Science, Industry and Education Council
Dr. Philip Metzger
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Mr. John Goscha
In 2009, Mr. Goscha was named to Inc.’s “30 Under 30” list and was named one of America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs by Business Week. Mr. Goscha was also named to Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list for Technology in 2011.
IdeaPaint has won numerous awards, including the Best Innovation Award and the Best of NeoCon Gold Wall Treatment Award at the NeoCon Trade Show in Chicago in 2008. In 2011, IdeaPaint was also awarded with the New England Innovation Award by the Small Business Association of New England.
Mr. Goscha earned his B.S. in Economics and Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Mr. Ronald A. Creel
Fresh out of college, some 52 years ago, Ron Creel was thrust into a challenging and high-speed engineering task-design, test verification, and mission support for the thermal control system of a new kind of “Spacecraft with Wheels,” the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Success on this project was acknowledged by several NASA performance citations, which culminated in receipt of the Astronauts’ “Silver Snoopy” award for his LRV thermal system modeling and mission support efforts.
Dr. Himawan Gunadhi
Dr. Gunadhi holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in Management Science, and holds several appointments to teach, research, mentor, and advise university-based entrepreneurship programs. He is an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore’s Overseas Colleges, where he develops and teaches courses in lean startup methodology and venture creation to students who are sent all over the world to work at tech startups.
Dr. Gunadhi started his professional career in strategic information technology and business strategy consulting, and continues to provide advice to clients on strategic business development, corporate development, and investment due diligence.
Ms. Lisa Vestal
Patrick holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Project and Systems Management from Golden Gate University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Patrick Mullane
Before earning his MBA, Patrick served as a captain in a U.S. Air Force intelligence and space operations organization.
Patrick’s interest in space exploration began as a child. As the son of an Air Force aviator who went on to become one of the first space shuttle astronauts, Patrick grew up in the shadow of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and spent vacations at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center (including visits to Florida for his father’s three space shuttle launches between 1984 and 1990). He carried on the family tradition in the space business as a space and launch operations officer during his own time in the U.S. Air Force between 1991 and 1996.
Patrick holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Project and Systems Management from Golden Gate University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Dickson Chu
Mr. Chu is also an investor, board director and active advisor to a number of emerging companies working to redefine the next generation of payments, commerce and business services. He is currently the head of portfolio management for BBVA’s New Digital Businesses where he has overall responsibility for the governance, budget and strategic direction of BBVA’s growing portfolio of FinTech businesses such as Simple in the US, Holvi in Finland, Atom Bank in the UK, Muno in Spain and OpenPay in Mexico.
Dickson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of California. He is a board member at Ingo Money, Bluefin Payments, BoomTown and CFY.org (a non-profit that provides a digital learning platform to public middle schools); and Strategic Advisor to LoopPay (acquired by Samsung), Leapset (acquired by Sysco Foods), Sequent, Cortex MCP, Anywhere Commerce, Confirm.io, Modria and Float.
Mr. Torsten Kriening
Mr. Paul Quast
Paul Quast is a SETI scholar, independent researcher, interdisciplinary contemporary artist and communication theorist who presently lives and works within Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2012 before subsequently commencing a year-long residency in Limerick City, Ireland. In 2016, he received his Masters from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh while also working as the project director/ coordinator for the ‘A Simple Response to an Elemental Message (ASREM)‘ project; a non-for-profit, publicly-compiled interstellar radio message established to create an interdisciplinary ‘message in a bottle’ that will propagate out into the cosmos for centuries. Quast is a founding trustee and director of the ‘Beyond the Earth foundation‘; a non-for-profit, interdisciplinary enterprise which is presently developing ‘companion guide to Earth’ artefacts [alongside other vital ethics and educational activities] for geosynchronous orbit; archival elements which will aid in ‘interpretability preservation’ for the long-term, archaeological commensurability of terrestrial/ celestial information vaults.
In addition to these activities, he is also an advisor on the Memory of Mankind preservation project and an active member of both the UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN) and SETI Kingsland communities while also serving upon the ‘Humanities Council’ of Arch Mission Foundation and the ‘Archaeology, Science and Heritage Council’ of For All Moonkind.
