Thank you for a successful 2021 Ohio Space Forum!
Information for 2022 coming soon!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

8:45 – 9:30 AM

Welcome/Opening; Elaine Bryant, Dayton Development Coalition and JobsOhio

  • JobsOhio Opening Comments; J.P. Nauseef, President and CEO, JobsOhio
  • Gov Mike DeWine

Federal and State Delegation Introductions; J.P. Nauseef, President and CEO, JobsOhio

  • Senator Sherrod Brown
  • Senator Rob Portman
  • Representative Tim Ryan
  • Representative Michael R. Turner
  • Representative Anthony E. Gonzalez
  • State Senator Matt Dolan
  • State Representative Adam Holmes

Partner Remarks; Mr. Bill Koehler, CEO, Team NEO


9:30 – 9:50 AM

NASA Keynote-Introduction by Dr. John M. Sankovic, President and CEO, Ohio Aerospace Institute

  • Mr. Steve Jurczyk, NASA Associate Administrator

9:50-10:10 AM

National Space Council Update

  • Gen (ret) Lester Lyles

10:10-10:30 AM

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Keynote

  • Dr. Troy E. Meink, Principal Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office

10:30 – 10:35 AM


10:35 – 11:05 AM

Military and Federal Perspectives Panel: Moderator: Gen (ret) William Shelton, former Commander, USAF Space Command

  • Col Mo Calabrese, Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center
  • Col Kimberly Fitzgerald, Wing Commander, 178th Wing
  • Dr. Marla Pérez-Davis, Director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center
  • Dr. Kelly Hammett, AFRL Deputy Technical Executive Officer for Space Science and Technology

11:05 – 11:20 AM

Space Workforce Presentation

  • Mr. Dan Dumbacher, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

11:20 – 11:40 AM

Fireside Chat

  • Mr. Chirag Parikh, Senior Director, Azure Space at Microsoft
  • Mr. Larry Connor, Managing Partner, The Connor Group

11:40 – 11:55 PM

Ohio’s Integrated Space Strategy-Introduction: Mr. Glenn Richardson, Managing Director, JobsOhio

  • Col (ret) Joe Zeis, Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense, Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

11:55 – 12:45 PM

-Lunch Break-

12:45 – 12:50 PM

Welcome Back

12:50 – 1:10 PM

Fireside Chat

  • COL (ret) Douglas Wheelock, NASA Astronaut
  • COL (ret) Gregory L. Bowman, President, Corporate Development & Chief Innovation Officer, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

1:10 – 1:25 PM

SpaceWERX Update

  • Lt Col Walter “Rock” McMillan, Director, SpaceWERX

1:25 – 1:45 PM

Eisenhower’s School Perspective on Space-Introduction by BG Joy Curriera, Commandant, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School at National Defense University

Col Nathan Mooney II, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy

1:45 – 2:15 PM

Industry Panel

Moderator: Dr. Brandon “B.T.” Cesul, Technical Fellow & Principal Space Engineer, KBR, Inc.
  • Mr. Mark Dapore, L3 Harris Tehcnologies
  • Mr. George Satornino, Chief Executive Officer, Sierra Lobo
  • Dr. Carlos Grodsinsky, Chief Operating Officer, ZIN Technologies; Chairman, Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council
  • Mr. Arnie Streland, Corporate Lead Executive, Northrop Grumman Corporation

2:15 – 2:35 PM

Space Intelligence Brief

  • Maj Gen Leah Lauderback, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters, U.S. Space Force



2:40 – 3:00 PM

Battelle Keynote

  • Mr. Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer, President and CEO, Battelle

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Academic Panel Moderator: Dennis Andersh, CEO, Parallax Advanced Research, Ohio Federal Research Network Lead

  • Col Elvert Gardner, Assistant Professor and Space Force Service Chair, The Eisenhower School – National Defense University
  • Dr. John Horack, Professor and Neil Armstrong Chair, Senior Associate Dean of Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • Mr. Charles Doarn, Research Professor, Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences, MPH Program Director, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Special Assistant to the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer
  • Dr. Yong Tao, Betty L. Gordon Endowed Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Washkewicz College of Engineering, Cleveland State University
  • Dr. Randy Ellingson, Professor of Physics, Ohio’s Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization, The University of Toledo

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Space Force Fireside Chat

  • Lt Gen John Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center
  • Representative Michael Turner

-Closing Remarks/Adjourn-