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Vanessa Aponte Williams

Vanessa Aponte Williams

Human Spaceflight Exploration Senior Manager of Advanced Programs, Commercial Civil Space Lockheed Martin Dr. Vanessa Aponte Williams is the Human Spaceflight Exploration Senior Manager of Advanced Programs, Commercial Civil Space, at Lockheed Martin. She has close to 20 years of experience in the Aerospace Industry, primarily devoted to human spaceflight and systems engineering. Her current role is two-fold: to actively participate in the development of Lockheed Martin’s strategy for deep...
Ron Blackwelder

Ron F. Blackwelder

EAB Chair Emeritus - still active with the Board
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, Space Systems General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group Mr. Burgess is vice president of Space Systems at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) in Centenniel Colorado. Mr. Burgess is responsible for the operational execution and growth of an expanding portfolio of miniature, small and medium satellite system solutions, and space technologies across GA-EMS facilities located in Colorado, Alabama, Virginia and California. Space Systems and operates space capabilities for NASA, NOAA,...
Bonnie Dunbar

Bonnie Dunbar

John and Bea Slattery Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Dr. Dunbar is a retired NASA astronaut, engineer and educator, currently with Texas A&M Engineering as a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) John and Bea Slattery Chair in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Dunbar, who is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, came to Texas A&M from the University of Houston where...
Jack Elston

Jack Elston

Founder and CEO Black Swift Technologies LLC Jack received two MS degrees and his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder, and continues to work in the Boulder area as CEO and co-founder of Black Swift Technologies, recognized for delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) capable of flying scientific payloads in demanding atmospheric environments (high-altitude, corrosive particulates, and strong turbulence). Black Swift's purpose-built scientific aerial platforms...
Greg R. Enders

Greg R. Enders

EAB Chair Emeritus - still active with the Board
Director (retired) EAB Chair 2012-2014 Systems Engineering and Mission Operations Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company 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 in Naval Intelligence. His first real engineering job was with Lockheed Martin,...
Mohamed Gad-el-Hak

Mohamed Gad-el-Hak

The Inez Caudill Eminent Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia Received his Ph.D. in fluid mechanics from Johns Hopkins University in 1973. He has since taught and conducted research at University of Southern California, University of Virginia, University of Notre Dame, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, Université de Poitiers, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Technische Universität München, and Technische Universität Berlin. Gad-el-Hak also...

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
Chuck Hull

Charles Hull

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer 3D Systems Corporation Chuck is the inventor of the solid imaging process known as stereolithography, the first commercial 3D printing technology. With the founding of 3D Systems in 1986 he initiated the 3D printing industry and continues to lead it today with cutting edge innovations in state of the art production 3D printers that are changing the game of manufacturing. He is a named inventor...
Steven D. Jolly

Steven D. Jolly

Current Chair
Chief Engineer, Business Innovation, Transformation and Enterprise Excellence (BITEE) 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...
Lauren Kessler

Lauren Kessler

Principal Staff, Lincoln Laboratory Engineering Division, MIT Lauren J. Kessler is Principal Staff in the Lincoln Laboratory Engineering Division. Her focus is on initiatives in verifying and validating complex and autonomous systems, advancing systems engineering and software engineering practices, and furthering mission-specific interdivisional partnerships in autonomy, unmanned systems, and human-embedded systems. Prior to joining the Laboratory in 2021, Ms. Kessler was a member of the technical staff at Draper Laboratory,...
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.
Dean Misterek

Dean Misterek

Head of Systems Engineering and Vehicle Architect Blue Origin Dean Misterek and his team provide system-level architecture and design solutions for Blue Origin’s reusable launch vehicle and space programs. Misterek was a key member of Blue Origin’s team that designed, built, and flew the first rocket to space that returned to land vertically for reuse. Prior to joining Blue Origin, Misterek served as Chief Engineer at Kistler Aerospace. He began...
Erica Rodgers

Erica Rodgers

Federal Aerospace Engineer with a Focus on Government-Wide Collaboration Dr. Erica Rodgers leads Science and Technology Partnerships within NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. Rodgers establishes government-wide collaboration frameworks in technology areas where interagency teamwork is beneficial. She leads coordination and facilitation of partner dialog, collection of data, and data analysis. Resulting recommendations are used to advise and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy. Rodgers previously served as an...
Aaron Rosengren

Aaron Rosengren

Assistant Professor, University of California San Diego Dr. Rosengren received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2014. He served as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow for the European Union Asteroid and Space Debris Network, Stardust, from 2014 to 2016, at the Institute of Applied Physics Nello Carrara of the Italian National Research Council. In 2017, Dr. Rosengren worked at the Aristotle University of...
Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Vice President and General Manager Systems Engineering Solutions Ball Aerospace As Vice President and General Manager of the Systems Engineering Solutions strategic business unit, Steve is responsible for all aspects of Systems Engineering Solutions nationwide operations and contract performance. Steve joined Ball in 2011 serving in a number of roles before assuming his current responsibilities. Steve retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2011 after serving...
Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

Vice President, Space Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Raytheon Intelligence and Space William “Bill” Sullivan is vice president of Space Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance for Raytheon Intelligence and Space, a Raytheon Technologies business. He assumed the position in 2021 and is responsible for a $1.7B ground portfolio across multiple customers and domains. Previously, Sullivan was vice president of the Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System program from 2015 through 2020...
Richard Truly

Richard Truly

Vice Admiral U.S. Navy, (Ret.) Richard Truly, former astronaut and NASA Administrator, served as Director of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Vice President of the Georgia Institute of Technology. His Navy career in aviation and space spanned 35 years. A naval aviator, experimental test pilot and astronaut, he logged over 6,800 flight hours and made over 300 carrier-arrested landings, day and night. Truly’s astronaut career included...
Jen Uchida

Jennifer Uchida

Manager, Test and Evaluation AeroTEC, Inc. Jen Uchida graduated from the University of Colorado in 2005 with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in aerospace engineering. Following graduation, she accepted a position with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) as a civilian flight test engineer for the Marine Corps in Patuxent River, MD. There she supported the experimental flight testing of the V-22 Osprey, deploying several new and lifesaving capabilities to...
Todd Wantuch

Todd Wantuch

Fellow, Northrop Grumman Todd graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994. Since graduating he has spent the majority of the last 2+ decades with Orbital Sciences Corporation (now Northrop Grumman) pioneering disruptive approaches across a diverse portfolio of space projects from upstart commercial to launch vehicles to major US Government space programs. He initially worked on the ORBCOMM “little LEO” commercial...