2023 ASCEND Adds Speakers to Three-Day Event Written 12 September 2023


ASCEND-2023-Banner-june2023September 12, 2023 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) today announced more speakers who have been added to the three-day program at 2023 ASCEND, 23–25 October, Caesars Forum, Las Vegas. ASCEND is the world’s premier outcomes-focused, interdisciplinary space event designed to accelerate building our off-world future.

These newly confirmed speakers cut across the international, civil, commercial, and national security space sectors, as well as adjacent industries, including:

  • Dean Bellamy, Executive Vice President, National Security Space, Redwire
  • John Couluris, Vice President, Lunar Permanence, Blue Origin
  • Stefanie Countryman, Director, BioServe Space Technologies
  • Erik Daehler, Vice President, Orbital Systems and Services, Sierra Space
  • Walt Engelund, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Ron Garan, CEO, ispace U.S.
  • Bill Gerstenmaier, Vice President of Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
  • Mary Guenther, Director of Space Policy, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
  • Daniel Hastings, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Eric Ingram, CEO, SCOUT Space, Inc.
  • Aarti Matthews, Director, Starship Crew and Cargo Programs, SpaceX
  • Ryan McDevitt, CEO, Benchmark Space Systems
  • Ralph McNutt, Chief Scientist, Space Science, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Michelle Munk, Chief Architect, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA
  • John O’Meara, Chief Scientist, W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Donna Roberts, Deputy Chief Scientist, ISS National Laboratory
  • Even Rogers, CEO, True Anomaly
  • Arun Sharma, Assistant Professor, Cedars-Sinai
  • Matthew Shouppe, Chief Commercial Officer, Kayhan Space
  • Nathan Simington, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Registration for the 2023 ASCEND event is open now. Journalists from around the world are invited to cover 2023 ASCEND; press passes are available for credentialed media by request.

AIAA Media Contact: Rebecca Gray, RebeccaG@AIAA.org, 804-397-5270 cell

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