2021 Ohio Space Forum
Tuesday, May 18th

2021 OSF Agenda

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

9:00 – 9:30 AM


  • JobsOhio Opening Comments
  • Gov Mike DeWine, State of Ohio (Invited)
  • U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Ohio’s 9th District (Invited)
  • U.S. Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH), Ohio’s 10th District
  • U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), Ohio’s 13th District (Invited)
  • State Representative Adam Holmes, Ohio’s 97th District, Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee (OAATC) Lead

9:30 – 9:50 AM 

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

  • Mr. Steve Jurczyk, NASA Administrator, Acting

9:50-10:10 AM

National Space Council Update

  • Gen (ret) Lester Lyles

10:10-10:25 AM

Ohio’s Integrated Space Strategy

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

10:25 – 10:35 AM


10:35 – 11:05 AM

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

  • Col Maurizio “Mo” Calabrese, Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC)
  • 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 (AIAA)

11:20 – 11:40 AM

Fireside Chat

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

11:40 – 12:00 PM

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Keynote
Ohio’s Key Role in Space Intel and Space Technology

  • Dr. Christopher Scolese, Director, NRO

12:00 – 1:00 PM

-Lunch Break-

1:00 – 1:20 PM

Fireside Chat

  • COL (ret) Douglas Wheelock, NASA Astronaut
  • Col (ret) Pam Melroy, NASA Astronaut, Consultant, Chair of the National Academy’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB)

1:20 – 1:40 PM 


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

1:40 – 1:55 PM

Status Brief of Strategic Space Industry

1:55 – 2:25 PM

Industry Panel

Moderator: Dr. Brandon “B.T.” Cesul, Technical Fellow & Principal Space Engineer, KBR, Inc.

  • Mark Dapore, L3 Harris Tehcnologies
  • George Satornino, Chief Executive Officer, Sierra Lobo
  • Dr. Carlos Grodsinsky, Chief Operating Officer, ZIN Technologies; Chairman, Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council

2:25 – 2:40 PM

Space Intelligence Brief

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



2:45 – 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 and Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) Lead

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Space Force Fireside Chat

  • Lt Gen John Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center
  • U.S. Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH), Ohio’s 10th District (Requested)

-Closing Remarks/Adjourn-