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Hear directly from a mix of diverse NASA speakers - from the Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, to our Program Executive, Jenn Gustetic, this event brings you direct access to leaders and technical contacts.
Lynn Harper
NASA Strategic Integration Advisor to ISS National Lab
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Lynn Harper

NASA Strategic Integration Advisor to ISS National Lab

Lynn Harper is currently Strategic Integration Advisor to the International Space Station National Laboratory (America’s first National Laboratory in space), Lead of Integrative Studies for the NASA Ames Research Center Space Portal, Challenge Administrator of NASA’s Vascular Tissue Centennial Challenge, and Technical Monitor of five SBIR in space manufacturing investigations planned for flight on the ISS over the next three years.

Lynn Harper was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal for her role as initiating founder of the science of Astrobiology and her service as the first Lead for Astrobiology Advanced Concepts and Technologies and NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for career contributions. She is one of the initiating founders of NASA Space Portal, a consortium to promote commercial space development for public benefit, as well as Lunar University and International Lunar Research Park concepts to support permanent human presence on other worlds in a manner that provides multiple benefits for humanity.

Lynn Harper served as Co-Lead of the Space Commercial Laboratory Applications (SCoLA) Working Group which focused on leveraging commercial capabilities to broaden the uses of space for public benefit; and as Deputy Project Manager for the Commercial Re-Usable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) Project with a special focus on making space as familiar a tool of the American classroom as the microscope.

For several years, she was the Acting Chief and Deputy Chief of the Advanced Life Support Division at NASA Ames and oversaw the development of air and water regeneration systems that are now leading candidates for Space Station upgrades and bioregenerative life support projects that, among other things, produced world record wheat yields using hydroponics techniques. These technologies, which were designed to sustain human activities in environments where there were few, if any, resources available to support life, had broad applications to terrestrial problems. Technology transfer was a key part of this endeavor and led to the development of Bloom Energy.

Lynn Harper served as Study Team Leader for Life Sciences, Life Support, and EVA on NASA's 90-Day Study for Human Exploration of the Moon and Mars; was a member of NASA’s Decadal Planning Team for Exploration as well as the NASA Space Architect Team that provided the technical foundation for the President’s Vision for Space Exploration.

Lynn Harper was the Program Manager for Advanced Missions and Special Projects in the Space Life Sciences Division at NASA Headquarters between 1986-89. During her tenure she initiated, established and managed the Controlled Ecological Life Support System Flight Program and the Exobiology Flight Program. She Served as Program Manager (at NASA HQ) and Deputy Project Manager (at NASA Ames) for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Project (SETI).

Lynn Harper has been instrumental in the development of science instrument programs for Space Shuttle, Space Station and unmanned planetary exploration spacecraft as well as computer and radio telescope development and applications programs for SETI.

She was the first to support the development of aerogel instruments to collect intact fragments of cosmic dust, an investment that enabled the Stardust Mission and the first recovery of pristine samples from a comet. Lynn Harper has a deep commitment to education and has initiated and managed several pioneering educational projects for teachers and students using space to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Lindsay Aitchison
NASA SBIR/STTR MD Representative, HEOMD

Lindsay Aitchison

NASA SBIR/STTR MD Representative, HEOMD

Lindsay Aitchison is the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate Representative (MDR) for NASA SBIR/STTR program. In addition to serving as the MDR, Lindsay Aitchison is the Program Executive for Exploration Extravehicular Activity (EVA) at NASA Headquarters supporting the Artemis program to send the first woman and next man to lunar surface. Prior to transferring to NASA Headquarters in 2017, Lindsay Aitchison served as a leader within the EVA technology development community, in various roles including Systems Engineering and Integration Lead for the EVA System Maturation Team, Deputy Project Manager for Advanced EVA Development, and Manager for the High Performance EVA Glove development activity within NASA’s Game Changing Development Program.

As a technical expert for EVA, Lindsay Aitchison has participated in numerous mission and vehicle architecture studies to assess agency readiness for exploration missions. The outcome of these studies led to the development and implementation of specialized technology development roadmaps that are used to guide Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate technology investments. Lindsay Aitchison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering from Wright State University.

Michael Seablom
NASA Science Mission Directorate Chief Technologist
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Michael Seablom

NASA Science Mission Directorate Chief Technologist

Michael Seablom is the Chief Technologist for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. He has the responsibility for surveying and assessing technology needs for the Heliophysics, Astrophysics, Earth Science, and Planetary Science Divisions. He is also the primary liaison to the NASA Office of Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Mission Directorate.

