US-ATMC (EE402A) Special Seminar: Overview — The Evolution of Commercial Space Businesses: Is Now the Time for Asia?
- Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Faculty and Former Chief Impact Officer at Singularity University, Co-Founder and Senior Consultant at International Space Consultants, and Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, New Zealand.
Originally from the Philippines, Emeline has traveled to over 75 countries, and has lived and worked in the Philippines, France, Switzerland, Canada, U.S., Spain, Sweden, Austria, and China. She has a BS in Physics from the University of the Philippines and an MS in Earth and Space Science from York University, Canada. She attended the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program in Strasbourg, Francea, subsequently working and volunteering for ISU. She has served as Director of Program Development and Research and Director of Operations for Space Adventures Ltd, a space tourism company sending private citizens to the International Space Station. She also worked and consulted for several startups including Odyssey Moon and Moon Express, which plan commercial transport to the Moon. Emeline is co-author of the book "Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight" (Univ of Nebraska Press, 2013).
- Rick Giarrusso, Founder and Managing Director at Finance Technology Leverage LLC
A serial entrepreneur and leader in developing exciting new businesses and new markets, Rick is now an active investor and advisor to numerous high-growth companies. Over the past 20 years, Rick's history of launching market-changing companies has spanned software, aerospace, consumer products, energy, and financial services. In 1996, Rick co-founded and served as CFO of Rotary Rocket Company, which revolutionized the aerospace industry–effectively creating the private space industry as we know it today. Rick's work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Time, CNN, Fox News, NBC Nightly News, New Scientist, and other newspaper articles, movies, television documentaries, and books. Rick is on several corporate boards, and has been a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Rick holds a Ph.D. in management science and engineering from Stanford University; he also studied engineering at Washington University and mathematics at Princeton University.