program management and systems engineering for information technology systems. He is a proven leader who can achieve staff support to change culture and establish different approaches, including technology insertion reuse and COTS integration.
Elaine S. Oran

Elaine S. Oran

Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland Emeritus, US Naval Research Laboratory Dr. Oran received her A.B. in Chemistry and Physics from Bryn Mawr College and both her M.Ph. in Physics and Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. She recently retired as Emerita from the US Naval Research Laboratory after forty years, and is now at the University of Maryland. Her research...
Lanis (Lanny) Pinchuk,

Lanis (Lanny) Pinchuk

Assistant Dean of Engineering, and Director, External Relations (CU) (retired) Enlisted in 1952. Received commission and pilot¹s wings through the Aviation Cadet Program. Flew single and multi-engine jets and recips. Flight duties included 5 years flying VIPs in a Special Air Mission (SAM) squadron; flying KC and EC-135¹s in SAC; 135 combat missions in support of the 5th Special Forces in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a forward air...
Richard L. Rumpf,

Richard L. Rumpf

Rumpf Associates International Mr. Rumpf is a recognized expert in military research, advanced technologies, and defense acquisition policy and procedures. In 1990, Mr. Rumpf established Rumpf Associates International, Inc., and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rumpf has provided technical, programmatic, management services, and due diligence analysis to a litany of commercial and government (DOD and DOE) clients. He is an unmanned systems expert in all the...
Richard F. Schaden in front of a plane.

Richard F. Schaden

Richard F. Schaden PLLC An aeronautical engineer by education and an active ATP pilot, Richard F. Schaden has had a distinguished career as an international aviation and public interest trial attorney. He has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in courtroom verdicts and settlements, along with the respect of both the legal and technical communities, with over forty years of successful litigation and trial work experience. In recent years, Richard...
Scott Tibbitts

Scott Tibbitts

Managing Director SpaceDev Inc. SpaceDev Inc is an aerospace company that provides innovative microsatellites, hybrid propulsion and spacecraft mechanisms to the global aerospace industry. Mr. Tibbitts was the founder and CEO of Starsys Research Corporation in Boulder Colorado, a company created to bring a promising thermal actuator technology to the spacecraft industry, and now a world-class supplier of mechanical systems and actuators for spacecraft, with a track record of 2500...
Cornelia (Corky) Townsend,

Cornelia (Corky) Townsend

Director, Aviation Safety Boeing Commercial Airplanes As director of Aviation Safety, Corky Townsend leads all product safety activities for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, including accident investigations, continued airworthiness efforts and safety assessments for new and derivative airplanes. She also leads Boeing’s aviation safety strategy and participation in global industry safety programs. Townsend was named to the position in July 2008. Previously, Townsend was the chief project engineer for the 747 program...
Laurence R. Young,

Laurence R. Young

Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Laurence R. Young was the founding Director of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the NAS and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Young joined the MIT faculty in 1962, and co-founded the Man-Vehicle...