Adventures in Space – August 18

Spend an afternoon hearing from two exciting people that work in the space industry!

Ryan Prouty, one of Wyoming's "Hidden Figures" grew up in Casper and is a University of Wyoming graduate. She works at NASA as a manager of mission integration and operations. Ryan will share stories about the International Space Station as well as her journey from UW as a math major to working at a job that has taken her around the world. Ryan will be able to share first hand what it takes to keep the International Space Station in operation.

Ryan lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. She misses the mountains of Wyoming but loves her job too much to leave.

Scott Tibbitts is a technology entrepreneur and nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship. He is currently CEO of Katasi working in partnership with Sprint in the US and Telstra in Australia to deploy the world’s first cloud-based distracted driving solution. Scott and the Katasi story was featured by Katie Couric as part of her World 3.0 series on technologies that are changing the world.

Scott received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1980. After graduation, he moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to be a ski bum, and then to Colorado to work as a nuclear weapons engineer. In 1987 he founded Starsys, as a result of bringing a promising actuator technology to NASA with the suggestion it could be used to replace explosives on spacecraft. NASA concurred, and with Scott as CEO, Starsys became the world’s leading supplier of mechanical systems for spacecraft, with 150 employees and $18M in revenues. Products included mars rover motors, spacecraft docking systems, solar array pointing motors, and the cooling louvers for the Pluto Express spacecraft. Starsys track record of 3500 mechanisms flown on more than 350 spacecraft with 100% success is unmatched in the aerospace industry.

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