Silicon Valley Space Center provides business acceleration, strategic direction and angel level funding for startup companies within the growing NewSpace industry in Silicon Valley. We assist start-up and early-stage companies with the commercialization of their innovative products or services. We regularly host events and workshops to bring together the vast array of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and investors who share a passion for shaping the future of space exploration.
Dr. Sean Casey Founder and Managing Director
Dr. Sean Casey is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Space Center, a business accelerator for NewSpace entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He is a member of the Suborbital Applications Researchers Group of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and has over two decades of experience as an airborne astronomer. Dr. Casey’s work has been recognized as an example of NASA’s goal for “more efficient and cost effective methodologies to instrument design and construction…”. read more
He served as a Senior Scientist with the NASA/DLR SOFIA program as management and technical lead for SOFIA’s science instrument development program, lead for science instrument integration and commissioning, and science liaison for the review of system level requirements for SOFIA’s final operating capability. He is an author and co-author on several dozen of science publications and has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago and dual MBAs from the Berkeley Haas and Columbia Schools of Business.
Dr. Periklis Papadopoulos Founder
Professor Papadopoulos is the Aerospace Program Coordinator and the Director/Founder of the Center of Excellence for Space Transportation and Exploration at San Jose State University (SJSU). At SJSU, he directs the microsatellite and CubeSat program. He is the author or co-author of 58 research publications in aerothermodynamics and computational fluid dynamics and has performed de-orbit trajectory, CFD and systems level analysis for the Mars Science Laboratory.
William Willoughby Chief Operations Officer
William Willoughby has more than 44 years of commercial, military and general aviation maintenance experience including station operations, airframe and engine heavy depot maintenance and overhaul, flight line maintenance and component back shops. Positions included chief operations officer, director of maintenance, aircraft maintenance manager, station manager, senior engineering supervisor, consultant, team leader, aviation maintenance instructor and supervisor.read more
Heavily involved with NASA’s 747SP SOFIA Airborne Science Platform Program, (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) with emphasis on program development, maintenance program, maintenance, technical, logistical, station operations & engineering support for 14 years.
Lee Colin Chief Business Development Officer
Lee enjoys an extensive business development background. He has developed networking skills through top level participation in the following series of successful start-ups: GREEN Vehicles Inc, The Salinas Action Group for the Environment (SAGE), The Alternatives to Violence Program (ATV), Sacred Body Sacred Ways (Wellness Center), Century 21 Showcase Realty and Roberta Enterprises (Temporary and Permanent Employment Agencies). Lee is intimately involved in the popular The Silicon Valley Space Center read more
(Start-Up Incubator) and launching the Moffett Federal Airfield Alliance (1000 Acre NewSpace Entrepreneurial R&D Facility at Moffett Field). Active in founding, establishing and operating a wide spectrum of start-ups over a 35 year period, he is seen by those who work with him as their “Networking Guru”. His relationship development skills, and assertiveness have been and are instrumental in each of his previous successes. They are now being put to full use in spring-boarding the launch of multiple entrepreneurial start-ups within the thriving and exciting Aerospace Industry in the Americas.
Traci Parker Director, Strategic Relations
An adventure seeking futurist, facilitator of change, and connector of people and ideas. She is a Registered Nurse, with over 20 years experience in Health Care Operations and Performance Improvement consulting. Her passion for Regenerative Medicine, Nanotechnology and Space lead her to Silicon Valley, where she now co-organizes the Health Extension Salon, in addition to serving as DIrector of Strategic Relations for Silicon Valley Space Center. Traci aims to build partnerships and environments that allow for creativity, intellect, and inspiration to emerge so we may solve tomorrow’s problems today.