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Vint Cerf

CerfForBioPageVinton Cerf, widely recognized as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” for his work on the design of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet, has served as Vice President and Chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005.  He was chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. He is currently also President of the Association for Computing Machinery. Mr. Cerf is also the former Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy and Architecture and Technology for MCI. While working with MCI, Mr. Cerf led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. He currently serves on several boards and has received numerous awards for his continuously pioneering work including the U.S. National Medal of Technology, the ACM Alan M. Turing award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Japan Prize and the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering. He was recently promoted to Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur.

Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA and holds 21 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

David Brin


David Brin is a scientist, inventor, and New York Times bestselling author. With books translated into 25 languages, he has won multiple Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. A film directed by Kevin Costner was based on David’s novel The Postman. Other works have been optioned by Paramount and Warner Bros.  David’s science-fictional Uplift Saga explores genetic engineering of higher animals, like dolphins, to speak.  His new novel from Tor Books is Existence.
As a scientist/futurist, David is seen frequently on television shows such as The ArchiTechs, Universe, and Life After People (most popular show ever on the History Channel) – with many appearances on PBS, BBC and NPR. An inventor with many patents, he is in-demand to speak about future trends, keynoting for IBM, Google, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Microsoft, Qualcomm, the Mauldin Group, and Casey Research, all the way to think tanks, Homeland Security, and the CIA.  (
With degrees from Caltech and the University of California-San Diego, Dr. Brin serves serves on advisory panels ranging from astronomy, NASA innovative concepts, nanotech, and SETI to national defense and technological ethics. His nonfiction book The Transparent Society explores the dangers of secrecy and loss of privacy in our modern world. It garnered the prestigious Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library Association. ( )

Scott Burleigh


Mr. Burleigh co-authored the specification for the CCSDS (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems) File Delivery Protocol (CFDP), an international standard for file transfer over interplanetary distances.  Mr. Burleigh developed the first implementation of CFDP, which was adapted for operational use on a number of flight missions, including JPL’s Deep Impact comet exploration mission.

Mr. Burleigh co-authored the DTN Architecture definition (Internet RFC 4838).  He is also a co-author of the specification for the DTN Bundle Protocol (BP, Internet RFC 5050).  In addition, he is a co-author of the specifications for the Licklider Transmission Protocol (LTP, Internet RFCs 5325 through 5327) supporting data block transmission reliability at the data link layer.

Mr. Burleigh leads the development and maintenance of implementations of BP and LTP software, with the long-term goal of enabling deployment of a delay-tolerant Solar System Internet.  The ION version of DTN software is now in continuous operation on the International Space Station and is being used for operational studies on-board the EO-1 Earth-orbiting spacecraft.

Mr. Burleigh has received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal and four NASA Space Act Board Awards for his work on the design and implementation of these communication protocols.

Chris Carberry


Chris Carberry is the Executive Director and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc. a nonprofit which was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. The organization also encourages the use of STEM curriculum in the classroom to instill a desire to pursue space exploration for future generations.

Carberry is a well-respected expert and influential director of strategic alliances in the space community and has been responsible for growing many partnerships, grants and sponsorships for leading industry organizations. His innovative ideas and vast knowledge regarding space have given him a political presence when it comes to policymaking concerning the space related matters. Currently, as Explore Mars Executive Director, he acts as the main liaison for efforts and project ventures. He has been an international spokesperson on behalf of various space related entities on numerous occasions.

In more recent years, he has led successful international conferences including the ISS and Mars Conference in Washington, D.C. and Strasbourg, France, and the Women and Mars Conference in Washington, D.C. In 2012, he represented Explore Mars as a delegate to the Mars500 Symposium in Moscow, Russia, and spearheaded the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, DC in May 2013.He currently serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Space Exploration Alliance, which is an umbrella group representing 13 space advocacy organizations with total membership of over 700,000 people.

Chris has helped launch programs such as the Mars Education Challenge, Mars Exploration Magazine and Mars Talk (an online video talk show) and the Campaign.  Chris has a black belt in Kung Fu and is an avid ocean kayaker.