Mr. Madhu Thangavelu
Mr. Benjamin Bonsu
He is the author of the Ghana Outer Space Act that is under review by the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology team to be passed on to the Parliament House for approval. Benjamin is member of the Birds Satellite Project and HORYU-IV satellite project initiated by the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. Benjamin is working hard for his country to sign and ratify the United Nations Outer Space Treaties and recently join the Ghana delegates to participate in the UNISPACE+50 and UN-COPUOS high level meeting which took place on 18- 29 June 2018.Benjamin has been awarded the Presidential Honorary Award by His Excellency, President Nana Akufo Addo ,the President of the Republic of Ghana in November 2017 and awarded Best Interactive Presentation Award, “Space and Society” by the International Astronautical Federation during the International Astronautical Congress September 2017 in Adelaide ,Australia. He is an FCC Amateur radio license operator (call sign KEOCND) and has won Hamsphere Bronze and Silver Award. He has established ground station network with University Space Engineering Consortium UNISEC), Info-stellar Networks to support satellite tracking and operations as it passes over Ghana Region. He is part of the planning committee of been organizing Ghana World Space Week Celebration since 2013 and now has 30 space clubs in Ghana high schools as a platform to promote STEM education, Benjamin has B.Eng. in Electronic and Communication Engineering at All Nations University in Koforidua Ghana and Master of Engineering in Space Engineering where he worked on S-band Ground System Development and Operations at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Kitakyushu, Japan. Benjamin Bonsu is currently a second year PhD student at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Kitakyushu, Japan, where he is developing a Low Cost Thermal Testing Device System for Developing countries.
Mr. Ron Wachino
Ms. Tamara Alvarez
Ms. Abbe Serphos
Previously Ms. Serphos held roles of increasing responsibility at The New York Times, Barnes & Noble, Kraft Foods, The Buoniconti Fund/the University of Miami School of Medicine and Vorhaus & Company. She began her career at Howard Rubenstein Associates.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Ms. Serphos has completed extensive MBA graduate coursework at CUNY Baruch College. She is a member of New York Women in Communications, The Wisemen and She Runs It, and serves on various boards.
Ms. Serphos lives in Manhattan with her husband and their son and daughter.
Ms. Wendy Zajack
With more than 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing, media relations and internal communications, Wendy Zajack thrives on making complex topics easy to understand, exciting and relevant to broad audiences. She spent her corporate career working for large, global technology organizations building messaging for multiple audiences and using a variety of marketing channels. She joined Georgetown University in 2016 as a faculty director and professor for two master’s level programs focusing on Integrated Marketing Communications and Design Management Communications in the School of Continuing Studies. She is an active blogger and Tweeter and enjoys speaking at industry conferences and universities about the power of branding and communications, personal branding and business marketing trends.
Ms. Kate Arkless Gray
Kate Arkless Gray (aka “@SpaceKate”) is a media strategist with experience of developing content/social media strategies and innovative projects for a range of high-level international organizations including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Wellcome Trust and the Royal Astronomical Society.
She is a qualified broadcast journalist who has written for New Scientist, i-news, Spaceflight Magazine, Which? Computing, Space:UK and more, and regularly appears on Sky News and the BBC World Service program “Digital Planet” to discuss the latest space news.
Former NASA administrator Charles Bolden called her “a true champion!” and challenged her to get more young people involved with space – something she is always keen to do.
Kate completed the International Space University Space Studies Programme in 2012 and won NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge twice in London, becoming a global winner in 2013 for the “most inspirational app.” Author of multiple papers presented IAC and a former SGAC point of contact for the UK, she also organized the UK’s first space “unconference:” SpaceUP:UK.
Ms. Khaki Rodway
Khaki Rodway handles Business Development for Masten Space Systems, specializing in engagement, marketing and management of Masten’s lunar vehicles and payload delivery services. She is a founding member of NewSpace NYC. As a new space industry business development and marketing consultant, she has worked with NanoRacks LLC, World View Experiences, and Arete STEM, a commercial space education company. For ten years she was at XCOR Aerospace, first as the technical writer and program manager for government contracts and then as Director of Payload Sales and Operations where she oversaw the marketing, sales, and operations for XCOR’s Lynx Research and Education Missions (REM) and ran the global Payload Sales Channel. She also managed contracts with NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Office of the Secretary of Defense, among other government projects.
Prior to joining XCOR, Khaki was the Operations Manager for the Borehole Research Group (BRG) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY where she administered BRG’s annual $5 Million Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) contract. She has published papers on suborbital space research, rocket engines, composite material, well-logging science, remote sensing in archaeology and heritage conservation, and historic preservation of New York City. She received an MS in Historic Preservation from the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) and a BA from Rutgers University. She also holds a Certificate from Stanford University’s Program in Novel Writing.
Dr. Alice Gorman
Dr. Alice Gorman is an internationally recognized leader in the emerging field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, the Monocle, and Archaeology magazine. She is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University and a faculty member of the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.
Dr. Gorman has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management, providing advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local councils and Native Title groups in NSW, WA, SA and Queensland. She is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.
Alice is a member of the Executive Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and a Councillor of the Anthropological Society of South Australia. She tweets as @drspacejunk.
