July 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California

Speaker

Tom Atchison

Thomas M. Atchison is the founder and chairman of the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit he started in 2007 focused on enabling the personalization of access to space by the common man, through STEM education, research, and competitive competitions. With over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and technologist in Silicon Valley, Thomas has pioneered new technology and ventures in the semiconductor, mobile computing, enterprise software, medical device, healthcare information technology, security, aerospace, and defense industries. Some of the inventions and technology innovations he worked on are exhibited in The Tech Museum in San Jose. He has worked for NASA, Hewlett Packard Research Labs, Intergraph Corporation, Navitel Communications, and Measurex Corporation, and he has consulted for Eli Lilly & Company, Compaq Computers, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Exxon, Kodak, DuPont, and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Atchison has successfully started four technology ventures, and raised over $30 mm in angel, corporate, and venture capital commitments. While at Navitel Communications as VP of Engineering and GM, he was responsible for architecting and the development and introduction of the first Windows based web screenphones and smartphone platforms, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1999, and became the Windows Mobile smartphone Microsoft sells today. Early in is career, he worked with the team at HP Labs that revolutionized semiconductor manufacturing through automation, he moved on to push the personal computer on to the factory floor in the 80’s, brought to market mobile services which provided clinical order management services to physicians using their smartphones and later commercialized full-body imaging technology to improve airport, public institutions, and defense installation security after 911. Media coverage of his efforts have been documented in Wired Magazine, Rockets Magazine, Make, and he has been interviewed on the Canadian Broadcast Network, CBS, and had two nationally broadcast documentaries on his work in space and STEM education produced by PBS and Discovery Communications for the Science Channel, and can be viewed on his foundations YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/Rocketmavericks. Thomas mentors and guest lectures on entrepreneurship as part of the Stanford University’s Graduate Engineering School’s early venture formation program, UC Davis’ Graduate Business School, and also Singularity Universities 10^9+ Impact synthetic biology SynBio Start-­-up Launchpad. He has been a guest speaker for the University of California’s CONNECT program, the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance, and provided business advisement to the UC Davis Medical Center and NSF Center for Biophotonics. Thomas holds Level 1,2,3 & Experimental rocketry certifications with the TRIPOLI rocketry association, an FCC Technicians license, a USC Chapter 40 Explosives License, and California Radiations Technicians license, and holds certifications under the United States / Canadian Defense Logistics Information Services. Thomas completed undergraduate education in chemical engineering, and a second degree in radiochemistry and nuclear physics, and completed graduate studies in engineering management. His current interests are in space vehicle development, commercialization and civilian space exploration, STEM Education, synthetic and systems biology, and next generation manufacturing technologies.
Tom Atchison
Board Chair, Director, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation