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From the heart of the city that took us to the moon, The Institute is a privately held, independently run, for-profit reasearch institution focused on novel technologies for tomorrow's space economy that benefit today's commercial markets — pushing the present boundaries of propulsion, materials science, energy, communications, and more.

AMY ESKRIDGE

PRESIDENT, CHAIRWOMAN, CO-FOUNDER

About Amy

Amy is a scientist and an entrepreneur with a chemistry degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is currently enrolled in the Material Science PhD program, also at UAH. She is an interdisciplinary scientist and her work has touched technology from Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) testing of piezoelectric microcantilevers and gyroscope testing in the Weapons Sciences Directorate (WSD) at the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Command (AMRDEC) on Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, to nonviral polymeric drug delivery formulation and gene therapy research at a gene therapy company in addition to research at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. She also has extensive experience running software consulting businesses to solve industry problems, leading startups as both CEO and CTO and performing project management of a variety of technical projects. She is co-founder and President of The Institute for Exotic Science as well as co-founder and President of HoloChron LLC. She is a visionary and out-of-the-box thinker who excels at being a translator between scientists and engineers of multiple disciplines, technical writing, problem solving, management and business administration.

Richard Eskridge

Lead Scientist, Research Director, Co-Founder

ABOUT RICHARD

Richard retired from NASA after 33 years as a scientist working on rocket engines and advanced propulsion systems. He spent the first 15 years as the head of a group of engineers making measurements on rockets on test stands at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. These rockets include LOX/LH2 (SSME), solids, hybrids and LOX/Kerosene engines using lasers, optical and mass spectrometers, particle detectors, pyrometers and high-speed cameras. For the remaining 18 years, he spent his time researching many different propulsion concepts at The MSFC Propulsion Research Laboratory. This work included Fusion and Electric Propulsion, high energy plasma guns for impact research, investigation of superconductor impulse gravity generators and diagnostics for rocket ignition systems. At various times he was the technical lead for many programs including MSFC Combustion Physics Laboratory, Magnetic Target Fusion, Plasma High Velocity Dynamic Liner, Plasmoid Thruster Experiment (PTX), Plasmoid Thruster (PT-1, Patent 7808353 B1), Exploding Wire Gun and a 7 gigawatt Advanced Plasma Driven Micro-Meteorite Gun. Richard retired from NASA as the Chief Technical Advisor for the Propulsion Research Lab at MSFC in December of 2016. He is Lead Scientist of The Institute.

Dick Reeves

Vice Chairman, Director of Business Development, COO

ABOUT DICK

Dick Reeves is Managing Partner of 256 Ventures, where he frequently consults to entrepreneurs attempting to organize startup technology companies, providing leadership and services to organize the business and the resources it will need to get to market, including capital, executive team, technical team, go-to-market team, and business plan. He serves as an advisor or board member for several private technology companies; is a 35-year Rotarian; is a 25-year member of the Industrial Development Board of the City of Huntsville, Alabama and is a board member of the Huntsville Public Building Authority. He is a co-organizer and Chairman-Emeritus of the Urban Engine, a millennial-focused weekly meeting that provides a framework for creativity, team building, and personal growth for those seeking entrepreneurial opportunities.

Dick Reeves, a computer engineer by training, has been active in organizing entrepreneurial businesses since 1978, when he co-founded General Digital Industries, Inc., where he served variously as Chairman or CEO until its sale in 1989. He was the organizer of BizTech, Huntsville’s technology-focused business incubator, and led it for 15 years. He organized the 150-member Huntsville Angel Network in 2004, led the organization of angel groups in 4 other Alabama cities, and served on the board of the national Angel Capital Association for six years. He is a past-chairman of the Huntsville Committee of 100, the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority, The North Alabama Land Trust, and the Huntsville/Madison County Library Foundation.

Paul Handy

Senior Electrical Engineering Scientist, Co-Founder

ABOUT PAUL

Paul has a background in electrical engineering and computer programming. He has fulfilled a role as a senior software engineer for the IOTA Foundation, working both on the core protocol and on supplementary protocols and extensions. He has experience in computational fluid dynamics, machine design, distributed computation, low-cost spectrometer and stereolithography design, and research into lumino-biochemical effects in high electric fields. He aids The Institute in explaining electromagnetic phenomena and in experimental design for basic research into exotic dielectric excitation modalities.

