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Commercial Development Team

Page history last edited by Ken Davidian 15 years, 8 months ago

NOTE: The "leader" of this team was Ken Davidian who held his final teleconference of the group on 2008 October 22. The following page is as it appeared as of that date.


The people listed on this page are members of and participate in weekly discussions about Commercial Development activities within the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate as well as across the entire agency.



Mike Amato

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 101 Building 8, Room 315 Greenbelt, MD 20771

Email: Michael.Amato@nasa.gov

Tel: 301-286-3914

Ball, Jim

Spaceport Development Manager Engineering and Operations Division Center Operations
Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL

Jim Ball is the Spaceport Development Manager for the Kennedy Space Center, leading efforts to pursue alternative source funding opportunities and pursue partnerships with the emerging commercial space sector and non-traditional customers to optimize the use of Center capabilities.  He serves in the Center Operations Directorate as Program Manager for Spaceport Development projects, including coordination with Federal, State, and local stakeholder organizations. Since 2005, he has led the effort to develop, demonstrate, and implement non-NASA use of the Shuttle Landing Facility for commercial space activities, special purpose aviation, and other compatible uses. He is also responsible for working with industry and stakeholder organizations to identify and develop opportunities to expand use of other spaceport property and facilities. He has led planning and development initiatives for Exploration Park, a planned commerce and technology park at Kennedy Space Center to enable and grow private sector participation in space exploration, support commercial space transportation, and promote commercial development of technologies for application in space and on earth. Since joining NASA in 1982, he has served in a number of management positions related to the agency’s efforts to broaden private sector involvement in space activities.  Prior to his present position, he was the Chief of the Business Development Division in the External Relations Directorate.  He previously helped promote NASA’s commercial programs initiatives during an assignment at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and then entered the private sector to direct marketing activities for SPACEHAB, Inc. He returned to NASA at KSC in 1991 to lead a revitalization of the KSC visitor program and oversee a six-year, $100 million renovation and expansion of visitor facilities that included the privately financed Apollo/Saturn V Center. Ball is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami. He resides with his family in Titusville, where he is active in community affairs. He was awarded the 2006 KSC Strategic Leadership Award for his efforts to develop commercial utilization of KSC assets. Ball has also received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal and a number of other agency awards for individual and team achievements.


Marguerite Broadwell

Directorate Integration Office, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


Joe Casas

NASA MSFC/ Science and Mission Systems Office/Executive Staff NSSTC VP- 02/ Partnership Development Executive and Center
POC: Department of Homeland Security
Off: 256-961-7717
Fax: 256-961-7772
Email: joseph.c.casas@ nasa.gov

Joe has spent more than 30 years combined in academic basic and applied research in atmospheric, imagery and information sciences, flight project operations and  management, large business program management, small business formation and executive management, entrepreneurial activities, legislative and government advisory activities and advocacy within organizations associated with space, defense and technology commercialization. He is a native “Virginian” that transplanted to Huntsville, Alabama in 2001 to work as the Agency’s only Program Industrialist and was responsible for working technology assessment, technology portfolio development, industry and government research integration, business acumen strategies, investment  approaches and legislative analysis activities associated with  the NASA Centers for the Commercial Development, the Research Partnership Centers and the Agency wide Research Integration Office organizations involved with the NASA Microgravity Research Program Office.  


Joe’s professional career includes over ten years in atmospheric research within academia including the first science missions of the Shuttle and many other science and technology validation programs as well as balloon, aircraft, free-flyer and manned flight missions where he served in various positions as instrument scientist, payload developer, science investigator, payload integration manager, flight science director and project scientist. He was the Project Manager for instrument integration of the first commercially licensed remote sensor and was the Program Manager and Project Scientist for the first commercial remote sensing experiment for a Mir mission.  Joe also led strategic aerospace and aeronautics planning in Virginia and was the Aerospace Economic Steering Council advisor for the Governor. As an entrepreneur, he has formulated many innovative relationships and Space Act partnerships with NASA and was a founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority which established the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport .


