Scheduled for 16-18 November 2020 in Las Vegas, ASCEND “is designed to be the world’s first outcomes-focused, transdisciplinary conference designed to accelerate the building of our off-world future.” AIAA “is working with the space industry leaders on ASCEND’s Guiding Coalition, including representatives from Lockheed Martin, the Aerospace Corporation, United Launch Alliance, and the University of Colorado Boulder, among many others, to build and launch ASCEND.” Clay is also the founder and Chairman of the Future Space Leaders Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the career development of young space and satellite industry professionals. 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. Prior to joining Blue, Rob was a Senior Program Manager at Kistler Aerospace. Launched by AIAA, ASCEND isn’t just a technical conference or a business networking event. Before SLS, Chilton served as program manager for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Later, she acted as a special advisor to the NASA Astronaut Office before her appointment as Boeing Chief Scientist for Commercial Utilization of the ISS. Rob oversaw the steady growth of Blue Origin from 2003 to 2018, building the company from its founding into a more than 1500-person organization. Rob was awarded the Space Flight Award by the American Astronautical Society in 2017 for his accomplishments at Blue Origin. Before his NASA work, he served as science and space programs branch chief at the White House Office of Management and Budget. From 2003 to 2005, he served as assistant associate administrator for the Space Shuttle Program in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Scheduled for 16-18 November 2020 in Las Vegas, ASCEND “is designed to be the world’s first outcomes-focused, transdisciplinary conference designed to accelerate the building of our off-world … I can’t think of a better match for our company and for our Space organization, and I am thrilled to have Jim join my senior leadership team.”. Lightfoot serves on the University of Alabama Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. The College is asserting a leadership role and voice in: developing intellectually curious and socially conscious minds; collaboratively solving societal big problems, based on a strong foundation of breakthrough interdisciplinary research and forward-looking academic-industry partnerships; and promoting an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good. Get funding, make an investment, find a new job, or sign a contract. Prior to that, Maser held a number of roles within Pratt & Whitney between 2006 and 2017, including vice president of the F135 engine program and president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, where he was responsible for the design, manufacture and performance of power and propulsion systems across numerous platforms. For 13 years (2000–2013), Stofan was vice president and senior scientist at Proxemy Research, a consulting firm in the Washington area specializing in planetary research. Kay has a B.S. In 1994, Stofan became JPL’s chief scientist for the New Millennium Program where she managed a team of about 100 scientists working on new technologies. Be the first to know about program updates, new speakers, promotions, and more. Being at ASCEND. In December 2000, Gerstenmaier was named deputy manager, ISS Program, and two years later became manager. In 2006, he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives, and in 2010 and 2016, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executives -- the highest honors attainable for federal government work. In 1998, Gerstenmaier was named manager, Space Shuttle Program Integration, responsible for the overall management, integration, and operations of the Space Shuttle Program. Lightfoot received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1986 from the University of Alabama. He previously served as president of James G. Advisors, LLC, a strategy, leadership and technical execution consulting firm. Benzinga reports that the ASCEND (Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery) event officially launched Tuesday. She has also served as a senior advisor to NASA, the DoD, and the FAA. From 2005 to 2008, while still in the Air Force, Dr. Kennedy served as a program manager at DARPA, where he created and managed efforts around spacecraft and satellite servicing, advanced space power and propulsion systems, and innovative space technologies. ASCEND retains all the best parts of the AIAA SPACE Forum experience. Newman is the author of Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design and has >300 publications. Ellen R. Stofan joined the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as the John and Adrienne Mars Director in April 2018. Full Story (Benzinga), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics12700 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 200Reston, VA  20191-5807800-639-AIAA (2422), Oct 23, 2019, 11:03 AM Maser is the immediate past president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and currently serves on the association’s board of trustees. From 2017 until he became the SDA Director, Dr. Kennedy was the Director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). ASCEND is built on the belief that every member of the space community has something in common: a commitment to human exploration, interest in the effective utilization of space resources, and a focus on the long-term sustainability of the space enterprise. He also received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1996 for significant contributions to NASA's mission. Under Dean Gallimore’s ME 2020 strategic vision, Michigan Engineering is committed to becoming the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. In this role, he was responsible for the education and welfare of some 3300 graduate students and 200 postdoctoral fellows, and for overseeing a research enterprise that exceeded $200M annually in expenditures. In this role, Bruno serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations. Chilton began his career with Boeing in 1984 as a turbo machinery development engineer at the Rocketdyne division in Canoga Park, Calif. