The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation
Adam Steltzner, NASA
Tuesday, September 24 | 9:00am - 10:00am | Room 21/22
FREE to All Attendees!
With a rich and varied background, Adam Steltzner had many of the needed skills to lead the landing team for the Curiosity rover. That said, his team would struggle for almost a decade with design challenges and set backs. How did he keep the team focused and on task? What makes a team gel and enables truly innovative thinking? How do team dynamics drive that process forward or inhibit it? And how can organizational culture create an environment for sustained performance? The challenges he and the team faced and the lessons learned from those struggles can help audiences understand how to better lead their high performing teams, manage innovation and drive towards excellence.
A history-making Ph.D. rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is recognized as one of NASA's leading – and most unique – innovators. For nearly a decade, Adam led and inspired the breakthrough team that invented the ingenious "sky crane" landing system that so spectacularly landed the Mars rover, Curiosity on the Martian surface 300,000,000 miles from Earth in 2012. Next, Adam will lead NASA's Mars 2020 Project that will gather core samples of Mars for scientific discovery.
To the Moon! Orion's Next Giant Leap into Deep Space
W. Michael Hawes, DSc, Lockheed Martin Space
Wednesday, September 25 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Room 21/22
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NASA's Artemis program has a bold charter to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. To achieve this feat, the Orion spacecraft has been designed, developed and tested by Lockheed Martin to gear up for our nation's next giant leap into deep space. Dr. Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Vice President for Human Space Exploration and Orion Program Manager, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Orion's development and technology innovations that empower this next generation spacecraft to take astronauts to explore farther than humankind has ever ventured.
W. Michael Hawes, DSc, is the Vice President Human Space Exploration and Orion Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Space. Dr. Hawes joined Lockheed Martin in July 2011 after concluding a 33-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and was selected to head up Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program Office in 2014.