Melanie Stricklan

Melanie Stricklan

Melanie Stricklan is the inaugural Executive Director of Space Workforce 2030 (SW2030), a pioneering alliance that unites the world’s top space companies with the shared goal of inspiring, preparing, and employing a more dynamic and vibrant space workforce to drive humanity into the next era. As a recognized leader in both government and commercial space…

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Heidi Ragsdale

Heidi Ragsdale is a STEM educator’s educator! After nearly 20 years in eighth grade science, Heidi now runs STEM is My Future, LLC, where she provides STEM professional development for teachers with geographic information systems (GIS) technologies, problem-based learning, and Maker Ed.

Heidi Ragsdale is a STEM educator’s educator! After nearly 20 years in eighth grade science, Heidi now runs STEM is My Future, LLC, where she provides STEM professional development for teachers with geographic information systems (GIS) technologies, problem-based learning, and Maker Ed. Currently, Heidi works at Grand Junction MakerSpace at the Business Incubator, a community makerspace in western Colorado. She serves as a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison and mentor; a Space Exploration Educator Crew Orion member with Space Center Houston; a JPL Solar System Ambassador; a 2020 – 2022 National Geographic Society grantee; an Esri teacher trainer for GIS; a teacher forum member of Beyond100K; a Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) ambassador; the webmaster for Colorado Delta Kappa Gamma; an art jurist for DKG International, and is on the boards of the Latin Anglo Alliance Foundation and Colorado Association of Science Teachers. She is the founder of Colorado Space Craft, Geo Maker Institute and #GJSpaceLadies, a group of like-minded space-loving educators who get it done! Heidi’s favorite things to make are beautiful digital maps and photos, space and geo-jewelry, and a difference on Earth.

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Col. Pam Melroy, USAF (Ret.)

Col. (USAF, ret) Pam Melroy was sworn in as the NASA Deputy Administrator on June 21.

As Deputy Administrator, Melroy performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the Administrator, assists the Administrator in making final agency decisions, and acts for the Administrator in his absence by performing all necessary functions to govern NASA operations. Melroy is also responsible for laying the agency’s vision and representing NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of federal and other appropriate government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities.

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Brendan Rosseau

Brendan Rosseau is a Teaching Fellow and a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, focused on the economics of space activities. He has also spent time as a consultant with the U.S. Space Force and developing space policy in Washington, D.C.

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