The advisory board supports the academic and research missions of the department, working closely with the LPL Director to identify development opportunities and promote LPL and its science in the community.
Ed Beshore worked at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory from 2002 through 2016. From project award through launch in October of 2016, Ed was the Deputy Principal Investigator of the OSIRIS-REx mission. Before that, he was the Principal Investigator of the Catalina Sky Survey, a prolific discoverer of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). Beshore was also a software engineer for the Boeing and Hewlett-Packard companies, the Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory, and was a senior partner in a technical marketing firm. His very first professional position was working for LPL's Tom Gehrels processing images from the Pioneer 11 spacecraft when it flew past Saturn in 1979. Beshore retired from the University in October, 2016. His present interests involve pursuing policy solutions to the problem of climate change as a group leader with the Citizens' Climate Lobby.
A University of Arizona graduate, Dan is a long time Tucsonan with experience in media (both broadcast and print), government affairs and association management. In addition to volunteering with LPL, he has volunteered on a number of boards, including American Chamber of Commerce Executives (national board), Arizona Public Media (Emeritus), Ronald McDonald House, Fox Theatre, etc. He currently consults for several prominent local firms, including Lloyd Construction, the largest general contractor construction firm headquartered in Southern Arizona.
Dr. King is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Arizona. She is currently working with TechLaunch Arizona to bring a “social good” product for smoking cessation to market. She has a background in Economics, Physics, and a doctorate in Psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her work history includes: Research Scientist and Business Development Consultant at RAND, Santa Monica and New York City; Evaluation Specialist and Developer of Evaluation Programs for Physicians-in-training at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, D.C., Stanford University Medical Center, and The American Board of Internal Medicine; Researcher with The Native American Research & Training Institute, University of Arizona on coping abilities of Native American youth; and biostatistician at NASA.
Laura McGill is the Vice President of Engineering at Raytheon Missile Systems, a leading technology and innovation company that provides operational solutions, service and mission support for global customers. She is responsible for 6,000+ engineering employees developing and supporting leading-edge systems that generate $7B in annual sales. From 2007 through 2011, she was the Product Line Chief Engineer for Air Warfare Systems, for which she was responsible for all engineering activities and technical performance of a $2B portfolio of Air-to-Air Missiles, Precision-Strike Air-to-Ground Weapons, and Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. Her earlier assignments included a progression of Chief Engineer and Program Director positions, including AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. Laura is also a Vice President on the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics of Astronautics) Board of Directors and serves on several university and government advisory boards. She is a Lifetime Fellow of the AIAA.
Jani Radebaugh is a planetary scientist who specializes in the origins and geologic histories of planetary landscapes from spacecraft images and Earth analogue field studies. She is an alma mater of LPL, having graduated in 2005 with Alfred McEwen, followed with postdoctoral work with Jonathan Lunine. Her current investigations include giant sand dunes, mountains, volcanoes, rivers and lakes on Saturn's moon Titan from the Cassini spacecraft and actively erupting volcanoes and mountains on Jupiter's moon Io. She has done field work in the Sahara, Namibia, Arabia, Iran, the Ethiopian Afar Rift, Australia, the Argentine Altiplano, Hawaii and the desert southwestern US.
She is a regular participant in the U.S. Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program, which returns samples from around the solar system including the Moon and Mars. Jani is a science contributor for the Discovery Channel's How the Universe Works, has given a TEDx talk on exploration, and is a speaker at the Spacefest Apollo astronaut convention.
Attorney Tim Reckart is a member of the Washington, DC Bar and the Arizona Bar, is registered to practice as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and is a Certified Licensing Professional by the Licensing Executive Society. He holds a law degree and an MBA from Stanford University, a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tim’s commercial and corporate practice focuses on the formation and financing of emerging-growth companies and intellectual property transactions. He has drafted and negotiated hundreds of licenses, and regularly represents clients in a variety of legal matters, among them entity formation, capital structure, venture capital and private equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, product distribution agreements, equity incentive plans, pharmaceutical supply and quality agreements, clinical trial agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
• Retired Professional Engineer (PE inactive)
• BSEE and MS, University of Arizona
• Career Air Force Officer
• Former systems integration and test engineer with Texas Instruments Defense Group and Raytheon Missile Systems
• Community STEM outreach volunteer since 2003 retirement
• Lunar and Planetary Society Kuiper Circle Advisory Board member
• Kuiper Circle Community Outreach Committee Chair
• Former Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association member
• Former Project ASTRO astronomer partner
• Former Flandrau Science Center volunteer telescope operator
• Planetary Science Institute friend and docent
• Planetary Science Society member
• Tucson Mac Users Group member
• Staff reviewer with MyMac.com
• Grandfather and loving it!
Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator and test pilot who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. The winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Their story captivated the nation and was chronicled in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview as well as on the covers of People and USA Today. Kelly was featured on the cover of Esquire and named one of the magazine's 2011 "Americans of the Year." In 2013 Kelly and Giffords were selected as Glamour magazine’s very first Couple of the Year.
Kelly is also an entrepreneur and is one of the founders of World View Enterprises, a company which is pioneering a new frontier at the edge of space. With 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, 375 aircraft carrier landings, 39 combat missions and more than 50 days in space, he is one of our country's most experienced pilots. He is a sought after public speaker who exemplifies leadership, the importance of teamwork, and courage under pressure.
Mr. Lewicki is President and CEO of Planetary Resources. has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander.
Lewicki performed system engineering development and participated in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor: 13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.
At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, serves as technical compass, and leads day to day operations.
Mr. Stakkestad is President and CEO of Kinetx Aerospace. received both his bachelor and master degrees in mathematics from the University of California at Davis, and then accepted a position as a staff orbit analyst at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (LMSC). He produced orbit-planning products for an array of operational satellite programs run by the Air Force, NASA, and SDI.
In 1992, Mr. Stakkestad and a small team of engineers developed a prototype satellite ground system using off-the-shelf hardware and software products to demonstrate that a robust satellite ground system could be rapidly, cheaply, and reliably developed. This prototype was used as the example for the future development of the AFSCN satellite ground systems. His work on the prototype included implementation of the orbital dynamics portion of the ground system including development of the operational rule base.
In 1993, Mr. Stakkestad left LMSC to help found KinetX Aerospace and serve as its first President and Chief Financial Officer. As the orbit dynamics lead for the development of the IRIDIUM satellite ground control system, he developed the initial orbital dynamics requirements for the ground system. He led the orbit trade study that chose the company to implement the requirements, worked as the liaison between the development and operational staffs, and was part of the initial operations team that assembled the IRIDIUM constellation. Mr. Stakkestad also led a variety of KinetX Aerospace software, hardware, and system engineering projects for the IRIDIUM project.
After leaving the IRIDIUM project, he worked on new business development for KinetX Aerospace and assisted Spectrum Astro in the design of the satellite constellation and ground system architecture for the SBIRS Low project. He has written a number of papers on effective satellite operations and autonomy for large satellite constellations, a subject with which he is still actively involved.