2019 SPEAKER BIOS

John Thornton

 

Chief Executive Officer

Astrobotic

John Thornton has grown Astrobotic’s business of delivering affordable space robotics technology and planetary missions by attracting technology contracts, equity investment, and payload customers. Thornton is coordinating the team and alliance for Peregrine’s development and the first mission. At Carnegie Mellon, Thornton led the build of Scarab, a NASA concept robot for lunar drilling, and the first robot to carry a prototype of NASA’s RESOLVE payload. He founded Carnegie Mellon’s Advanced Composites Lab, a research, training, design, and manufacturing lab specializing in high performance, lightweight composites for robotics.

 

Dr. James (Jim) Lauer Green

 

NASA Chief Scientist, Planetary Science Division

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Dr. Green received his Ph.D. in Space Physics from the University of Iowa in 1979 and began working in the Magnetospheric Physics Branch at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in 1980. At Marshall, Dr. Green developed and managed the Space Physics Analysis Network that provided scientists all over the world with rapid access to data, to other scientists, and to specific NASA computer and information resources. In addition, Dr. Green was a Safety Diver in the Neutral Buoyancy tank making over 150 dives until he left MSFC in 1985.

From 1985 to 1992 he was the head of the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The NSSDC is NASA’s largest space science data archive. In 1992, he became the Chief of the Space Science Data Operations Office until 2005, when he became the Chief of the Science Proposal Support Office. While at GSFC, Dr. Green was a co-investigator and the Deputy Project Scientist on the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) mission. He has written over 100 scientific articles in refereed journals involving various aspects of the Earth’s and Jupiter’s magnetospheres and over 50 technical articles on various aspects of data systems and networks.

In August 2006, Dr. Green became the Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters. Over his career, Dr. Green has received numerous awards. In 1988, he received the Arthur S. Flemming award given for outstanding individual performance in the federal government and was awarded Japan’s Kotani Prize in 1996 in recognition of his international science data management activities.

 

Mike Harvey WTAE-TV

Honorary Chairman

 

Chief Meteorologist Mike Harvey anchors the 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 PM Newscasts for Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

He is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society and holds both Seals of Approval.  Mike received the CBM designation from the American Meteorological Society, the highest certification given by the organization.

Mike is a multiple EMMY award winning meteorologist.  Mike was also chosen as “Weathercaster of the Year,” by the South Carolina Associated Press.

Mike has been a broadcast meteorologist for over 20 years.  His previous broadcast television experiences have taken him from the snows, bitter wind chills and tornadoes of the Northern Plains, to the persistent drizzle of the Pacific Northwest, to the humidity and hurricanes of South Carolina and Virginia and to the deserts, monsoons and mountains of the desert Southwest.  Mike worked previously as Chief Meteorologist in Portland, Oregon, Greenville, South Carolina, Phoenix, Arizona and Norfolk, Virginia.  

Mike spent four and a half years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a navigator (quartermaster) patrolling the Caribbean to the Great Lakes.  He received three meritorious commendations for his work during drug patrols in the Caribbean, flooding in the Great Lakes and Green Peace protests in Washington State.

He majored in Aerospace Science at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.  After completion of college and prior to his days on television, Mike worked for the Jeppesen/Boeing Aviation Corporation in Denver.  He studied meteorology at Mississippi State University.  

Mike is involved in many charities and is Chairman of WTAE’s Project Bundle-Up.  Project Bundle-Up is a joint effort of WTAE-TV and The Salvation Army.  The program has raised over 14 million dollars and provided new winter outerwear to over 275,000 disadvantaged children and seniors across Western Pennsylvania.

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