In addition, Joe was the founder and an executive officer of several non profit organizations and for profit businesses related to the use of space and technology deployment including the Virginia Space Business Roundtable, the NASA Mid Atlantic Regional Technology Transfer Center and SpaceTec. He served three NASA Administrators over ten years as a member of the NASA Advisory Council, Small Business Committee including Vice Chairman. He was a member of the COTS business committee evaluation team and of the Agency wide ISS research management study team.


Doug Craig

Directorate Integration Office, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


Ken Davidian

Lead, ESMD Commercial Development Policy, Directorate Integration Office, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

Mail Suite 7H35,Room 7Z25

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001

Tel: 202-358-0748, Fax: 202-358-3934
Email: kdavidian@nasa.gov

Ken Davidian currently works for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., leading the ESMD Commercial Development Policy efforts.


Starting in 1983, Mr. Davidian spent the first years of his career at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, working for the Space Propulsion Technology Division in the area of analytical and experimental research on the performance of liquid rocket engines.


Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Davidian was assigned by NASA to work as the Assistant Director of Operations for the Summer Session Program at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Upon his return to the center (which had been since renamed to the NASA Glenn Research Center), Mr. Davidian worked in the Plans and Programs Office.


In 2001, Mr. Davidian left government service and entered the private sector in many positions. He has worked for Paragon Space Development Corp. as a consultant in the role of Director of Operations for Cargo Lifter Development GmbH near Berlin, Germany, as Director of Operations for the X PRIZE Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, and then again for Paragon, as corporate Program Manager in Tucson, Arizona.


In 2004, a move to Washington, D.C. provided Mr. Davidian the opportunity to work on Centennial Challenges, NASA's prize program. He started as a contractor, working for WBB/DMG, and then reentered civil service when he was hired by NASA Headquarters in 2006, becoming both the Program Manager for Centennial Challenges and the ESMD Commercial Development Policy leader.


Mr. Davidian received his B.S. degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1983, and an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. He attended the International Space University as a Summer Session Program participant in 1989.


(This profile current as of 15 August 2008 from LinkedIn.com. View his most current profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/kdavidian.)


Joe Del Frate

Dryden Flight Research Center

Wallops Field, CA


Pam Denkins

Human Research Project,Space Life Sciences Directorate
NASA/JSC,MS - SA2,2101 Nasa Rd. 1,Houston, Texas 77058
Tel: 281.483.5272
Email: pamela.s.denkins@nasa.gov


Dr. Pamela Denkins’ professional career, spanning almost 40 years, has evolved in both national and international environments. She has worked for Southwestern Bell, TRW, Ford Aerospace, the City of Houston, and lived abroad in the Middle East and worked for Saudi Aramco. She currently works at JSC in the Division of Space and Life Sciences, serving as the Technical Officer and Grants Administrator for the Human Research Program Ground-based Research Initiatives. As a technical professional, she possesses experience in engineering and management, which includes environmental analyses, communications, computer security project management and technical support services. Denkins has also been featured in numerous research publications. Dr. Denkins is a graduate of TSU with a bachelor’ degree in physics, a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in environmental toxicology.

Scott Goodwin

Space Operations Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


James Grady

Chief Strategy Officer, NASA Ames Space Portal & ACES, the Alliance for Commercial Enterprises in Space, (www.alliancespace.net)

MS 555-3 NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA 94305

Email: jgrady@ mail.arc.nasa.gov


Jim Grady is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for the Alliance for Commercial Enterprises and Education in Space (ACES) which supports the Space Portal Office at NASA Ames. 


Jim has over 20 years experience in space systems integration and management. He led the Hubble Space Telescope integration with the Space Shuttle.  Jim was operations lead on the first Air Force Space Shuttle flight and on the Lockheed Martin Strategic Defense Initiative (“Star Wars”) program. 

Jim founded a satellite imagery commercial space company and led that company to profitability within two years.  He has managed international commercial space programs involving industrial participation in Norway (with Lockheed Martin), in Portugal (with General Dynamics), in Korea (with Boeing) and in many other countries.