Nathan Klose

Director of Public Facing Affairs, Co-Founder

ABOUT NATHAN

Nathan is a skilled marketer and executive strategist, award-winning creative director, branding and public relations consultant, and the Chief Marketing Officer of HoloChron. He has a background in computational sociolinguistics, as well, with focus on advancements in, and public understanding of, the digital humanities. His expertise has been leveraged by such large-scale clients as NASA, Mercedes-Benz, Marvel, ESPN, Disney — as well as government defense contractors, academic institutions, infosec entities, privacy advocates, startups and entrepreneurial communities, utilities companies, and more. Throughout the course of his career, Nathan’s efforts in a range of industries have helped secure hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars of revenue for his clients in short amounts of time. As a Co-Founder of The Institute, Nathan helps translate research trajectories worked on via The Institute into front-facing messaging, visual grammar, and more — all so that investors, participating governments, and the general public have a clearer understanding of the cutting-edge work done, and to be done, for the common good — as well as manages all public facing affairs and relationships for The Institute, its facilities and their functions, its campus, its HR, and its overall growth as an entity.

Kathy Eskridge

Operations Manager

ABOUT KATHY

Dossier coming soon!

Abigail Brown

Director of Educational Outreach

ABOUT ABIGAIL

Abigail Brown is an education and public outreach expert from Huntsville, AL. Her undergraduate degree was in Child and Family Studies from Carson-Newman College. Her experience growing up in Huntsville gives her a unique perspective on how to interact and engage individuals with an interest in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) fields. Her career experience includes work with the Sevier Co. TN extension service, early childhood education, curriculum development, and researching the state education standards to maintain the interest of students. Abigail has an appreciation in the creative arts and music, winning the AMTA honor of top vocal student in AL for three years of her high school career. She enjoys researching exotic technologies and finding ways to engage public interest towards them. Her desire is to foster learning of emerging sciences and excite people in the Rocket City and as far reaching as the technology of The Institute will take us.

Bud Brown

Director of Sales and Contracts

ABOUT BUD

Arthur (Bud) Brown Jr is a business specialist from Huntsville, AL where he currently resides. He has an Information Technology degree through the Business department of Carson-Newman College. He has built a career working as a contractor for the U.S. government. His career has spanned from building classified servers to supporting the THADD program. He has worked for a variety of two letter agencies within the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and received multiple awards that rewarded his efforts in creating new innovative, more effective ideas that improved the IT functions of multiple agencies. His hard-working drive and team building skills started with his high school wrestling career for Virgil I. Grissom High School where he placed second in the state of Alabama. This provided him several scholarship opportunities that lead him to Carson-Newman College where he excelled as an NCAA athlete. His interest in team building and drive to improve upon business practices has lead him to the Institute where he is consultant for the business development team. He is an innovative thinker with skills in marketing, sales, and interpersonal communication that provide business advancements for The Institute.


BUSINESS ADVISORS & SCIENTIFIC STAFF


Jeff Thornburg

Former SpaceX VP, Stratolaunch VP, and Institute Propulsion Advisor

ABOUT JEFF

Jeff Thornburg is a career space engineer and leader who brings a wealth of valuable experience to the team. Jeff is founder and President of Interstellar Technologies, an engineering and technology development company focused on advanced research and development for launch vehicles and propulsion systems that expand our reach into the solar system. Prior to the current focus on Interstellar, Jeff was the Vice President for Propulsion Engineering at Stratolaunch working with Paul Allen on the advanced and fast-paced PGA Engine development for Stratolaunch. Jeff was also the Senior Director of Propulsion Engineering at SpaceX in Hawthorne, CA, and served as the principal engineer and architect of the Raptor engine development program. Jeff also served as the Vice President of Propulsion Engineering at SpaceX overseeing flight, test, development and research operations while also supporting customer interactions; including those with NASA and the U.S. Air Force. Jeff oversaw six successful Falcon 9 launches during his time as the VP of Propulsion, and coordinated qualification and certification activities with the U.S. Air Force and NASA. He was also a lead propulsion engineer and turbomachinery technical project manager for the J-2X engine development program at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Jeff spent 4 years working for Aerojet as an engineering director for their liquid engine turbomachinery group, and served as the site manager for the Aerojet-Woodland Hills engineering office in Woodland Hills, CA. Jeff started his career in the U.S. Air Force as a flight commander and aircraft maintenance officer on KC-135R tanker aircraft at MacDill AFB, FL. He was selected to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology and earned his Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Jeff was stationed at Edwards AFB, CA, where he joined the liquid rocket engine branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory where he worked on several component and engine technology programs included leadership of the joint Air Force-NASA Integrated Powerhead Demonstration engine. This program performed the world’s first hydrogen full-flow staged combustion cycle engine demonstration. Since his first assignment to Edwards AFB, Jeff has been very fortunate to have built his career working on nearly all liquid engine technology development programs since the Space Shuttle Main Engine. Jeff has received numerous Air Force and NASA awards including a NASA Space Flight Awareness award, the NASA Made It Happen award, the NASA Stennis Space Center Propulsion Test Director’s Leadership Award, and was an Air Force Research Laboratory Technical Program Manager of the Year. In addition to his master’s degree, he has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Jen Rae Wang, MBA

