2022 Judging Panel

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Steven Holz | Co-Chair

Aerospace Engineer, Assistant Project Manager, University Innovation Project | NASA Langley Research Center

Mina Cappuccio | Co-Chair

Deputy Project Manager, University Innovation Project | NASA Ames Research Center

Azlin Biaggi-Labiosa | Judge

Manager, Foundational Electric Aircraft Propulsion Subproject of the Transformational Tools and Technologies Project | NASA Glenn Research Center

CJ Bixby | Judge

Chief Engineer | NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Nat Blaesser | Judge

Aerospace Technologist | NASA Langley Research Center

John Cavolowsky | Judge

Director, Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program | NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

Curtis Hedgepeth | JUDGE

Airport Operations Manager | Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)

Marcus Johnson | Judge

Aerospace Flight Systems Engineer, Project Manager, High Density Vertiplex Subproject of the Advanced Air Mobility Project | NASA Ames Research Center

Chris Oswald | Judge

Sr. Vice President, Safety & Regulatory Affairs | Airports Council International

NIA Program Team

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Shelley Spears

Program Director

Stacy Dees

Program Manager

Janice Kurbjun-Miller

Senior Program Coordinator

Victoria "Tori" O'Leary

Senior Program Coordinator

About Us

The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) is a non-profit research and graduate education institute created to conduct innovative aerospace and atmospheric research, develop new technologies for the nation and help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

NIA serves as a strategic partner with NASA Langley Research Center and the aerospace community to enable research creativity and expand technology development opportunities. The Institute integrates research and graduate education while creating new government / academia / industry partnerships to solve tomorrow’s problems today.

The Gateways to Blue Skies Competition is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.