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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...
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 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,...
Robert (Bob) Canty

Robert (Bob) Canty

Vice President, Constellation Management and Protection Raytheon Intelligence & Space Bob is vice president for Constellation Management and Protection, a product line within Raytheon Intelligence & Space. CMP is a portfolio of programs that develops, integrates, deploys, operates and sustains large-scale space battle management, constellation mission planning, C2 and communication solutions for intelligence and DoD space customers. With more than 30 years of Raytheon Technologies experience, Bob has deep knowledge...
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
Director & Chief Engineer, Commercial Civil Space 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 systems engineering...
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...
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...
Dava Newman

Dava Newman

Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Dr. Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member in Cambridge, MA. She is also a MacVicar Faculty Fellow (a chair for making significant contributions to undergraduate education); and was the former Director of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT (2003–2015); and Director...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...