Jim has served as chairman of the AIAA space operations committee for two terms, and served as director for the Pacific Space Center based in Hawaii.  Publications by Jim include the book, Satellite Photo-Atlas of the United States, and over a dozen papers on space systems integration and management.


Courtney Bailey Graham

Senior Attorney (Commercial), Office of the General Counsel

NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Suite 9T39, Washington, DC 20546

Phone: (202) 358-3648

Fax: (202) 358-4341


Courtney Graham is a Senior Counsel in the Commercial and Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Office of General Counsel, NASA Headquarters.

Courtney received her J.D. in 1994 from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, and was in private practice immediately prior to joining NASA, specializing in transactions relating to technology development, marketing, and acquisition.


She previously worked as Senior Intellectual Property Counsel for Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), where she focused on technology commercialization, government data rights, protection of intellectual property, infringement issues, privacy, mergers and acquisitions, and the regulation of online commerce.


She also completed internships with Commissioner Rachelle Chong at the Federal Communications Commission and with Judge Randall Rader at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.


Dave Huntsman

NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpart Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44135


Dave Huntsman is a 34-year NASA engineer with extensive experience in space operations,  system engineering and integration and large domestic and international space program management while working at several NASA Centers including the Johnson Space Center, NASA Headquarters, and most recently the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.


His positions have included Skylab flight controller; space shuttle systems and payloads flight controller for 25 shuttle flights; system engineering and program management in both the Space Shuttle and Space Station Program Offices, in the latter as head of System Engineering and Project Integration; and head of the Systems Engineering, and Engineering Design and Analysis Divisions at NASA Glenn.


He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Japan-America Society of Northeast Ohio. He received his Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and has done other studies at the University of Houston, Middlebury College, and Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently the Special Assistant for Innovative Space Systems Solutions at the NASA Glenn Research Center.


Jitendra Joshi Ph.D.

Chief Technology Advisor

Advanced Capabilities Division, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546

Tel: 202.358.5210

Email: jitendra.a.joshi@nasa.gov


Dr. Jitendra Joshi received his Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Environmental Sciences, and his MS from The University of Bombay in Microbiology and a BS from Wilson College, Bombay in Microbiology and Chemistry. His Ph.D. work was in the area of Waste processing and resource recovery in the context of Advanced Life Support for long-duration space missions.


Since 1998, Dr. Joshi has supported the Bioastronautics Division's Advanced Human Support Technology (AHST) Program in coordinating the Peer Review, as a Senior Scientist for the Advanced Life Support (ALS) discipline and Deputy Program Manager for the AHST Program.


In his recent role in as the Chief Technology Advisor for the Advanced Capabilities Division (ACD) in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, he facilitates coordination between the Exploration Technology Development, Human Research and the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Programs.


John Karcz

NASA Ames Research Center, MS 245-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035

Office: (650) 604-5174


Rebecca Keiser

Strategic Information and Management Office, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


Robert M. Kelso

Manager, Commercial Space Development

Commercial Crew & Cargo Program, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA-Johnson Space Center, Mail Code QA

Office: 281-483-5483

Email: robert.m.kelso@nasa.gov


Currently - Manager for Commercial Space Development in the Commercial Crew & Cargo Program Office. Responsible for leading strategic connections between NASA interests and industry/market interests relative to the NASA Vision / return to the Moon.


30+ years at NASA Johnson Space Center. Spent 12 years as Space Shuttle Flight Director in the Mission Control Center for 25 Space Shuttle missions. Served over 2-1/2 years as the Deputy Director for Safety and Mission Assurance.


Awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and  NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Degree in Physics from Austin College and an MBA from University of Houston – Clear Lake.


Steve Lambing

Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL


Steve Lambing is currently an advanced planning analyst in the Marshall Space Flight Center Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications.  He is responsible for implementation and administration of a customer relationships management system and the new work acquisition process for the Center.  He is also the Center’s COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation System) Technical Point of Contact and Manager.


