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August 30 – 31, 2017
JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square

Kira Blackwell

Kira Blackwell
Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA Headquarters

Kira Blackwell brings with her a wealth of experience in business management that began almost three decades ago with the management of a $3 million store at the age of 18. It is her entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity that has enabled Blackwell to build a diverse set of skills and strategically assist businesses for success across aerospace, biotechnology, and technology management. She has strong business acumen as a results-driven decisive leader and is experienced in establishing and managing diverse strategic partnerships with not-for-profit organizations, small start-up companies and fortune 500 corporations. In her role within the Office of the Chief Technologist, Blackwell is the Innovation Liaison supporting the NASA Deputy Administrators’ Innovation Framework, the agency's innovation strategy. Prior to joining our team, Blackwell managed her own consulting business working with several start-up companies, providing business solutions, leadership and business connections as businesses began to navigate through the business start-up process. She also contracted with Jacobs at the NASA White Sands Test Facility, developing quantitative Federal and State level support across New Mexico, identifying new business opportunities and initiating the discussions for a collaborative partnership with New Mexico State University. Blackwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.

Participating Events

Thursday, August 31, 2017
9:25 a.m. to
10:25 a.m.
Panel: NASA iTech as a Model for Stimulating Innovation
Location: Metropolitan Ballroom - 2nd Floor
Moderator:

Kira Blackwell

Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA Headquarters
Panelists:

Sean Caffey

Co-Founder and Chairman
Context AI

Francisco Cruz

CBRN Consequence Management Advisory Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Hadi Ghasemi

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Houston

Peter Kim

Vice President
Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation

Jose Ocasio-Christian

Chief Executive Officer
Caelus Partners, LLC

Harry Partridge

Center Chief Technologist
NASA Ames Research Center

 

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