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STAC Presents

Space Tech Symposium

6 May 2019 with 10 speakers - Berkeley, California

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STAC 2019 Space Tech Symposium

Space Tech Symposium @ Berkeley 2019 is a gathering of space tech pioneers in industry and research. Top startups executives, scientists, and engineers will present their visions of the future of space tech and much more. Attendees will be able to interact with presenters as well as with fellow industry professionals attending the event. We’ll be holding 3 main speaker panels on Robotics in Space, Biology in Space, and Earth-Space Services, as well as a keynote presentation.

DATE 6 May 2019

LOCATION Sibley Auditorium, Berkeley, CA

SPEAKERS 10 Professional Speakers


We are bringing you the perfect combination of content and experience to ignite your
heart, equip your mind, and spark your space journey.

Symposium Agenda

We are very excited about the talks we have planned for you.
Only at Space Tech Symposium 2018 this spring in Berkeley, California.

May 6, 2019

  • Session 1 - 04:30-06:10
  • Session 2 - 06:15 - 08:30

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Monday, 6 May, 2019 with 10 speakers - Berkeley, California

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Your first Symposium
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  • "We cannot just assume great ideas are being worked on."
  • "There are great knowns and there are great known unknowns, but there are also great unknown unknowns. Space is one of those."
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    • Keynote Speakers
    • Pannel Discussions
    • Networking Access
    • Project Symposium
    • Free Food
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    • Main Event speeches
    • Keynote Speakers
    • Pannel Discussions
    • Networking Access
    • Project Symposium
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Terry Fong

Terry Fong is NASA's Senior Scientist for Autonomous Systems and the Chief Roboticist at the NASA Ames Research Center. Terry previously was the project manager for the NASA Human Exploration Telerobotics project, which develops and tests advanced remotely-operated systems on the International Space Station (ISS). Terry's latest robot, Astrobee, was launched to the ISS in April. Terry received his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Alice Agogino

Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She currently serves as Chair of the Graduate Group in Development Engineering and Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. She directs research in the BEST (Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities) Lab and the Product Design MEng program. She is also co-founder and CEO of Squishy Robotics, developer of rapidly deployable sensor robots for disaster response, monitoring and space exploration. Agogino has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has won numerous teaching, mentoring, best paper and research awards.

Alexander Harmsen

Rachel Clemens

Rachel Clemens has focused her career on advancing life science research and product development through experiments in space. Rachel obtained a PhD in molecular biology at OHSU and then worked as a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. In her current role as a Commercial Innovation Manager at the ISS US National Lab, she brings life science research to low earth orbit. She is eager to entertain even the craziest of ideas and passionate about finding new solutions to Earth-bound problems.

Tony Ricco

Tony Ricco is the Chief Technologist for Small Payloads at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. He received BS and PhD degrees in chemistry from UC Berkeley and MIT, respectively. Tony’s professional experience includes development of chemical microsensors and microsystems, polymer microfluidic systems for biotech. applications, point-of-care medical diagnostic devices, and autonomous bioanalytical systems for biological space studies and the search for life on the icy worlds of our solar system.

Nick Allain

Nick shaped Spire’s global brand presence for more than 6 years and brought press to New Space in nearly every major outlet. He was an early member of Spire’s team, dating back to when the company was still in its San Francisco incubator. Previous to his work in New Space, he worked at Brown University where he lead the ivy’s live streaming program which hosted talks from luminaries including the Dalai Lama and Gloria Steinem.

Rachel Olney

Rachel Olney is a Stanford University Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate and the Founder and CEO of Geosite Inc. She has taught innovation frameworks and built standard operating procedures for the most elite special operations. She has also helped create and scale an international program in national security innovation and conducted research for the US Air Force on the Strategic Implications of Ultra Low-Cost Access to Space. As the CEO of Geosite she leads a Venture Capital backed Silicon Valley startup disrupting the geospatial data industry, making it easier for logistically intensive industries, such as Oil and Gas and the Department of Defense and Intelligence Communities, to easily leverage spatial data to increase operational efficiency.

Dr. Ben Longmier

Dr. Ben Longmier was previously the Founder and CEO of Aether Industries (acquired by Apple in 2015). While at Apple, Ben led an Aerospace R&D effort for several company objectives. Prior to working at Apple, Ben was a tenure track Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Ben holds a PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA-JSC.

John Cumbers

John Cumbers is the founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, a global innovation network and community of entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors. He is the co-author of "What's Your Bio Strategy?" a book on the impact that synthetic biology is having on all business. John ​​has been consulting to leading companies and investors on the impact of synthetic biology for over a decade. He has received multiple awards and grants from ​NASA and the National Academy of Sciences for his work in the field.

Daniel Garalde

Daniel Garalde used nanopores to study single-molecule functional complexes of DNA polymerases in one of the pioneering nanopore research groups at University of California Santa Cruz where he did a Ph.D in computer engineering. Daniel consulted Oxford nanopore on strand-sequencing technology in 2010 and joined Oxford Nanopore full-time in 2011. He has driven forward-looking research projects including cDNA and Direct RNA sequencing, drawing on his experience with electrical engineering, biochemistry and nanopores. Daniel is currently supporting customer projects and research collaborators in California from Oxford Nanopore’s new San Francisco office.