Previously, Steve was Deputy for Management of the Space Partnership Development Program for five years.  The SPD Program consisted of twelve Research Partnership Centers, partnering with industry, academia, not-for-profits and other governmental entities, conducting common-interest applied research using space as a laboratory and advancing NASA’s mission.  Before becoming Deputy, Steve managed most of the Research Partnership Centers for the Marshall Space Flight Center.


Steve’s experience also includes strategic analysis for NASA while working at the Agency’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, and chief engineering for the International Space Station Payload Software Integration and Verification.  He lead software engineering for Orbital Mission Planning software used on Shuttle and SpaceLab missions, and provided real-time console support and Orbital Analysis Engineering for several of those missions as well.  Providing support to microgravity researchers on board NASA’s reduced gravity KC-135 aircraft is one of his more memorable adventures.


Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Steve is the recipient of a Marshall Space Flight Center Director’s Commendation and a Silver Snoopy Award.


Kimberly W. Land

Public Affairs, Outreach and Education Manager

Exploration Technology Development Program, (Tessada & Associates, Inc.)

NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681

Tel: 757-864-9885


Kathy Laurini

NASA Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX  77058

Tel: 281.244.8516

Email: kathy.laurini-1@nasa.gov


Rich Leshner

Directorate Integration Office, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


Lisa Lockyer

Chief, Technology Partnerships Division

NASA Ames Research Center

Email: Lisa.L.Lockyer@nasa.gov


Lisa Lockyer is Chief of the Technology Partnerships Division at NASA Ames Research Center. The Division is responsible for managing intellectual property, marketing technologies and partnership opportunities, and assisting in the structure, development and execution of deals with external partners. Lisa Lockyer has served as division chief for a year.


Prior to this position, she worked in the NASA Research Park division, planning the transformation of Moffett Field into a shared-use research and education center. Lisa earned a B.A. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1993. Prior to joining NASA Ames in 1998, she practiced criminal law as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County.


George C. Madzsar

Strategic Capabilities Assets Program, Office of Infrastructure & Administration

NASA Headquarters, 300 E. Street SW, Washington, DC  20546

Tel: 202-358-7326

Program Manager, Zero-G Contract

BME Cleveland State University 1985

MSME Cleveland State University 1986


Gary Martin

Director, New Ventures and Communications Directorate (Code V)

Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA


Mark Nall

Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL


Mark Nall has been the manager of NASA's Space Partnership Development Program at Marshall Space Flight Center for over five years. This program, comprised of 12 Research Partnership Centers, specializes in industry, academia and governmental research partnerships that bring the best talent and resources to bear on problems of common interest. Previous to this assignment, he managed 10 Research Partnership Centers from Marshall Space Flight Center.


Before joining MSFC, Mr. Nall spent 5 years at NASA Headquarters in the Office of Commercial Programs. At NASA Headquarters, he was the Program Manager for the commercial development of large-scale space infrastructure. This included the Commercial Middeck Augmentation Module contract that was awarded to Spacehab to provide additional research capability on the Space Shuttle for industrial payloads.


Before joining NASA in 1989, Mr. Nall was a captain in the United States Air Force Systems Command, where he served as a research pilot flying Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft, and as a Project Manager for test support of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile.


Andy Petro

Innovative Partnerships Program Office

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


Bruce Pittman

Director of Flight Project

Commercial Space Portal/ACES

MS 555-3, NASA Research Park, Moffett Field CA 94035

Tel: 650 604-4655


Bruce Pittman is a founding member of the Alliance for Commercial Enterprises is the Director, Flight Project in the Space and the NASA Space Portal for Enterprise and Commerce at the Ames Research Center.  He has been involved in high technology product development, project management and system engineering for over 30 years.  He spent 11 years working at the NASA Ames Research Center working on a number of flight projects including Pioneer Venus, IRAS, and several advanced studies programs.  He has worked with NASA as a consultant on a number of projects including the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (2006-2007), High Speed Civil Transport (1997-1998), the Lunar/Mars program (1989-1991) and the Space Shuttle Processing (1987-1988). 


Bruce he has also been a founder and member of the startup team in a number of  early growth companies including SpaceHab, Kistler Aerospace, New Focus, Product Factory, Prometheus II Ltd., Industrial Sound and Motion and most recently, TransGeneos Inc.