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation. Chilton assumed this role in April 2018 as BDS announced a new operating structure to sharpen focus on key markets and move faster to meet customers’ needs. Her research in multidisciplinary aerospace biomedical engineering investigates human performance across the spectrum of gravity, including space suits, life support and astronaut performance. The Space and Launch portfolio includes the International Space Station; the CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle; NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS); government and commercial satellite systems; and Boeing’s participation in United Launch Alliance. Previously, Kay was the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development where she was responsible for growing the Space business with a comprehensive strategy to develop new markets and expand core mission areas. In this role as senior vice president of the Space Business Unit, Maser will oversee all NASA programs, defense and commercial launch systems, advanced space and launch strategy programs, and in-space propulsion system programs supported by sites throughout the country. Facktor brings over 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current role. From 2011-2013, Dean Gallimore was associate dean for research and graduate education. Rob earned a B.S. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. 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. Dr. Gallimore’s term as Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering began in July 2016. AIAA Journal; Journal of Aerospace Information Systems; Journal of Air Transportation; Journal of Aircraft; Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics; Journal of Propulsion and Power ; Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets; Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer; Browse All Journals; Browse All Virtual Collections; Books. He holds several patents. AIAA is committed to empowering the future space economy. At IAC 2019 in October, we hosted a panel of space industry founders for a discussion on lessons learned from space startups. Her latest research with Gui Trotti includes Earth Speaks™ – an open source platform of curated space data that applies AI to help accelerate actions and solutions to help regenerate Earth’s oceans, land and climate. During this time, he provided programmatic direction for the integration and operation of the ISS, space communications, and space launch vehicles. Before joining Intelsat, Kay helped launch government services business units at both G2 Satellite Solutions and Verestar. As the leader of Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he was responsible for managing sales, marketing, strategy, communications and government relations activities in the region. They have two children. Rob Meyerson is the Executive Producer of ASCEND and leads the Guiding Coalition. Her favorite mission was Cassini, primarily because of her interest in Titan. Beginning in 1988, Gerstenmaier headed the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) Operations Office, Systems Division at the Johnson Space Center. More recently she was Senior Policy Advisor to International Space Station National Laboratory. Join world class thought leaders to share your research, solve problems, and set a vision for the future of the space community. While finishing her doctoral degree, Stofan joined the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) as a post-doctoral fellow and became the deputy project scientist for the Magellan Mission to Venus. He has graduated 40 Ph.D. students and 14 master’s students, and has written more than 360 publications on electric propulsion and plasma physics. It’s the center of gravity for the space community—bringing technical and business leaders together to solve problems that affect our entire planet and beyond. Her BioSuit™ has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, American Museum of Natural History, Victoria and Albert and Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. ASCEND Executive Producer. Gerstenmaier is the recipient of numerous awards, including three NASA Certificates of Commendation, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, a Senior NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and Distinguish Executive Presidential Rank Award. Dr. Dittmar resides in Washington, D.C. Office of the Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering. From 2005 to 2011, he served as an associate dean at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, where he developed and implemented programs in engineering, the physical sciences and mathematics. He is married to the former Marsha Ann Johnson. He co-founded MCubed, a real-time seed-funding program for high-risk, multidisciplinary research–now adopted University-wide. Earlier in her career, she was chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation. Prior to Pratt & Whitney, Maser served in several other high-profile roles, including president and general manager at Boeing-led Sea Launch company, and president and chief operating officer at SpaceX. He is also a member of the Applied Physics faculty. Prior to Planet, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA, where he helped build the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). His responsibilities now span the company's government business development efforts in the civil and national security space markets, insurance, regulatory affairs, and launch licensing portfolios, as well as SpaceX's domestic and international policy agenda for both the launch services and satellite business sectors.