Professor Robert Twiggs has been working with academic small satellites since 1982 and has had six student built small satellites launched into low Earth orbits. Prof. Twiggs is presently a professor of astronautical engineering in the Space Science Center at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2009. Prior to his academic experience, Prof. Twiggs had 20 years of industry experience in the development of high power microwave tubes and software development. Prof. Twiggs was the director of the Weber State University, Utah Center for Aerospace Technology from 1985-1994. Prof. Twiggs was a consulting professor at Stanford University Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics starting in 1994 where he established the Space Systems Development Laboratory. While at Stanford in 1999, he was the co-developer of the CubeSat concept. Prof. Twiggs was also the creative mind responsible for developing the original concepts for the CricketSat, CanSat, and the PocketQub for educational applications for use in space. Prof. Twiggs has published numerous papers and made over thirty-five presentations at technical conferences in the US and internationally. One of his recent publications is as a co-author of the article “Citizen Satellites” in the February 2011 issue of Scientific American. In 2010 he was selected by the Space News publication as one of 10 space professionals “That Made a Difference in Space.” The other two selected from the United States were Elon Musk and President Barack Obama. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University
Matt Craft has over twenty-five years of business experience with a specialization in new business startups, financing, business strategy and planning, including over nine years of experience in the legal and financial industries and sixteen years supporting and guiding numerous entrepreneurial ventures through the various stages of growth and acquisition. Matt has started several companies some of which were acquired by private and publicly traded corporations. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, MBA from Texas Christian University and is working on a MS in Commercial Enterprise in Space from the Florida Institute of Technology.