Episode 389: Commercializing Space Flight
As a child in Costa Rica, Franklin Chang-Diaz was captivated by Sputnik. That little boy followed his dreams to become a mechanical engineer, physicist, astronaut, and now is president and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Co. This week’s Featured Guest has designed an incredible new generation of plasma-powered rockets that could change the future of in-space travel. In our vignettes, Leisa interviews Loretta Cross of consulting firm Charles River Associates, Robin visits with Laura Morris of Lone Star College, and Greg Price discusses the upcoming Total Energy USA conference with PKF’s Gary Voth.
Russ and John present the show that’s there for the taking. Check out the Archives at our website. (You’d think we’d have run out of entrepreneurs by now. But, nooo.) We champion those who make it all happen. Includes: The BusinessMakers Quote of the Week— pithy turn-a-phrase from Albert Einstein; This Week in Business History includes great moments in communication like The Gettysburg Address (and, coincidentally, the release of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”), the first issue of Life Magazine, and the release of Microsoft Windows 1.0; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak that YOU should know; and Dumb Moments—Are we about to get grounded?!
As a child in Costa Rica, Franklin Chang-Diaz was captivated by Sputnik, knowing in his heart that one day he would fly in space. And he did—no one has flown more shuttle missions than he. That little boy followed his dreams to become a mechanical engineer, physicist, an astronaut, and he is now president and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Co. Who better to lead the commercialization of space flight? Chang-Diaz has designed a new generation of plasma-powered rockets that could change the future of in-space travel. Sound incredible? It is. Don’t miss this interview!
How does a non-profit community college measure marketing success? Well, it’s much more than numbers. Robin Tooms interviews Laura Morris, Associate Vice Chancellor, Marketing & Communications at Lone Star College System.
Leisa Holland-Nelson seeks career advice from Loretta Cross, VP for the Energy & Environment Practice of consulting firm Charles River Associates.
Why is PKF sponsoring the Total Energy USA conference and why do we need to know about it? Greg Price visits with PKF tax director Gary Voth, a panel moderator at the conference.