Project Executive, Commercial Space Capabilities, NASA
Dennis Stone is a management, finance, and technical professional with 38 years of experience. During 30 years at NASA, he helped manage nearly $1B in investment by NASA in commercial space capabilities. He helped start and execute NASA's successful Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program which invested in SpaceX and Orbital to carry cargo between Earth and Low Earth Orbit. He led the business team in both COTS investment rounds, in the first rounds of the Commercial Crew Program, and recently on Commercial Space Capabilities. Today as Project Executive he manages NASA support to SpaceX, Orbital ATK, United Launch Alliance, and Final Frontier Design. Before COTS, Mr. Stone had two decades of International Space Station (ISS) experience, including a Chief System Engineer of the Assured Crew Return Vehicle, Manager of Avionics Integration, and ISS Commercialization Working Group Chair. He began his space career designing flight avionics and ground systems at McDonnell Douglas and Ford Aerospace and supporting Shuttle/payload integration with Rockwell. In 2012, he founded CereChem, Ltd., which has a potentially game-changing oncology technology which targets cancer at the cellular level. His company is preparing to begin clinical trials and license this globally. It also markets innovative personal care products. Mr. Stone is also volunteer President of World Space Week Association, a non-profit which globally coordinates UN-declared World Space Week, the largest space event on Earth each October 4-10 in over 70 nations. He earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, in Physics and Electrical Engineering, from the University of Hawaii and is Associate Fellow of the AIAA.