Technical Advisors

Frank Culbertson, Jr.

Frank Lee Culbertson Jr. (Capt. USN, Ret.) is a former American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, NASA astronaut, and graduate of the US Naval Academy. He served as the Commander of the International Space Station in 2001. Most recently, Mr. Culbertson held the position of President of the Space Systems Group at Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. There he was responsible for the execution, business development, and financial performance of the company’s human spaceflight, science, commercial communications, and national security satellite activities. Mr. Culbertson was named Deputy Program Manager, Phase 1 Shuttle-Mir, and became Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program and spent one year as Deputy Program Manager for Operations of the International Space Station Program.

A recipient of numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and the Navy and Air Force Commendation Medals; Culbertson was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010, the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame in 1997, and was designated a Fellow of AIAA in 2013.

Dave J. Kasik

Dave Kasik was formerly Boeing’s Senior Technical Fellow in visualization and interactive techniques until his 2016 retirement. He developed the first user interface management system to simplify application programming. His work with 3D graphics ranges from computer animation and device drivers to massive model visualization tools and techniques. He pioneered the use of visual analytics to help extract more business insight from complex non-geometric data.

Mr. Kasik also has extensive experience in the digital management of manufacturing data. Dave earned his Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Colorado in 1972 and a Bachelors in Quantitative Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 1970. He is an ACM Fellow and involved in professional activities with ACM and IEEE.

Thomas A. (Tom) McDermott, Jr.

Tom is a leader, educator, and innovator in multiple technology fields. He currently serves as Deputy Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, as well as a consultant specializing in strategic planning for uncertain environments. He has over 30 years of experience in technical and management disciplines, including extensive experience at the Georgia Institute of Technology and with Lockheed Martin in roles as Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the F-22 Raptor Avionics Team. Additionally, he held the position of GTRI’s Director of Research and interim Director from 2007-2013. Tom’s current research activities focus on innovation models, strategic foresight techniques, system data analytics, and modeling and simulation of policy implications in current and future complex systems.

Tom is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. Tom is also one of the creators of Georgia Tech’s Professional Master’s degree in Applied Systems Engineering and lead instructor of the “Leading Systems Engineering Teams” course.

Dr. Stephen Cunnion

Steve Cunnion, Ph.D., M.D.  is a retired Navy Captain, a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Study, Chief Medical Officer for NeuroRx, a partner for the Diogenic Group, a co-founder of and a Senior Medical Advisor for AURA Technologies. With over forty years involvement in infectious disease, Dr. Cunnion was introduced to tropical medicine in 1970 as an Army combat medic assigned to the Ministry of Health in South Viet Nam. Dr. Cunnion was the scientist/physician for a joint DoD/State Department Chemical Biological Investigation Team in Thailand investigating allegations of biological and chemical use in Laos, Cambodia, and Afghanistan and assisting the Thai military in malaria and HIV control.

He has held other positions as a professor at the Uniformed Services University teaching outbreak investigations and malaria epidemiology and the Director of Preventive Medicine and Occupational Health at the Bureau of Medicine. He received the 2003  ProMED  Reporting Award for being the first person to alert the Western world of the disease outbreak known as SARS.