Biography - John Mankins

John MankinsJohn Mankins

Co-Chair
IAA Study Group

John C. Mankins is President of the Space Power Association, President of ARTEMIS Innovation Management Solutions and Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Managed Energy Technologies. He is an internationally recognized leader in space systems and technology innovation. Mankins spent 25 years as an executive at NASA and CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where his experience ranged from flight projects and space mission operations to systems level innovation and advanced technology research and development management.

Mankins is also known as an innovator in R&D management and was one of the creators of the widely used “technology readiness level” scale for technology assessment. For 10 years John Mankins managed Advanced Concept Studies at NASA in which he led critical studies of space solar power, highly reusable space transportation and affordable human exploration approaches. In recognition of his accomplishments he has received numerous awards and honors including the prestigious NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal. He holds graduate degrees in Physics and an MBA in Public Policy Analysis. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Sigma Xi Research Society.


Symposium Panelists & Presentations
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Symposium Sponsors

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Symposium Speakers

George Dietrich, President, SPACE Canada
John Mankins, CO-Chair, IAA Study Group
Nobuyuki Kaya, CO-Chair, IAA Study Group

International Policy Forum
Bob McDonald, Master of Ceremonies
Hon. John Milloy,
Marc Garneau

Dan Fortin, Key Note Speaker

PANEL: Space-Based Solutions to Earth-Bound Problems
Richard Peltier
Bryan Erb
Wael Almazeedi

PANEL: From Space Research to Commercialization
Ted Hewitt
Kieran Carroll
Robert Zee

PRESENTATION: Entrepreneurs in Space
Bob Richards

PANEL: Space Policy
John Siebert
Ram Jakhu

MEDIA PANEL: Political Will and
Public Perception

Peter Calamai
Stephen Strauss
Iain Carson
Alanna Mitchell