SpacePoints: Space Outreach at Ludicrous Speed
When NASA's budget was drastically cut and the commercial aerospace industry found itself in charge of getting man into space, a group of "space geeks" consisting of web developers, aerospace scientists and engineers, and people who have a dream of living in space started meeting up and designed the rules, developed the application, and are sharing Space Points. They are increasing awareness publicly about space policy, increasing funding to aerospace-related research (commercial and government), and having fun playing to win!
Jon Verville is a technical lead, software developer, and collaboration architect at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He launched and manages the NASAtweet.com community hub for NASA Tweetup events. He is the lead for the NASA Advanced Collaborative Environment (a.k.a. AETD Wiki), a collaborative web system for NASA engineers. Previously Jon was a lead engineer for RF communications on the Magnetosphere MultiScale spacecraft, launching in 2014.
He has also worked on the RF communication systems for LADEE, the next US mission to the moon; and the South Pole TDRSS Relay (SPTR), where he designed & installed radio equipment at the Antarctic Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Jon has been an invited speaker at the Cisco Innovation in Government Forum and multiple aerospace conferences and symposiums. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, where he was the co-founder of the University Nanosat winning student organization, the Aerospace Enterprise.
Sarah has over 12 years experience in marketing and business development within technology and web industries. Sarah's current responsibilities at Schipul include identifying new tools online to improve workflow both internally and for clients, communicating technology solutions around website design, development, and web marketing to clients and prospects, engaging and growing the company's online community across multiple social networking platforms, and creating organizational process improvements. Outside of her work with Schipul, Sarah also volunteers for numerous organizations including serving as the Houston Curator for the Startup Digest, Communications Chair for the Greater Houston Chapter of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, volunteer and member of the nonprofit SIG for the American Marketing Association, Houston Chapter, and volunteer organizer for SpaceUp Houston and Spacepoints.