The 2018 35 Under 35 Selection Committee

/The 2018 35 Under 35 Selection Committee
The 2018 35 Under 35 Selection Committee 2018-01-13T20:18:56+00:00
Rob Alexander
Rob AlexanderIISC Exectutive Director
Rob Alexander assumed the role of Executive Director in June of 2017. Mr. Alexander has worked in various human space flight for the last 20 years, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs in various capacities with United Space Alliance (a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin), McDonald Dettwiler (the Canadian space robotics company), and Science Applications International Corporation (an international engineering and science contractor). He was in the private space sector for several years as a member of the NanoRacks team in Houston, Texas. Most recently, he has been involved with the secondary payload cubesat deployment system on the Space Launch System as an employee of Bastion Technologies at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Mr. Alexander has a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Space Studies degree from the International Space University.
Chris Stott
Chris StottCEO of ManSat
Chris Stott is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, the company he cofounded with his father, Bryan, in 1998. In 2000 he left his position as Director of International Commercialisation and Sales with Lockheed Martin Space Operations to become ManSat's President. Prior to his work with Lockheed Martin, Chris was an executive with the McDonnell Douglas and the Boeing Company working in International Business Development on the Delta Launch Vehicle program.

Chris received his Masters degree (MSc) from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France in 1996, where he has served on Faculty since 2003 and is a former Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business. He also serves as Faculty at Singularity University and is a Guest Lecturer for the TED Fellows program.

Chris currently sits on the Board of Directors of the IISC.

Soyeon Yi
Soyeon YiAstronaut, Author, and Inspirational Speaker
Soyeon had demonstrated leadership throughout her space career. In December 2006, she was selected as final two Korean astronaut candidates among 36,000 candidates and has started working at the Korean Astronaut Project Division, KARI as a researcher. From March 2007 till April 2008 she has been conducted the general space training for the Space Flight Participant in the Y. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. On 8 April 2008, she was launched into space on board Soyuz TMA-12, with two Russian cosmonauts, Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, and returned to Earth along with ISS crew members Peggy Whitson and Yuri Malenchenko aboard Soyuz TMA-11, on April 19, 2008. After her flight, she works as a senior researcher at KARI as well as acting as Korea's space ambassador.
Recently, Dr. Yi received her MBA at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis on technology and global leadership in May 2014. Since then, she relocated in Pacific Northwest, Seattle area.
Jose Hernandez
Jose HernandezAstronaut and CEO of Tierra Luna Engineering
Known for his incredible like story of growing up economically disadvantaged to flying to space, Jose has gained acclaim world wide for his space activities as a Senior Business Development and Strategic Operations Executive, Award winning, patent-holding U.S. NASA Astronaut and Senior Business Executive with record of opening new markets and creating new business opportunities. Motivational Speaker and author of the books: "Reaching for the Stars" and "El Cosechador de Estrellas".

He recently gained media acclaim for his part in a recent Modelo beer commercial, which focused on the story of Jose and his family.

Noah Rhys
Noah RhysPresident of YetiSpace
Noah is the founder and continuing president of Yetispace. Yetispace is a small, Huntsville-based aerospace and mechanical engineering firm with expertise in propulsion systems and components for use in extreme environments. Every Yetispace project, from concept to test, is defined by independent thinking, decisive action, and technical accountability.​ Its clients have included NASA (with an ongoing contract), United Launch Alliance, and Moon Express.
Chris Hadfield
Chris HadfieldAstronaut, Author, and Television Host
Colonel Chris Hadfield is a 3-time flown astronaut and Space Station Commander who served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force and 21 years with the Canadian Space Agency. He is the author of 3 best-selling books, host of BBC’s Astronauts and National Geographic’s One Strange Rock TV programs, and producer of YouTube’s Rare Earth series.