During his 27-year tenure at NASA field centers and in the private sector Michael Seablom has led numerous cutting-edge information technology projects involving high-performance computing, sensor webs concepts for future Department of Defense and NASA architectures, and software engineering for science algorithms. In leadership roles he has served as manager of the Advanced Information Systems Technology program under NASA's Earth Science Technology Office, as the head of the NASA Goddard Software Integration & Visualization Office, and as the head of the Goddard Science Data Systems Branch. In these roles he had the responsibility for providing a broad array of information technology services to the Earth Sciences Division in the areas of software engineering for high performance numerical modeling applications, scientific visualizations, observing systems simulation support, and education and public outreach.

Michael Seablom is the recipient of the 2003 GSFC Information Systems Division Technology Leadership Award, the 2004 GSFC Goddard Outstanding Leadership Award, and the 2010 NASA CIO Excellence in Innovation Award. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Florida State University, a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech.

Carlos Torrez
NASA SBIR/STTR Program Manager
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Carlos Torrez

NASA SBIR/STTR Program Manager

Carlos Torrez is the NASA Program Manager for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs. He is responsible for agency level policy and strategic oversight of these programs. His leadership crosses the boundaries of 10 centers, 4 mission directorates, multiple agencies, and thousands of small businesses and is a key factor in the success of the programs.

Additionally, Torrez has 25 years’ experience with NASA procurement and has successfully developed partnerships with other national space agencies as well as partnerships with minority firms. Torrez has received over 30 awards for outstanding service to NASA. Most notable is the Exceptional Achievement Medal in which he was recognized by the business community for expanding contract opportunities to small, minority and women owned businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Business and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Notre Dame University.

Anna Cordrey
NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Manager
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Anna Cordrey

NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Manager

Anna Cordrey is the NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Manager. She grew up in the Silicon Valley in a family of engineers and mindfully made the decision to study business. Anna Cordrey combines a user-centric approach with a business mindset to get the maximum impact out of technology investments. As a result, she is known for her strong stakeholder engagements, customer advocacy, and creative solutions.

Anna Cordrey’s curiosity for exploration has launched her around the world and ultimately landed her at NASA Ames Research Center, where she now explores opportunities to engage small businesses in NASA’s innovation portfolio, helping concepts bloom into reality.

In her free time, Anna Cordrey practices yoga near one of the world’s largest wind tunnels and now explores the beautiful California outdoors with her three wonderful kids.

Bo Naasz
NASA Rendezvous and Capture System Capability Lead
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Bo Naasz

NASA Rendezvous and Capture System Capability Lead

Bo Naasz currently leads NASA’s agency-level Rendezvous and Capture System Capability Leadership Team and is the primary editor of NASA STMD’s On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) Strategic Technology Plan. Bo Naasz is a graduate of Virginia Tech, with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Aerospace Engineering. His current duties include stewardship, strategy, and advising of NASA leadership on issues relevant to capabilities in Rendezvous and Capture and OSAM. Previously, Bo Naasz served as technical authority and Mission System Engineer for the Restore-L satellite servicing mission, and Project Manager for the Asteroid Redirect Mission’s Capture Module, both at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

While his most recent duties are directed towards Agency-level strategy, mission systems engineering, and project management, his background is in spacecraft guidance navigation and control (GNC), with a focus on navigation and control of multiple spacecraft and robotics for formation flying and autonomous rendezvous, proximity operations, and capture, and small-body terrain relative navigation and control. After working conceptual and development phases of several formation flying missions, Bo Naasz was the Flight Dynamics lead for the Hubble Robotic Servicing and Deorbit Mission in the early 2000s, and later the Principal Investigator for the Relative Navigation System experiment on Hubble Servicing Mission 4. He served as Rendezvous and Proximity Operations Manager, and then as Chief System Engineer in NASA’s Satellite Servicing Projects Division.

Born in Kansas, and raised in Texas, Maryland, and South Dakota, Bo Naasz currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and three young children.

Bethany McClave
NASA SBIR/STTR Outreach & Engagement Lead
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Bethany McClave

NASA SBIR/STTR Outreach & Engagement Lead

Bethany McClave joined NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program in October 2017. She is currently the NASA SBIR/STTR Program Outreach & Engagement Workstream Lead, managing program communications and outreach, and is the NASA lead for the annual Innovation and Opportunity Conference. Bethany McClave has always enjoyed her roles working with and advocating for small businesses in the aerospace industry. Prior to her position with SBIR/STTR, she was a Contracting Officer at Ames Research Center for eight years, most recently supporting NASA programs, projects, and capabilities in aeronautics, exploration technology, and information technology. She began her career in 2003 at the Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD), Fort Eustis, VA, as a Contract Specialist supporting rotorcraft research, development, and rapid prototyping.

Bethany McClave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Marshall University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Florida.

