Silicon Valley Monthly Seminar: August

Silicon Valley Monthly Seminar: August

For our next webinar, Dave Thompson will discuss, “My 50-Year Adventure: From Teenage Rocketeer to Space Entrepreneur to Caltech Board Chair.”

Thu
8/18/22
 
5:30 pm
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Thu
8/18/22
 
7:00 pm
  
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Online (Zoom)
5:30 pm
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7:00 pm
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Add to Calendar 2022-08-18 17:30 2022-08-18 19:00 America/Los_Angeles Silicon Valley Monthly Seminar: August For our next webinar, Dave Thompson will discuss, “My 50-Year Adventure: From Teenage Rocketeer to Space Entrepreneur to Caltech Board Chair.” Online (Zoom)
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My 50-Year Adventure: From Teenage Rocketeer to Space Entrepreneur to Caltech Board Chair

By Dave Thompson

In this talk, Dave will recount many of the adventures in his 50-year career in rocket and satellite engineering and management. Highlights will include his work as a Caltech graduate student on JPL’s first Mars landing missions; his experiences in starting Orbital Sciences Corp, one of the first privately-funded space companies; and his continuing leadership of Orbital for more than 35 years, as it grew to over $5 billion in annual sales, before combining four years ago with Northrop Grumman to create the world’s largest manufacturer of spacecraft and missiles.

Dave is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Caltech. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of the Carnegie Institution for Science and a Trustee of the Aerospace Corporation. During 2019-2020, he was the Hunsaker Visiting Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.

Dave was President and Chief Executive Officer of Orbital ATK, a world leader in aerospace and defense technologies, from its founding in 1982 until its sale to Northrop Grumman in 2018. Before co-founding the company, Dave was assistant to the president of Hughes Aircraft Company’s Missile Systems Group and was a project manager and engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. As a college student, he worked on the first Mars landing missions at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and on Space Shuttle projects at NASA’s Langley Research Center and Johnson Space Center.

Dave received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, a M.S. in Aeronautics from Caltech, and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and International Academy of Astronautics.

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