University of Colorado Boulder  |  University Memorial Center

September 29th 2021

Timothy Cichan

Space Exploration Architect

Lockheed Martin

Morning Keynote

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Bradley Cheetham is an engineer, 3x entrepreneur and lifelong commercial space advocate. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Advanced Space where he leads company operations and strategy to deliver flight dynamics and operations software and services to clients across the space industry Cheetham earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his Masters in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has also conducted significant research on spacecraft navigation in support of a Doctorate of Philosophy. He continues to serve as lead instructor and curriculum developer for a graduate level course in Commercial Spaceflight Operations at CU Boulder. As an advocate for the space industry, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Future Space Leaders Foundation, is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, and serves on the Board of Advisors and the Board of Trustees of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).





Maj General Tim Lawson

Mobilization Assistant to the Commander

United States Space Command 

Lunchtime Keynote

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Bradley Cheetham is an engineer, 3x entrepreneur and lifelong commercial space advocate. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Advanced Space where he leads company operations and strategy to deliver flight dynamics and operations software and services to clients across the space industry Cheetham earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his Masters in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has also conducted significant research on spacecraft navigation in support of a Doctorate of Philosophy. He continues to serve as lead instructor and curriculum developer for a graduate level course in Commercial Spaceflight Operations at CU Boulder. As an advocate for the space industry, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Future Space Leaders Foundation, is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, and serves on the Board of Advisors and the Board of Trustees of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).





Jeanne Atwell

Vice President and Chief Engineer

Ball Aerospace

Afternoon Keynote

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Dr. Jeanne Atwell is the Vice President of Engineering at Ball Aerospace. In this role, Dr. Atwell engages across the company focusing on execution throughout the life cycle of Ball Aerospace programs, from proposal to final delivery. In her 20 years at Ball Aerospace, Dr. Atwell has served in widely diverse roles, including as a data scientist, systems engineer, technical manager and functional manager. She has supported programs in all phases of the program life cycle, from architecture studies to requirements development and post-delivery support, including serving as chief engineer on several programs and proposals. In addition, she directed the internally- and externally-funded research and development portfolio for the National Defense business unit. Most recently, she served as the senior director of Advanced Mission Solutions, supporting the National Defense business unit. In this role, she oversaw programs and business development for critical national security space missions, including survivability and resiliency, advanced technology and missions and special programs. As a National Reconnaissance Office Technology Fellow in 2004, Dr. Atwell completed a government-sponsored research project focused on mission analysis. As part of her research, Dr. Atwell met with defense contractors around the world to learn firsthand how the aerospace industry serves the intelligence community. Dr. Atwell received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a M.A. in mathematics from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.





Bradley Cheetham

CEO/President Advanced Space

Morning Keynotes on Startups in Aerospace

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Bradley Cheetham is an engineer, 3x entrepreneur and lifelong commercial space advocate. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Advanced Space where he leads company operations and strategy to deliver flight dynamics and operations software and services to clients across the space industry Cheetham earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his Masters in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has also conducted significant research on spacecraft navigation in support of a Doctorate of Philosophy. He continues to serve as lead instructor and curriculum developer for a graduate level course in Commercial Spaceflight Operations at CU Boulder. As an advocate for the space industry, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Future Space Leaders Foundation, is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, and serves on the Board of Advisors and the Board of Trustees of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).