Mike Cassidy


Mike Cassidy is a Director of Product Management at Google. He is currently leading Project Loon with Google[x].

Prior to joining Google, Mike was the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation.  Ruba helped travelers share their favorite places and was acquired by Google. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends and was acquired by MTV for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, etc. and was acquired by Ask Jeeves for $500 million.  Stylus Innovation’s flagship product was computer telephony software Visual Voice.  Artisoft acquired Stylus for $13M.  Mike has a BS/MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.  He graduated from Harvard Business School.

Donald Cornwell


Don Cornwell is the Mission Manager for LLCD and started his career NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in 1986, working on the Hubble Space Telescope 2nd servicing mission, the Cassini mission to Saturn, and the STS-77 shuttle mission. Don left NASA in 1998 for a telecommunications startup, Corvis Corp, where he was awarded eight patents for his work in Raman amplifier technology and was instrumental in the development and deployment of two nationwide fiber optic networks and Corvis’ subsequent $1.1B IPO. From 2006 to 2011, Don developed, sold, and deployed a $15M/yr commercial product line (from no initial revenues) as the VP of Instrument Systems at Sigma Space Corporation in Lanham, MD.   He returned to NASA Goddard in 2011 to manage the LLCD mission to the Moon. Don has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, where his advisor was Professor C.C. Davis.

Suzanne Davidson


Suzanne Davidson is the Lead Engineer for the Joint Station LAN (JSL) of the International Space Station (ISS) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Her responsibilities include development of the ISS Ethernet Architecture, infrastructure design, hardware certification, HW/SW configuration, system level testing and sustaining engineering. She has in-depth experience in network applications and project management. She initiated the Disruption/Delay Tolerant Networking Protocol for ISS within Boeing and the recent infusion of DTN routing nodes on the ISS. Prior to Boeing, she has held network/computer engineering positions at IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Compaq/HP.

 David Israel




Dave Israel is the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD).  He is in his 25th year of space communications engineering for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center.  He has led multiple technology developments and demonstrations.  These include the first high speed Internet connections to Earth’s South and North Poles and odd places in between via NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), and eventually an experiment on Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107.  He led various NASA Space Internetworking Studies, participated in the international Space Internetworking Strategy Group, and is a member of NASA’s DTN Project and the communications and navigation technology area roadmap team.

Fred Mednick


Dr. Mednick received his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz; his M.A.from Claremont Graduate School; and his doctoral degree from Seattle University. He wrote his dissertation on: “The Qualities of an Educated Teen for the 21st Century,” which extends a UNESCO report into the realm of implementation. His research work led to the founding of Teachers Without Borders so that teachers could connect to information and each other in order to advance education.

Prior to founding TWB, Fred served as the head of two prominent schools in the United States, both with extensive programs recognizing individual learning strengths, strengthening faculty professional development, community service, and global education. He is the author of Rebel Without A Car: A Principal’s Guide to Adolescence, which has been published throughout the United States and Europe, and was excerpted in a compilation called: “Parent School: The Best Parenting Books of our Time.” The book provided him the unique opportunity to work with the late Dr. Benjamin Spock.

Fred’s work with Teachers Without Borders has led his invitation to the prestigious Global Creative Leadership Summit for the past 4 years. (100 of the world’s promising leaders) and was Cisco Systems‘ guest at the Nobel Prize summit, and shall publish an article in the Commonwealth Minister’s Handbook for Ministers of Education in July, 2011. Presently, Dr. Mednick is also an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Jörg Ott


Jörg Ott is Professor for Networking Technology with a focus on Protocols, Services, and Software in the Department of Communications and Networking in the School of Electrical Engineering at Aalto University. From 1997 through early 2005, he was Assistant Professor in the Computer Networks group at the Universität Bremen and member of the Center for Computing Technologies (TZI). From 1992 through 1997 he worked as a research staff member with teaching responsibilities at TU Berlin. He received his Doctor in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in 1997 from Technische Universität Berlin.