Christopher Baker
NASA SSTP and FO Program Executive
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Christopher Baker

NASA SSTP and FO Program Executive

Christopher Baker currently serves as the program executive for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Small Spacecraft Technology program (SSTP), which seeks to expand the ability to execute unique missions through the rapid development and demonstration of capabilities for small spacecraft applicable to exploration, science and the commercial space sector. Christopher Baker also serves as the program executive for NASA’s Flight Opportunities program (FO) that facilitates rapid demonstration of promising technologies for space exploration, discovery, and the expansion of space commerce through suborbital testing with industry flight providers.

Christopher Baker previously held various positions in atmospheric and suborbital flight testing at the Armstrong Flight Research Center and managed an agency wide early stage research and development program from NASA Headquarters. Christopher Baker is a graduate of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Matthew Deans
NASA SBIR/STTR Post-Phase II Workstream Lead

Matthew Deans

NASA SBIR/STTR Post-Phase II Workstream Lead

Dr. Matthew Deans is the NASA SBIR/STTR program’s Post-Phase II Workstream Lead. He provides strategic direction and oversight for multiple award vehicles to promote the transition, acceleration, infusion, and commercialization of small business technologies developed under the SBIR/STTR program.

Dr. Matthew Deans spent the first part of his career conducting multiple in-space propulsion research, development, and spaceflight projects, transitioning technologies across the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) spectrum. He began his civil servant career at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in 2010. He served as NASA GRC’s Co-Investigator on the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), which conducted the first in-space demonstration of a US-produced green monopropellant, AF-M315E, now known as the ASCENT (Advanced Spacecraft Energetic Non-toxic Propellant) green monopropellant. Dr. Matthew Deans served as the Orion European Service Module (ESM) Orbital Maneuvering System Engine (OMS-E) Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system lead under the Artemis Program. He has also served in various propulsion technology subject matter expert, technology assessment, procurement, and oversight roles across all four NASA Mission Directorates. Dr. Matthew Deans transitioned to support the SBIR/STTR program, initially serving as the GRC Center Technology Transition Lead (CTTL) and infusion manager, overseeing the portfolio of SBIR and STTR developments in all of GRC’s technology core competencies, before moving into the SBIR/STTR Program Management Office Workstream Lead role.

He holds a Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Aerospace Engineering, concentrating in the ignition of methane/oxygen propulsion systems, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from CWRU, both in Aerospace Engineering.

Theresa Stanley
NASA SBIR/STTR Program Lead Contracting Officer
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Theresa Stanley

NASA SBIR/STTR Program Lead Contracting Officer

Theresa Stanley is the Lead Contracting Officer for the SBIR/STTR program in the Research Activities Branch at the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC). Theresa Stanley previously held the position of Lead Grant Officer/Contracting Officer for the NASA Grants and Cooperative Agreements program in the Research Activities Branch. She has 12 years of experience as Contracting Officer/Grant Officer.

Theresa Stanley has received numerous awards and honors including the NASA Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award, the Silver Achievement Medal and NSSC Contract Specialist of the Year for two years. She is also a 2012 graduate of the NASA FIRST (Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success & Teamwork) program.

Theresa Stanley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University.

Quenton Bonds
NASA SBIR/STTR Center Technology Transition Lead
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Quenton Bonds

NASA SBIR/STTR Center Technology Transition Lead

Dr. Quenton Bonds is currently a Center Technology Transition Lead (CTTL) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt Maryland, supporting the Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) as the SBIR/STTR Co-Lead. Before joining the SPO, his work at NASA has mainly been focused in the design and development of Remote Sensors for Geoscience and various other Space and or Aircraft applications. In particular, he has been very involved in the research and development of radar & radiometric sensors and developing novel radiometer calibration algorithms within Goddard’s Microwave Instruments and Technology Branch (MITB). He has supported the MITB on a myriad of projects, including: SWESARR – Snow Water Equivalent Synthetic Aperture Radar and Radiometer, WISM – A Wideband Instrument for Snow Measurement, HIWRAP – High-altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Airborne Profiler and CubeRRT – CubeSat Radiometer Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), launched May 2018.

Dr. Quenton Bonds received the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Alabama State University in Montgomery Alabama. After serving two very rewarding years as a high school instructor, he went on to attain the Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) from The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa Florida and continued on at USF to earn the Ph.D. in EE.

Tracie Prater
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Aerospace Engineer
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Tracie Prater

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Aerospace Engineer

Tracie Prater is an engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she is currently the laboratory lead for the in-space manufacturing (ISM) project. ISM is tasked with developing the materials, processes, and design practices to enable manufacturing off-world. The project includes technology development in recycling, metal additive manufacturing, printed electronics, and in-process monitoring. The International Space Station (ISS) serves as a critical test bed for evaluating the utility of manufacturing technologies to meet needs for sparing and repair on space missions.

Tracie Prater also serves as a subject matter expert for NASA’s Centennial Challenges prize competition program and helped to develop the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Tracie Prater is also a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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