Ms. Laura Forczyk
Prior to forming Astralytical, she ran the Florida office of international startup working to establish parabolic and suborbital flight. She has also worked as a scientific analyst for a nonprofit facilitating over 50 experiments on the International Space Station for the benefit of life on Earth. She earned a bachelor of science in astrophysics from Florida Institute of Technology and a master of science in astrophysics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She conducted doctoral studies in planetary science at the University of Central Florida.
Mr. Matt Spielman
Tenures at MTV Networks (Viacom), IAG Research (Nielsen), Moxie Interactive (Publicis Groupe), Return Path, a private equity backed data technology firm, and Morgan Stanley, provide the basis for his deep and diverse knowledge in Sales, Organizational Strategy, Digital Media, Data and Analytics, Finance, and Capital Markets.
Matt holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Economics from Columbia College. Additional studies include: Leadership Development at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Columbia University’s Executive Coaching Program.
Mr. Manuel Pimenta
His interest in Space and on the Moon can be traced back to his viewing of the live broadcast from the Moon of the first steps by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Three decades later, realizing that his dream of some day going to the Moon was no closer in the year 2000 than it had been as a ten year old watching Apollo 11’s historical mission, he decided to get involved and look for opportunities to make some contribution, no matter how insignificant those might be. He joined the Space Frontier Foundation and registered for the second Return To The Moon (RTM II) conference that the SFF was hosting in Las Vegas.
While working for the Space Frontier Foundation, he became Return To The Moon project manager, organized two Return To The Moon conferences (RTM IV and RTMV), and also served as Advocate Coordinator. Additionally, he joined ProSpace and participated in ProSpace’s “March Storm” volunteer citizen lobbying drives in Congress in Washington DC for 8 consecutive years. He also served as Vice President of the NYC chapter of the National Space Society. And he was a Founding Member of the Board of Directors for the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA).
In 2002 he founded Lunar Explorer LLC and raised private capital to develop the world’s first Virtual Reality simulation of the Moon which was called Lunar Explorer and was released to the public in 2004. His team was invited by Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of NASA JPL to present Lunar Explorer to the JPL management. He also presented Lunar Explorer at a number of Space conferences, at other NASA centers, and participated in multiple simulation and outreach workshops at NASA Ames. He has lectured at Princeton, Rutgers University and NYU on Moon Settlement. And he regularly gives presentations on the Moon and settling the Moon to k-12 classes.
He founded Virtual Moon to create a massively updated new version of Lunar Explorer capable of running on modern Virtual Reality platforms. Manny’s dream is to have millions of people visit the Moon virtually via a high impact, photorealistic simulation that is visually indistinguishable from actually being on the Moon. And to use Virtual Moon to show those millions of people a bold and inspiring vision of what our future could be as a Spacefaring Civilization.
Mr. Nova Spivack
He is a venture Partner in Rewired.ai ($100M AI and robotics venture studio), and an advisor to EES Ventures, a seed stage science and technology venture studio.
He has had several IPOs and exits, and has helped to build companies acquired by Facebook, Apple, and others. Nova is ranked as a Top LA Power Player in Technology, and among the Top 20 Futurists worldwide.
An author of dozens of patents and an expert on AI and big data analytics, Spivack also invented and patented the key technologies and applications for consumer-scale augmented reality in 2009.
Nova flew to the edge of space in 1999 with the Russian Air Force. He is a patron of the Commercial SpaceFlight Federation, an investor in Space Adventures, and the Chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, a non-profit foundation working to build archives in space and on the moon.
Spivack has advised government agencies, presidential campaigns, global corporations, top consumer brands, venture funds, and fast growing tech startups.
Mr. Dallas Bienhoff
Dr. Beth O'Leary
Dr. O’Leary is currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM where she created the cultural resource management program. She holds a B.A., Mount Holyoke College, an M.A and Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico.
From 2003 to 2011 she was appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee. She has been an expert witness in multiple historic preservation cases in federal court.
For the last 18 years she has been involved with the cultural heritage of outer space and the Moon in the field of Space Archaeology and Heritage. With a grant from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NASA) she investigated the archaeological assemblage and the heritage status of the Apollo 11 Tranquility Base site on the Moon.
In 2010, she and colleagues successfully nominated objects and structures at the Tranquility Base site to the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties and California Register of Historic Places.
In 2011, she was invited by NASA to work with a team of scientists to produce ‘NASA’s Recommendations to Space-Faring Entities: How to Protect and Preserve the Historic and Scientific Value of U.S. Government Lunar Artifacts’. In 2012, she received an award from NASA for that work.
Dr. O’Leary has chaired five international symposia on Space Archaeology and Heritage. She is a member of the World Archaeological Congress Space Heritage Task Force. As a recognized expert in this field she has been interviewed by international media, including among others: Smithsonian, National Geographic, New York Times, LA Times, NPR, Deutsche Radio, CBC, Sunlife (China), USA Today, Geo, Scientific American, and written for BBC Radio 3 and the Washington Post.