NASA Executive and Institute Communications Advisor

ABOUT JEN

Jen Rae Wang is a positive, forward-looking senior executive with more than 15 years of experience at the highest levels of state and federal government, with a proven success record in public affairs, media affairs, government affairs, strategic communications, and both small- and large-scale organizational leadership.

Wang most recently served as the Associate Administrator of Communications for the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and Senior Advisor to the Administrator at HQ in Washington, DC in Senior Executive Service (SES). Additionally, she was the Deputy White House Liaison for NASA and lead more than two dozen space-events for the President and Vice President of the United States and the National Space Council.

Prior to joining NASA, Wang was the Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Don Bacon. In this capacity, Wang lead the Congressman’s Omaha office as the District Director and was the Communications Director and key Spokesperson. Wang served as Governor Dave Heineman’s Communications Director and Spokesperson for nearly a decade. At the end of his term, she was the longest serving Communications Director for a sitting U.S. Governor. She was also the Communications Director for the Lt. Governor and First Lady of Nebraska, and lead communications in States of Emergency. She was the liaison to National Governor’s Association and worked closely with the Nation’s 55 Governors and staff when Governor Heineman was Vice Chair and Chair of the organization. Prior to leading the Governor’s Communications Office, Wang was a Senior Advisor and Communications Director to U.S. Congressman Lee Terry for three years.

In addition to her public service career, Wang has a background in public relations and journalism, with experience in both print and broadcast media. She has been an adjunct professor teaching advanced public relations theories and strategies and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications and is a recipient of the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) first-ever Outstanding Mentor Award.

Wang is an active community member, space-advocate, speaker and presenter. Wang holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education program. She is also a graduate of the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science degree in strategic communications and advertising and has earned her Master of Business (MBA) from Doane University, where she currently teaches International Business as an adjunct professor.

Wang is the proud wife of U.S. Marine Corps officer, Alan, and mom to their children: Orion. Lyra and Caelum.

Glen A. Robertson

Former NASA Scientist and Institute Exotic Propulsion Advisor

ABOUT GLEN

Glen is a veteran and former US Navy E-4 Propulsion Specialist on the F-14, TF-30 engine. Mr. Robertson worked for the Naval Weapons Center (NWV), China Lake, CA, for three years as the lead solid rocket motor test engineer on the VLA, and later served 32 years of service performing research and development tasks for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as civil servant Aerospace Technologist in the Advanced Propulsion Research Lab. With a BS in Math and Physics from the University of North AL and an MS Operations Research, Robertson is an accomplished academic and has publish many papers, books, and patents, including material relevant to projects at The Institute including the modification of gravitomagnetism by superconducting ceramics in his book “Gravity-Superconductors Interactions - Theory and Experiment.” Robertson also has a long list of personal patentes and is the founder of the nonprofit Exotic Propulsion Organization and founder of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences (IASSPES).

Tim Pickens

Former Chief Propulsion Engineer for Virgin Galatic's SpaceShipOne, former Bigleow Aerospace Propulsion Department Manager, Institute Propulsion Advisor

ABOUT TIM

Tim's dedicated his career to developing and delivering hardware solutions to facilitate affordable and responsive space access. He is an inventor, engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, and designer, primarily focused on aerospace solutions, with 25-plus years of experience in the aerospace industry, specializing in the design, fabrication, and testing of propulsion hardware systems. Tim founded Orion Propulsion, a Huntsville aerospace company S9100-certified to build man-rated flight hardware, in 2004, which sold to Dynetics in 2009 after growing to 40 employees and $6.4 million. He was also the lead propulsion engineer on the $10 million Ansari X Prize winner, Virgin Galatic's SpaceShipOne.