Bruce has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.  Bruce is currently President of the Silicon Valley Space Club. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Concurrent Product Development.  Bruce is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and founder and first chairman of the System Engineering Technical Committee.  In addition to his technical work Bruce is also a member adjunct faculty in the Santa Clara University Graduate Engineering School.


Dr. Daniel J. Rasky

Director, Space Portal, Senior Staff Scientist

NASA Ames Research Center, M/S 555-3, Moffett Field, CA 94035

Phone/fax: (650) 604-1098/4666


Dr. Daniel J. Rasky is the Co-Founder and current Director for the NASA Ames Space Portal for Enterprise and Commerce, whose mission is to “Be a friendly front door for emerging and non-traditional space companies”.  He is an internationally recognized expert on advanced entry systems and thermal protection materials and systems, and is a Senior Scientist in the Space Technology Division at NASA Ames, with 20 years of experience in advanced entry systems and materials for NASA (15 years) and the US Air Force (5 years).   Dr. Rasky has made significant contributions to flight hardware on seven NASA missions, including co-inventing a new heat shield material (PICA) which enabled the NASA Stardust comet sample return mission, and is currently a lead candidate for NASA’s new Orion crew return vehicle.


Dr. Rasky was a member of the Dr. Mike Griffin’s Exploration Systems Architecture Studies, was a Board Member for the Mars Exploration Rover Design Review, and is a Board Member for the Sandia Laboratories Prompt Global Strike Program.  


Dr. Rasky is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, twelve NASA Group Awards, and eight Space Act Awards.  He has 6 patents, 50 publications, is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and Senior Member of the ASME


Josh Scherbenski

MBA, M. Eng.

Innovative Partnerships Program

NASA Ames Research Center


Josh Scherbenski is a Technology Transfer Specialist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Commercial Program Office.  He currently is on a detail assignment with the Innovative Partnerships Program at NASA Headquarters where he leads projects specializing in innovation exchange with industry.

Prior to working with the Commercial Program Office, Mr. Scherbenski worked as a Systems Engineer also at JPL. There he served with Team X, a collaborative design group, and focused on risk mitigation in Pre-Phase A planetary mission designs.


Mr. Scherbenski received his B.S. in Astrophysics and Mathematics specializing in computers from UCLA in 2002. In 2004, he received his Master of Engineering in Space Systems from the University of Michigan; and in 2006, he received an MBA from the University of Pepperdine. Mr. Scherbenski is also currently a student at the George Washington University studying International Science and Technology Policy.


Jim Schier

Space Communications and Navigation Office, Space Operations Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


James Schier is Sr. Space Communications Architect in NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Office at NASA Headquarters.  He leads agency-wide systems engineering trade studies and analyses; defines the systems engineering and architecting management approach; and coordinates technology, standardization, and development activities defining the evolution of NASA’s space communications networks (Space Network/Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, Near Earth Network, and Deep Space Network). 


In 2006-2007, he led the definition of NASA’s lunar communication and navigation architecture as part of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate’s Lunar Architecture Team and co-led the corresponding effort on the Mars Architecture Team.  Previously, he led agency studies for the Moon and Mars from 2010-2030 as part of NASA’s Space Communications Architecture Working Group.  He also leads the multi-agency civil government space communications definition of the Transformational Communications Architecture (TCA).


He joined NASA in 2004 after 25 years in industry.  He worked for Northrop Grumman supporting the National Reconnaissance Office’s Deputy Director of System Engineering where he was responsible for system-of-systems architecting and engineering for interoperability.  He also led system engineering tasks on commercial satellite systems including Iridium and Thuraya. Mr. Schier was Avionics Manager and Chief System Engineer on the International Space Station at Grumman.  Prior to this at TRW, Mr. Schier managed flight software development on the MILSTAR Communications Payload and received a Silver Snoopy award for his work on Spacelab-3 Materials Processing in Space experiments in crystal growth.


In his spare time, he is a docent providing guided tours and lectures to the public on our future in space at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.  He believes in the Gospel according to Gene Roddenberry and the ability to save Tinker Bell if you clap hard enough.