She wrote and was co-editor of The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage (CRC Taylor and Francis Press) with A. Darrin (2009); The Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space (with co-editor, P.J.Capelotti) Springer Press, (2015); and in 2017 Dr. O’Leary with L.Westwood and M.W. Donaldson wrote The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites, University Press of Florida.
Ms. Lisa Westwood
Lisa Westwood is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with 24 years of professional experience, meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for prehistoric and historical archaeologist, holding a B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and an M.A. degree in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
She is a co-founder of the Apollo 11 Preservation Task Force, a committee of preservation professionals who are working toward designation of Tranquility Base on the moon as a World Heritage site. She led the effort to list the Objects Associated with Tranquility Base on the California Register of Historical Resources and New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties, which was achieved in 2010, and has worked with members of Congress to eventually have the site designated a National Historic Landmark.
She is well-published in the field of space history, including the lead author of ‘The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites’ (2017, University Press of Florida), contributing author to ‘Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space’ (2014, Springer Press), and the author of several articles and book reviews in Space Times Magazine as well as ‘Quest: the History of Spaceflight’. She has been featured in numerous media interviews and stories all over the world, and co-authored an Op Ed for the Washington Post in 2012.
She serves as the Director of Cultural Resources at ECORP Consulting, Inc., an environmental consulting firm headquartered near Sacramento, California, and is a member of the faculty in the departments of Anthropology and Multicultural & Gender Studies at California State University-Chico, and in the department of Anthropology at Butte College.
Dr. Gary Nobles
Dr. Gary Nobles is a Post-Doctorial fellowship holder at Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations where he teaches Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and guest lectures in the Heritage course. He holds a B.Sc., Bournemouth University, M.Sc. University College London (UCL) GIS in Archaeology, Ph.D., Groningen University, spatial analysis in archaeology.
Throughout his career he has enjoyed a variety of roles, these include commercial archaeology, planning and development archaeology, research archaeology. His current research focuses on the development of new innovative data collection and analysis methodologies for archaeological and heritage research. He works extensively with 3D data capture using state-of-the-art technologies (Photogrammetry, Laser scanning, LiDAR, Satellite data) alongside web and data base technologies. In his current role under the Achilles’ Heel Project he is developing a new Archaeological Data Infrastructure in association with the Kaymakcı Archaeological Project which focuses on the interoperability of data sources and automated processing workflows. His recent publications focus on innovation of 3D technology, 3D data storage, and cultural resource management.
Dr. Claire Nelson
Before establishing The Futures Forum, Dr. Nelson held a variety of positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, over a thirty-year career which spanned strategic portfolio development; program identification and management, and institutional assessments and technical feasibility studies across a variety of sectors including: public sector modernization, private sector development, community development, and trade development. She was a thought leader in promoting Strategic Foresight in development, organizing the Bank’s first Latin America 2020 Social Development Futures Seminar Series, in 2006. She also pioneered the topic of development with equity at the IDB, helping to build the Bank’s portfolio in Black economic empowerment in Latin America. As a result of her leadership, she was honored with the IDB’s prestigious Ortiz Mena Award in 2010.
A social entrepreneur, Dr. Nelson is recognized as the Architect of the Campaign for June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month and is also the Curator of the Caribbean American Legislative Forum on Capitol Hill and White House Briefings, and the Invest Caribbean Business Conferences. Her volunteer community service has also included: American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship Review Committee; Sustainability Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers; Fundacion UNIPOP; the African American Unity Caucus of the Constituency for Africa; and the US Department of Commerce US/Caribbean Business Development Council.
Dr. Nelson, who is an award-winning writer and storyteller, holds a Bachelors and Masters in Industrial Engineering from the SUNY at Buffalo and Purdue University respectively, and a Doctorate in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. She is distinguished as the first Jamaican woman to earn a Doctorate in an Engineering discipline. Nelson who was named one of Top 100 Women Futurists in the “Twitterverse”, has received commendation in the US Congressional Record, and has also received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Purdue University, School of Industrial Engineering. Dr. Nelson was named a White House Champion of Change in 2012.
Mr. Bernie Hogya
Bernie was the creator of the iconic Milk Mustache campaign, one of the most recognized advertising platforms of all time. The campaign expanded well beyond its print origins into a multimedia powerhouse. During its 20-year run, the campaign included over 300 familiar celebrity faces and was credited with driving hundreds of millions of gallons in milk sales. Bernie’s milk Super Bowl commercial featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was named to 15 separate Top 10 “Best Of” lists.
Bernie has received numerous awards including Cannes Lion, Addy, Clio, One Show, Art Director’s Club, Communications Arts and five EFFIE’s. He is currently Managing Partner/Art at Lean&Mean, where one of his first assignments was to help name, brand and launch For All Moonkind.