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    Turning Technology into a Business Panel Discussion

    Turning Technology into a Business Panel Discussion


    Stephen Fleming   JasonDunn   David Thompson   Tylko   Facktor-Lepore-Photo
    Stephen Fleming
    Vice President & Executive Director, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Tech (Invited)
      Jason Dunn
    Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, Made in Space
      David W. Thompson
    Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Orbital Sciences Corporation
      John Tylko
    Chief Innovation Officer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation  
      Debra Facktor Lepore
    Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace Technologies Corporation  


    Have you ever thought that you’d like to be your own boss? Many engineers and scientists with an entrepreneurial spirit dream of turning their ideas into a viable business. The aerospace industry is filled with stories of engineers and scientists who have successfully created their own company. There is no playbook that guarantees an assured path for starting and growing a successful business from the ground up. However, there are best practices and lessons to be learned from people who have successfully done so. This panel of your professional colleagues who have started their own businesses will cover the critical relationships between technology, product, and market and provide insights on what it takes to turn a good idea into a successful business.