April 7, 2019

Penn Aerospace Pitch Competition

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Penn Aerospace Pitch Competition

The 2019 Penn Aerospace The Penn Aerospace Pitch Competition is a contest for enterprising students to present aerospace startup ideas at the University of Pennsylvania on April 7th, 2019.

The Competition will begin at 12:00 in Huntsman Hall in Room F95, details below.


Learn from aerospace industry professionals and keynotes who will join us on Penn's campus to talk about innovation in the aerospace industry and the budding opportunuties for entrepreneurs.


Team up with aspiring entrepreneurs to create new ideas to disrupt aerospace. Ideas may range from aviation to drone delivery systems; from ISS supply logistics to new satellite applications.


After qualifying, pitch with your team in front of a panel of judges, including key industry professionals, for feedback and the chance to win up to $5,000.


Join a community of entrepreneurs, investors, industry professionals, students, and professors. The competition is an optimal setting to share ideas, get feedback, and network.




Daniel Lockney

Technology Transfer Program Executive, NASA

Daniel Lockney is the Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, responsible for Agency-level management of NASA intellectual property and the transfer of NASA technology to promote the commercialization and public availability of Federally-owned inventions. Lockney oversees policy, strategy, resources, and direction for the Agency’s technology commercialization efforts.

Ellen Chang

Managing Partner and Founder, LightSpeed Innovations
Chair of Wharton Alumni Angel Network, SoCal Chapter

Ellen has more than 25 years of experience in strategy, innovation, and operations, bringing to market cutting-edge technologies and products. Ellen is currently a managing partner of LightSpeed Innovations, an aerospace focused business accelerator working with new space, robotics, drones, and advanced manufacturing companies. Prior to LightSpeed, Ellen was a director in the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Advanced Systems Development Division.

Steve Gaines

Chief Engineer at ATLAS Space Operations

Steve is the Chief Engineer for ATLAS Space Operations, Inc. ATLAS provides affordable cloud based solutions for space access in the rapidly growing global space market. Steve came to ATLAS after a 30 year career in space mission engineering, test and operations organizations. Steve is responsible for conceptualizing, designing and implementing ATLAS' cloud based architecture, providing ready and affordable satellite access to commercial, academic and government customers.

Dan Newman

Chief Engineer, Rotary Aircraft, Boeing Phantom Works

Dan is a Senior Technical Fellow for configuration development and chief engineer of Rotary Wing Aircraft at Phantom Works, the advanced prototyping division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. He is also the chair of NATO Industry Advisory Group SH-219 on Next Generation Rotorcraft requirements, and has 30 years of experience working in the Aerospace and Defense Industry as a technical fellow at Boeing and Program Manager at DARPA.

2019 EVENT

Five submissions will be selected as finalists and will present to our panel of judges on April 7, 2019 in person at the University of Pennsylvania. All of our judges will review our finalists' buisiness plans before the event, and will view a timed presentation from each team at the event.

Both judges and the audience will get a chance to ask questions to each presenting team, and after all teams are heard the judges will select the prize winners. All finalists will receive feedback from the judges after the prizes are selected.

After the competition is concluded there will be a reception with complimentary lunch where attendees and participants will get a chance to meet the judges and representatives from some of our sponsors. Non-participants are encouraged and welome to attend, and will get a chance to ask questions after judges during the presentations, and are welcome to participate in the reception at the end of the competition. Attendance is free to students, however anyone interested in attending who is not affiliated with Penn must RSVP in order to attend.

This competition is brought to you by

Penn Aerospace Club


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