During this time, Rob oversaw Blue’s growth in staff (10 to 1500+), budget ($10M to $1B) and facilities (1 site to 6, 50K to 1M+ sq ft). Before joining the AIAA staff in January 2018, Dumbacher was a Professor of Engineering Practice in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, where he taught courses in systems thinking, systems engineering, and space policy. Programs included the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), the Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures and CommonExoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Definition. Dr. Dava Newman served as NASA Deputy Administrator from 2015–2017, and was responsible for articulating the agency's vision, providing leadership and policy direction, and representing NASA to the White House, Congress, international space agencies, and industry. During this time, he provided programmatic direction for the integration and operation of the ISS, space communications, and space launch vehicles. He holds several patents. Prior to Pratt & Whitney, Maser served in several other high-profile roles, including president and general manager at Boeing-led Sea Launch company, and president and chief operating officer at SpaceX. Facktor brings over 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current role. As the leader of Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he was responsible for managing sales, marketing, strategy, communications and government relations activities in the region. Clay Mowry is Vice President for global sales, marketing and customer experience at Blue Origin, a private space company developing launch vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads. Among other distinctions, Facktor was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. It’s both of those things and more—a place to collaborate, make ideas real, and help them take flight. He has also completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University. In 2009, Kay was appointed to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee to provide information, technical expertise, advice and guidance regarding issues that may affect national security telecommunications capabilities. He led final assembly and testing of space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle payloads, including hardware destined for the International Space Station. Before becoming assistant administrator, Lightfoot was director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Named to the position in August 2009, he headed one of NASA's largest field installations, which plays a critical role in NASA’s space operations, exploration and science missions. Jim Chilton is senior vice president of the Space and Launch division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). ASCEND is built on the belief that every member of the space community has something in common: a commitment to human exploration, interest in the effective utilization of space resources, and a focus on the long-term sustainability of the space enterprise.