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Keynote Speaker

Bill Ochs

Luncheon Speaker

Frank Culbertson

Keynote Speaker

Craig Tooley

Keynote Speaker


Pat Stadter

Tuesday Keynote Speaker - Bill Ochs

Bill Ochs has 30+ years of experience in the aerospace industry. He has worked in both private industry and for NASA and is currently the Project Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope.

Bill received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Masters in Operations Research from George Washington University. He began his career in 1979 with the Bendix Guidance Systems Division in Teterboro, N.J. as an electronics/software engineer, developing the flight software for the Hubble Space Telescope safing system.

In 1983, Bill transferred to Goddard Space Flight Center as a systems engineer for HST operations. In 1990, Bill joined NASA as the HST Operations Observatory Systems Manager. Bill has also served as the HST Deputy Operations Manager and the HST Operations Servicing Mission Manager.

In 1998, Bill became the Project Manager for the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) which was successfully launched in January of 2003. After SORCE, he was appointed the Project Manager for LDCM and led the project through the difficult period of the LDCM Data Buy, flying an instrument on NPOESS, to the current mission implementation.

In December 2010, Bill was appointed the JWST Project Manager.

Bill has been the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award, various NASA Group Awards, 2010 NASA Honor Award for Outstanding Leadership Medal, and most recently the 2011 Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Leadership. To Top

Tuesday Luncheon Speaker - Frank Culbertson

Frank Culbertson is Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Programs Group for Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Virginia. In this capacity, Mr. Culbertson's responsibilities include the execution and performance of all Orbital programs related to human space flight including the Commercial Orbital Transportation System as well as multiple National Security Space related projects.

Prior to this position at Orbital, Mr. Culbertson was a Senior Vice President for Human Space Systems at Orbital and before that a Senior Vice president at SAIC, following an eighteen-year career as a NASA Astronaut. He has flown three space missions and logged over 144 days in space as a shuttle commander, pilot, and station crewmember. His last mission launched on the Shuttle Endeavour and lasted for 129 days, from August 10 until December 17, 2001. During that mission, he lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for 125 days and was Commander for 117 days.

Mr. Culbertson also held several key management positions within the NASA Shuttle and ISS programs and was Program Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program. Mr. Culbertson is a 1971 graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was a naval aviator, a fighter pilot, and a test pilot, and he retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1997. Mr. Culbertson has received numerous honors, including the Legion of Merit, the Navy Flying Cross, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the NAA/FAI Gagarin Gold Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010. To Top

Wednesday Keynote Speaker - Craig Tooley

Craig Tooley is currently the project manager for NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. MMS is an in-house GSFC mission launching in late 2014 which will use four identical spacecraft, flown in formation in Earth orbit, to make three-dimensional measurements of the plasma in the magnetospheric boundary regions and investigate the fundamental energy transfer process of magnetic reconnection. Mr. Tooley joined the MMS Team as Project Manager in May 2011.

Prior to being assigned as the MMS project manager Mr. Tooley was NASA's project manager for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Flight Project. The JPSS Flight Project is responsible for providing the nation's next generation of polar orbiting weather and climate science satellites in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Before joining JPSS Mr. Tooley was the project manager for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He was responsible for the development and execution of the LRO mission for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD). LRO was developed in-house at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, was launched on June 18th, 2009, and is successfully operating in lunar orbit.

Previously, Mr. Tooley was the Head of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Instrument Development Office at GSFC. In this capacity oversaw the development of instruments that were installed in the HST during the 4th HST servicing Mission. During his tenure in the HST Project Mr. Tooley also worked as part of the EVA Servicing Team, which developed procedures and trained astronauts for the successful SM3B servicing mission in 2002.

Prior to working in the HST Project Mr. Tooley served as the Deputy Project Manager for the Triana Project. Triana was a Space Shuttle launched earth science mission which was to provide continuous global observation from a libration point (L1). Mr. Tooley also directly lead the engineering development of the upper stage and Space Shuttle Airborne Support Equipment required for the Triana mission. Triana (now renamed DSCOVR) was built and fully qualified at GSFC but has not yet been launched.

During his career at GSFC Mr. Tooley has served as the Mission Manager and Mechanical Engineering Lead for 5 successful Shuttle borne, solar science Spartan missions and held the position of Associate Branch Head of the Carrier Systems Branch. During the first part of his career he worked as an engineer the Mechanical, Attitude Control and Stabilization, and the Mission Analysis groups at GSFC.

Mr. Tooley has been employed by NASA since 1983 and has a background in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Evansville and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He holds a Senior-Expert level of Project Management certification at NASA. To Top

Thursday Keynote Speaker - Dr. Patrick A. Stadter

Patrick A. Stadter is a Principal Professional Staff member of the Applied Physics Laboratory in the National Security Space (NSS) Mission Area (MA) and the APL Program Manager for the Missile Defense Space Layer Experiments and Technical Advisor program.

He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame (1991), an M.S in electrical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (1993), and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University (1997).

Dr. Stadter has extensive programmatic, line management, and technical experience, serving as Chief of Research, Development, and Engineering for the NSS MA. Dr. Stadter led the APL Space Protection Program efforts and was the Study Director for the STSS Follow-on Study for the Missile Defense Agency in which he lead a 100+ member team across eight National Laboratories.

In addition, Dr. Stadter served as APL PM for the OSD ARGUS program for OPIR/Missile Defense, the DARPA/USG MiDSTEP program for small satellite technology development, and the joint NRL/APL team executing the OSD/Operational Responsive Space Bus Standards Program for TacSat-4, which successfully launched in Fall, 2011.

Dr. Stadter's technical focus includes system engineering, navigation and communication systems, distributed systems analysis and control, data fusion, and information theory. Dr. Stadter has over 40 publications, two patents, and has held a review panel appointment to the National Academies of Sciences National Research Council.

The title for his keynote is: Applied Physics Laboratory Mission Challenges and Successes - A discussion of some of the interesting challenges that were overcome during APL Civil and National Security Space missions and the current activities and status of those missions. To Top