His research interests are in network architectures, protocol design, and networked systems, from modeling to implementation. His current research focus areas include communication in challenged networks, particularly delay-tolerant/mobile opportunistic networking; adaptive real-time communication, information-centric networking, and network measurements. He is co-chair of the DTN Research Group in the IRTF. In the IETF, was co-chair of the MMUSIC working group from 1997 through 2009 and co-chaired the SIP working group from its foundation in 1999 to October 2002. Jörg co-founded Tellique Kommunikationstechnik GmbH (1998), which provided solutions for IP multicast-based content distribution and performance enhancements for satellite and other challenged networks; Lysatiq GmbH (2007), which provided solutions for disconnection tolerance and performance optimizations for challenged networks and mobile Internet access; and Spacetime Networks Oy (2013), which provides software solutions for enabling networking (not just) in challenging industrial environments.

Ross Stein


Ross Stein studies how earthquakes interact by the transfer of stress. He is the 2012 Natural Hazards Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture Award winner of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and gave a 2012 TEDx talk, ‘Defeating Earthquakes.’ He received a Sc.B. from Brown University magna cum laude and with honors, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the AGU and the Geological Society of America, was Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research during 1986-1989, and chaired AGU’s Board of Journal Editors in 2004-2006. In 2003, the Science Citation Index reported that Stein was the second most-cited author in earthquake science during the preceding decade; he was the tenth most cited during 1900-2010. He is a cofounder of the Global Earthquake Model, a public-private partnership building a seismic risk model for the world, and chairs GEM’s Scientific Board.

Stein has received the Eugene M. Shoemaker Distinguished Achievement Award of the USGS, the Excellence in Outreach Award of the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the Outstanding Contributions and Cooperation in Geoscience Award from NOAA. He was keynote speaker at the Smithsonian Institution for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and has given AGU’s Francis Birch Lecture and its Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture. Ross has appeared in many documentary films, including the Emmy-nominated documentary, ‘Killer Quake’ (NOVA, 1995), the four-part ‘Great Quakes’ series (Discovery, 1997-2001), and the multiple award-winning 2004 National Geographic IMAX movie ‘Forces of Nature,’ which he helped to write.

Fred Templin

TemplinBorderFred Templin is a computer networking R&D professional with focus on Internet protocol and data link specifications, operating system networking internals, networked applications, and programming languages. He has in-depth experience in Internet networking and security architectures for civil aviation, tactical military, space-based systems and enterprise network applications. Mr. Templin has been an active contributor to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since 1999. He is currently a senior research engineer in Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) since May 2005, where he is an Associate Technical Fellow of the Boeing Company.

Maria Uden


Maria Udén is Associate Professor in Human Work Science and works at the Gender and Technology unit. She has a MSc in engineering from 1988 (mining, mineral processing and metallurgy) and her transdisciplinary PhD thesis Women technically speaking was published in 2000.

Maria combines interdisciplinary research and development with working life studies, especially regarding women and gender in male-dominated occupations. A main interest is feminist approaches in the engineering sciences, another is gender and the development of the Arctic economy. The women’s movement in the Arctic and globally, and activities relating to women and gender in the knowledge society are sources of inspiration. Maria’s work relates to the theories and methodologies of the women’s movements in the Nordic academia; influences from European social sciences and feminist philosophy, and; particularly North American feminist science studies.

Since 2002, Maria has been engaged in development of alternative solutions for communications and internet access, primarily the DTN technology (Delay- and disruption Tolerant Networking).

Brett Willman

WillmanBorder2Brett Willman is the system manager for the Joint Station LAN of the International Space Station (ISS) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.  In this role, he is responsible for the lifecycle of computer systems on ISS, including infrastructure certification, configuration, maintenance, and decommission.  Prior to his current position, Brett served as a flight controller at NASA’s Mission Control Center for computer systems on ISS.  He was technical lead for Expedition 13 and STS-119.  Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Computer Science with an emphasis in Network Engineering and Information Security from Texas A&M University.


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