Greg Schmidt

Associate Director for Strategic Planning, Science Directorate, Code S

MS 19-25, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA  94035

voice:        650-604-2611                                  

fax:     650-604-2112                                 

email:  gschmidt@mail.arc.nasa.gov                  



Schmidt serves as the Associate Director for Strategic Planning in the Astrobiology and Space Research Directorate at Ames Research Center.  He is responsible for developing new initiatives in support of NASA's biological research programs, in both Fundamental Biology and Astrobiology.  Mr. Schmidt led the development of the Generations initiative, which was included as part of the President's budget request for the current fiscal year.


Previously, Mr. Schmidt led the development of the then-new field of Astrobiology, chairing the Astrobiology Roadmap team and commissioning numerous national-level studies and workshops in support of this new scientific field. 


Mr. Schmidt served at NASA headquarters in the mid 1990s, where he started two new programs in technology development and oversaw a partnership with the National Cancer Institute employing NASA and DOD technologies in the early detection of breast cancer. 


Mr. Schmidt also managed the first international Spacelab payload with the Japanese and led development of a general-purpose biological experiment facility which was flown successfully four times on the Spacelab. Greg Schmidt is a leader in space exploration and astrobiology with NASA Ames Research Center.


John Schubert

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH


Robert J. Shaw

Chief, New Business and Partnership Office

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Office    (216)977-7135

FAX    (216)977-7133


Dr. Robert J. Shaw is Chief of the New Business and Partnership Office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration¹s Glenn Research Center (GRC).

His position entails providing executive leadership for advocacy, planning, and execution of all Center partnerships with other Government agencies, academia, and industry that support GRC¹s contributions to the NASA mission and lead to the  development of new business opportunities outside NASA for  GRC.


As part of his role relative to strategic partnerships, he currently serves on leadership teams for the following interagency collaboration focused groups:


-Aircraft Icing Research Alliance (vice chair person)

-Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance (chair person)

-Interagency Advanced Power Group 


Bette Siegel

Strategic Information and Management Office, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


Nick Skytland

Johnson Space Flight Center, Houston, TX


John Smith

Deputy Chief, Entrepreneurial Initiatives Division (Code VP)

Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA


Phil Smith

ACES, Moffet Field, CA


Tim Smith

Propulsion and Cryogenics Advanced Development, Deputy Project Manager

NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, 21000 Brookpark Rd.  MS 86-8, Cleveland, OH   44135

Office    216.977.7546


Mary Stevens


NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


Dennis Stone

Commercial Crew & Cargo Program, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA Johnson Space Center


Dennis Stone is Assistant Manager for Commercial Space Development of NASA’s Commercial Crew & Cargo Program in Houston.  He leads efforts to support the emerging commercial space transportation industry.  He chaired the Business Committee of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) phase one competition which led to NASA’s $500 million COTS investment decisions.  He also led negotiations resulting in Space Act Agreements with the Program’s unfunded partners.


Prior to supporting COTS, Mr. Stone had 20 years experience in NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) Program.  His ISS positions included Manager of Avionics Integration and Chief System Engineer of the Assured Crew Return Vehicle.  A longtime advocate of building NASA-industry partnerships, Mr. Stone led NASA’s Private Sector Cooperation Initiative and cochaired the ISS Commercialization Working Group.


Prior to joining NASA, he supported Shuttle-Payload integration for Rockwell, and designed digital electronics and wrote software for McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. and Ford Aerospace & Communications Corp.  He earned degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii.

Active professionally, Mr. Stone has served for 25 years as volunteer President of the World Space Week Association which globally coordinates World Space Week October 4-10 annually.  He is also an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. 


