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

Speaker

Dr. Khalid Al-Ali

Dr. Khalid Al-Ali is the executive director of the University of California Office for NASA Partnerships (UCONP). The mission of UCONP is to foster strong, highly visible, strategic collaborations between University California (UC) and NASA for mutual benefit by building on current UC-NASA partnerships and forging new ones. UCONP focuses on strategically aligning UC and NASA R&D efforts and resources to foster intellectual leadership among UC-NASA relationships, minimizing duplicate efforts, while maximizing partnership potential and funding opportunities. UCONP was launched by University California Silicon Valley Initiatives (SVI). Prior to this appointment, Dr. Al-Ali was the executive director of the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Established in 2003 as a $330M contract between NASA and the University of California (UC), UARC is key to UC's presence in Silicon Valley in areas including aerospace systems, Earth sciences, information sciences, space sciences, and nanotechnology. He oversaw over 150 world-leading scientists, engineers, and staff. UARC is a significant link between NASA and UC, synergizing their first-rate resources to better respond to the world’s present and future needs. Under his leadership, UARC funding grew by over 50%. Dr. Al-Ali was the principal investigator, project lead, and program visionary at NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), on key projects involving advanced aircraft and spacecraft technologies, intelligent avionics, novel power systems, planetary rovers and robots, spacecraft, and autonomous exploratory vehicles for Lunar, Martian, and Antarctic missions. He was the science advisor for the office of the center director at NASA Ames Research Center, where he contributed towards setting future strategies and directions for NASA. He founded the Carnegie Mellon Innovations Lab (CMIL) and directed its activities to create advanced technologies for compact, highly capable mobile autonomous vehicles covering ground, air and space operations. Some of these technologies spun-off into successful companies and are leveraged by NASA, USGS, and US Army to advance cutting-edge spacecraft and rover designs. With deep expertise in Mechanical, Electrical, and Aerospace Engineering, he led multidisciplinary, award-winning and high profile NASA projects as Principal Investigator and was the principal UAV test pilot for the Adaptive Control and Evolvable Systems Group at NASA Ames Research Center. He was the Director of Research at Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley Campus and oversaw an award-winning, exponentially growing group of researchers, scientists and engineers partially funded with a variety of federal contracts reaching a total of $5M per year from NASA, US Air Force, and US Army.
Dr. Khalid Al-Ali
Executive Director, University of California, Office of NASA Partnerships