Eva G. Blaisdell

Founder & CEO of California Space Center, Lady Rocket, and Institute Media & Entertainment Advisor

ABOUT EVA

Dosser coming soon!

Bill Dent

Nuclear Physicist and Institute Senior Scientist

ABOUT BILL

William V. Dent, Jr., currently serves as Dent International Research Corporation's Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, and as a member of the Corporation’s Board of Directors. Dent has a considerable background in technical operations and intellectual property (patent, design, engineering, prototyping). As owner of Dent International Research and as a Nuclear Physicist (SAIC), Dent spent 30 years working within Department of Energy Laboratories (Los Alamos, Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Oak Ridge, Sandia). He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and -Knoxville, respectively. Dent is the inventor, and a board member, of Greentec-99, a nuclear radioisotope production company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.

Seth Wahle

Cybersecurity Technical Advisor

ABOUT SETH

Seth Wahle is a veteran, entrepreneur, and technology disrupter who specializes in the cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, and electrical engineering fields. Seth has founded and exited multiple companies, is a regular speaker at such conferences as Defcon, HackMiami, and the National Cyber Summit, and is best known for exploiting Android phones using a microchip implanted in his hand. Seth is currently working with NASA to overhaul their cybersecurity measures, as well as building and supporting multiple cryptocurrency projects.

Jeff Thornburg

Former SpaceX VP, Stratolaunch VP, and Institute Propulsion Advisor

ABOUT JEFF

Jeff Thornburg is a career space engineer and leader who brings a wealth of valuable experience to the team. Jeff is founder and President of Interstellar Technologies, an engineering and technology development company focused on advanced research and development for launch vehicles and propulsion systems that expand our reach into the solar system. Prior to the current focus on Interstellar, Jeff was the Vice President for Propulsion Engineering at Stratolaunch working with Paul Allen on the advanced and fast-paced PGA Engine development for Stratolaunch. Jeff was also the Senior Director of Propulsion Engineering at SpaceX in Hawthorne, CA, and served as the principal engineer and architect of the Raptor engine development program. Jeff also served as the Vice President of Propulsion Engineering at SpaceX overseeing flight, test, development and research operations while also supporting customer interactions; including those with NASA and the U.S. Air Force. Jeff oversaw six successful Falcon 9 launches during his time as the VP of Propulsion, and coordinated qualification and certification activities with the U.S. Air Force and NASA. He was also a lead propulsion engineer and turbomachinery technical project manager for the J-2X engine development program at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Jeff spent 4 years working for Aerojet as an engineering director for their liquid engine turbomachinery group, and served as the site manager for the Aerojet-Woodland Hills engineering office in Woodland Hills, CA. Jeff started his career in the U.S. Air Force as a flight commander and aircraft maintenance officer on KC-135R tanker aircraft at MacDill AFB, FL. He was selected to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology and earned his Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Jeff was stationed at Edwards AFB, CA, where he joined the liquid rocket engine branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory where he worked on several component and engine technology programs included leadership of the joint Air Force-NASA Integrated Powerhead Demonstration engine. This program performed the world’s first hydrogen full-flow staged combustion cycle engine demonstration. Since his first assignment to Edwards AFB, Jeff has been very fortunate to have built his career working on nearly all liquid engine technology development programs since the Space Shuttle Main Engine. Jeff has received numerous Air Force and NASA awards including a NASA Space Flight Awareness award, the NASA Made It Happen award, the NASA Stennis Space Center Propulsion Test Director’s Leadership Award, and was an Air Force Research Laboratory Technical Program Manager of the Year. In addition to his master’s degree, he has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Jen Rae Wang, MBA

NASA Executive and Institute Communications Advisor

ABOUT JEN

Jen Rae Wang is a positive, forward-looking senior executive with more than 15 years of experience at the highest levels of state and federal government, with a proven success record in public affairs, media affairs, government affairs, strategic communications, and both small- and large-scale organizational leadership.

Wang most recently served as the Associate Administrator of Communications for the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and Senior Advisor to the Administrator at HQ in Washington, DC in Senior Executive Service (SES). Additionally, she was the Deputy White House Liaison for NASA and lead more than two dozen space-events for the President and Vice President of the United States and the National Space Council.

