Captain, US Navy (Retired)
Selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in May 1984, Culbertson completed basic astronaut training in June 1985. He became lead astronaut at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); lead of the First Emergency Egress Team; and lead spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center for seven missions. He flew as the Pilot for STS-38. Following his first flight, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Flight Crew Operations Space Station Support Office, as well as the lead astronaut for Space Station Safety. He was also a member of the team evaluating the hardware and procedures for the proposed mission to dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. Culbertson then served as the Commander for STS-51. Following this flight, Culbertson was Chief of the Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch; then Chief of the Johnson Space Center Russian Projects Office. In 1994, Culbertson was named Deputy Program Manager, Phase 1 Shuttle-Mir, and in 1995 became Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program. In 2001, Culbertson flew to ISS and served as the Commander of Expedition 3. Culbertson has logged over 146 days in space. Today he is the President of the Space Systems Group (SSG) at Orbital ATK.
Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA's Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as a Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation's dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!
Twyman Clements is President and CEO of Space Tango, Inc. a Lexington, Kentucky based company focused on utilizing space for solutions on Earth. The company designs technology, platforms, and software to enable high-throughput missions, R&D and manufacturing. Clements is also is the Sr. Space Systems Engineer for Kentucky Space LLC (Space Tango's R&D partner). His experience includes small satellite missions, International Space Station (ISS) technology development, research and Exomedicine related experiments.
Edgardo Santiago Maldonado is an engineer working in the aerospace industry in Dayton OH. He was born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Edgardo has a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a Master's in Space Systems. At NASA (Applied Science Division at Kennedy Space Center), Edgardo led the Applied Chemistry Laboratory’s hypergolic propellant detection and remediation area, where he has performed investigation of low level hydrazine fuels vapors instrumentation and developed non-hazardous waste scrubber technologies for the safe handling and disposal of toxic hypergolic vapors. Edgardo was the deputy of the In-Situ Resource Utilization System Development and Support Project, and ISRU System Domain Lead for the Constellation Program's Lunar Surface Systems Project Office. Edgardo is a recognized subject matter expert in the In-Situ Resource Utilization technical area, in specific: oxygen production systems from planetary resources and chemical processes to produce methane and water by recycling waste from space outposts for human space exploration.
Edgardo moved to the Dayton Area to continue his engineering career in the aerospace field as a systems engineer. While in Dayton, Edgardo Co-founded The Academy for STEM and Sports (TAFSS) dedicated providing the local minority youth with tutoring resources and mentoring opportunities focused in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Currently, Edgardo is the Vice-president for Programs for TAFSS with the responsibility of developing and managing innovative programs to inspire the youth to pursue STEM education.
Research Aerospace Engineer
Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) University Relations Manager
Dr. Camberos has led AFRL’s development and dissemination of multi-disciplinary methods for aerospace vehicle systems integration, analysis, and design. He has broad experience in developing, implementing, and testing multidisciplinary methods, based on the first and second laws of thermos-dynamics. These novel methods provide critical design tools for the future generation aerospace systems. Currently, Dr. Camberos serves as AFRL’s University Relations Manager, leading the organization towards a more comprehensive, coordinated, and consistent effort to attract the intellectual power, energy, and potential of the best & brightest scientists & engineers across academia in the U.S. and beyond.
The Dayton Regional STEM School is a public school in Kettering, OH serving grades 6-12 with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
At The Dayton Regional STEM School, we are educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, strategists, planners, innovators, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs for the Dayton Region. At DRSS, students engage in a seamless, inquiry-based, individualized learning experience dedicated to using STEM across a liberal arts curriculum to solve problems. As part of their educational experience, students participate in authentic, real-world experiences with practicing scientists, engineers, and technical professionals at businesses and organizations all over the Miami Valley.