Marc Timm

Constellation Systems Division, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

NASA Headquarters, 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001 


Rheal P. Turcotte, PhD

Business Development Manager, Innovative Partnerships Program

NASA Langley Research Center


Rheal (Ray) Turcotte joined NASA-Langley in 2000, to support technology transfer and business development efforts as their technology marketing manager. He created the centers first “new business” team, developed the centers first technology transfer business plans, and recently developed the center’s first plan for customer relationship management, now being implemented. For the past few years he has been part of the Advanced Planning and Partnership Office and serves as liaison to the Research and Technology Directorate, which conducts about ½ of all research at LaRC. He is a member of the Innovative Partnerships Program team at LaRC. He leads or supports various business development initiatives and for the past year has focused on exploration and commercial space markets while leading LaRC and some HQ outreach/technology transfer events in crosscutting technology areas such as advanced materials or sensors and controls.

Dr. Turcotte began his career at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where during 15 years he was a technical leader, then manager of the Materials Chemistry section and authored over 35 journal publications. He left PNNL to be vice-president and co-founder of Photon Sciences Inc in Seattle, WA.  He was then associate director of an applied research institute at Northwestern University and helped grow that organization from 10 staff to 100 employees over a 6 year period. In 1994, under funding by the US Department of Commerce, the State of Illinois and the city of Chicago, he was invited to establish, as President, a new non-profit company – the Chicago Manufacturing Center, which continues to provide technical and business services to small and mid-sized manufacturers in northern Illinois.

Ray holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Arizona State University and a BS in Chemistry from Niagara University.


Amy E. Voigt

NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024

202-358-1043 (direct)


Amy Voigt was the Directorate Lead Counsel for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.  She has served in this capacity from August 2006 to July 2008.


She received her law degree from Florida State University in 2000 and joined NASA as an attorney-advisor at the Johnson Space Center upon graduation.  Her practice areas included Government contracts, Space Act agreements, ethics, environmental and real property law, labor and employment law, fiscal law, and administrative law.  While at the Johnson Space Center, she was also appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas to assist the U.S. Attorney's office in representing the U.S. in a Title VII employment discrimination case before the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas.


She served as legal counsel to the mishap investigation team that led recovery of the Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew after it broke apart in 2003 and co-authored an article that reviewed the different emerging issues encountered during the aftermath of Columbia. The article, “First Hand Account of Selected Legal Issues from the Recovery and Investigation of the Space Shuttle Columbia,” was published in the May 2004 edition of the Mississippi Journal of Space Law.  She was named NASA's first recipient of the Office of General Counsel's Rising Star Award in 2004 for excellence as an attorney less than 5 years out of law school.  She is a member of the Florida Bar and American Bar Association.


Long P. Yip

Customer Relations Manager for Commercial Space Transportation, Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate

NASA Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 449, Building 1209, Room 157, Hampton, VA , 23681-2199

Office: 757-864-3866

FAX: 757-864-1649


Long Yip is currently serving as the Customer Relations Manager for Commercial Space Transportation at the NASA Langley Research Center.  In this position, Long is responsible at Langley for developing new business opportunities with the Commercial Space Transportation community in pursuit of NASA Strategic Goal 5 – Encourage the pursuit of appropriate partnerships with the emerging commercial space sector.  As part of this assignment, Long coordinates with the Langley Center Leadership Council and other Langley organizations including the mission directorates, Office of Chief Counsel, and the partnership and planning office.  Recently, Long sponsored the “Commercial Space Transportation Workshop: Developing Space Vehicle Technologies” in Hampton, VA, on Aug 1-2, 2007. Several NASA Centers (Ames, Glenn, Goddard/WFF, Kennedy, and Marshall) and NASA HQ participated along with representatives from 21 companies and 8 other entities.  At this workshop, NASA participants provided a message that it is ready to support the development and growth of the Commercial Space Transportation industry, and this message was well received by industry participants.


In addition to this position, Long serves as New Business Manager in the Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at Langley.  In this position, Long manages new business developments and supports strategic planning in the directorate along the NASA mission areas. Prior to this assignment, Long served as a project manager in the Vehicle Systems Program in the Aeronautics Research and Missions Directorate, where he managed projects investments in experimental and computational flow physics; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); and other analysis, design, and simulation tools and test techniques that enabled advanced, efficient vehicle design.  Long is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has over 38 years of service with the federal government (35 years with NASA). 



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