Prior to joining NASA, Wang was the Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Don Bacon. In this capacity, Wang lead the Congressman’s Omaha office as the District Director and was the Communications Director and key Spokesperson. Wang served as Governor Dave Heineman’s Communications Director and Spokesperson for nearly a decade. At the end of his term, she was the longest serving Communications Director for a sitting U.S. Governor. She was also the Communications Director for the Lt. Governor and First Lady of Nebraska, and lead communications in States of Emergency. She was the liaison to National Governor’s Association and worked closely with the Nation’s 55 Governors and staff when Governor Heineman was Vice Chair and Chair of the organization. Prior to leading the Governor’s Communications Office, Wang was a Senior Advisor and Communications Director to U.S. Congressman Lee Terry for three years.

In addition to her public service career, Wang has a background in public relations and journalism, with experience in both print and broadcast media. She has been an adjunct professor teaching advanced public relations theories and strategies and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications and is a recipient of the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) first-ever Outstanding Mentor Award.

Wang is an active community member, space-advocate, speaker and presenter. Wang holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education program. She is also a graduate of the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science degree in strategic communications and advertising and has earned her Master of Business (MBA) from Doane University, where she currently teaches International Business as an adjunct professor.

Wang is the proud wife of U.S. Marine Corps officer, Alan, and mom to their children: Orion. Lyra and Caelum.

Glen A. Robertson

Former NASA Scientist and Institute Exotic Propulsion Advisor

ABOUT GLEN

Glen is a veteran and former US Navy E-4 Propulsion Specialist on the F-14, TF-30 engine. Mr. Robertson worked for the Naval Weapons Center (NWV), China Lake, CA, for three years as the lead solid rocket motor test engineer on the VLA, and later served 32 years of service performing research and development tasks for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as civil servant Aerospace Technologist in the Advanced Propulsion Research Lab. With a BS in Math and Physics from the University of North AL and an MS Operations Research, Robertson is an accomplished academic and has publish many papers, books, and patents, including material relevant to projects at The Institute including the modification of gravitomagnetism by superconducting ceramics in his book “Gravity-Superconductors Interactions - Theory and Experiment.” Robertson also has a long list of personal patentes and is the founder of the nonprofit Exotic Propulsion Organization and founder of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences (IASSPES).

Tim Pickens

Former Chief Propulsion Engineer for Virgin Galatic's SpaceShipOne, former Bigleow Aerospace Propulsion Department Manager, Institute Propulsion Advisor

ABOUT TIM

Tim's dedicated his career to developing and delivering hardware solutions to facilitate affordable and responsive space access. He is an inventor, engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, and designer, primarily focused on aerospace solutions, with 25-plus years of experience in the aerospace industry, specializing in the design, fabrication, and testing of propulsion hardware systems. Tim founded Orion Propulsion, a Huntsville aerospace company S9100-certified to build man-rated flight hardware, in 2004, which sold to Dynetics in 2009 after growing to 40 employees and $6.4 million. He was also the lead propulsion engineer on the $10 million Ansari X Prize winner, Virgin Galatic's SpaceShipOne.

Eva G. Blaisdell

Founder & CEO of California Space Center, Lady Rocket, and Institute Media & Entertainment Advisor

ABOUT EVA

Dosser coming soon!

Bill Dent

Nuclear Physicist and Institute Senior Scientist

ABOUT BILL

William V. Dent, Jr., currently serves as Dent International Research Corporation's Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, and as a member of the Corporation’s Board of Directors. Dent has a considerable background in technical operations and intellectual property (patent, design, engineering, prototyping). As owner of Dent International Research and as a Nuclear Physicist (SAIC), Dent spent 30 years working within Department of Energy Laboratories (Los Alamos, Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Oak Ridge, Sandia). He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and -Knoxville, respectively. Dent is the inventor, and a board member, of Greentec-99, a nuclear radioisotope production company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.

Seth Wahle

Cybersecurity Technical Advisor

ABOUT SETH

Seth Wahle is a veteran, entrepreneur, and technology disrupter who specializes in the cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, and electrical engineering fields. Seth has founded and exited multiple companies, is a regular speaker at such conferences as Defcon, HackMiami, and the National Cyber Summit, and is best known for exploiting Android phones using a microchip implanted in his hand. Seth is currently working with NASA to overhaul their cybersecurity measures, as well as building and supporting multiple cryptocurrency projects.