Shruti Gurudanti, Rose Law Group partner, director of corporate transactions, and head of the firm’s space law department, speaks at ASU Space Summit

Rose Law Group partner and Space Law Department Director Shruti Gurudanti on Thursday presented at the Space Summit sponsored by ASU. Businesses from around the globe attended this important conference as ASU is on the forefront of development in outer space.

Rose Law Group has been lucky enough to be involved in many of these companies initiatives. “There’s an ecosystem in Arizona to support space businesses,” says Gurudanti. “We’ve represented on a range of aerospace matters, including Lunar RideShare, helping democratize access to space.”

Event Agenda


  • 7:30 AM  8:45 AM

ISTB4: Gallery Lobby

Enjoy a continental breakfast while you network with participants and meet the organizing partners.


  • The University of Arizona
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Arizona Technology Council
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council



  • 8:45 AM  9:00 AM

ISTB4: Marston Theater

  • Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Vice President, ASU Interplanetary Initiative, Principal Investigator, NASA Psyche Mission
  • Jim Bell, Director and Professor, ASU NewSpace, School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Meenakshi Wadhwa, School Director and Foundation Professor, ASU School Of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Special Remarks
    Governor Katie Hobbs


The Future of Space in Arizona

  • 9:00 AM  10:00 AM

ISTB4: Marston Theater

How are Arizona’s leading academic institutions and government partners driving the space sector in the State?


  • Stephen Fleming, Vice President, Strategic Business Initiatives, University of Arizona


  • Sally Morton, Executive Vice President & Professor, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
  • Andrew Aldrin, Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Betsy Cantwell, Senior Vice President for Research and innovation, University of Arizona
  • Vic Narusis, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Jason Wilder, Vice President for Research, Northern Arizona University


Coffee Break

  • 10:00 AM  10:15 AM


The Growth and Needs of the Space Industry

  • 10:15 AM  11:00 AM

ISTB4: Marston Theater

Where is the industry today? What are the most pressing needs, threats and opportunities for continued growth? What is the ideal ecosystem for space companies to thrive?


  • Greg Autry, Clinical Professor, ASU Thunderbird of Global Management


  • Kiah Erlich, Head of Brand Partnerships and Astronaut Sales, Blue Origin
  • Mike Gold, Chief Growth Officer, Redwire Space
  • John Reed, Chief Rocket Scientist, United Launch Alliance
  • Eric W. Stallmer, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Voyager Space Holdings


Lab Tours + Networking

  • 11:00 AM  11:30 AM

Tour Guides

  • Scott Smas, Assistant Director, ASU NewSpace
  • Jim Rice, Assistant Research Scientist, ASU NewSpace


Space Data, Information and Communications

  • 11:30 AM  12:00 PM

ISTB4: Marston Theater

Communications, space situational awareness (SSA), remote sensing, Earth observation.


  • Dan Bliss, Professor, ASU School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering


  • Phil Mauskopf, Professor, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics
  • Jeremiah Pate, Founder and CEO, Lunasonde
  • Ken Buer, CTO, Viasat
  • Saikat Guha, Professor of Optical Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona



  • 12:00 PM  12:30 PM

ISTB4: Marston Theater

Satellite components, space vehicles, subsystems and subcomponents, in-space assembly and manufacturing.


  • Binil Starly, ASU School Director and Professor, Manufacturing engineering


  • Chris Hodge, General Manager, Moog Space and Defense Group
  • Scott Bennett, VP of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Terran Orbital
  • Christopher Keeler, Sr. Director, Space Avionics and Electronics Solutions, Space and Intelligence Systems General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Kavan Hazeli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Professor of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona


Lunch + Keynote

  • 12:30 PM  2:00 PM

ISTB4: Crater Carpet
Lunch brought to you by the Greater Yuma Economic Development Group

Keynote: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Ambassador Barbara Barrett
25th Secretary of the Air Force & Space Force

Twenty-fifth Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett led creation of the Space Force within the Department of the Air Force. A defense and national security advisor through seven presidential administrations, Barbara participated in space and aeronautics strategy in corporate, academic, military, and diplomatic settings. She chaired the Aerospace Corporation board for four terms and was an officer of the Space Foundation board. She was US Ambassador to Finland, Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator, and Civil Aeronautics Board Vice Chairman. In Arizona, Barbara was an executive of two Phoenix-based Fortune 500 companies. She chaired the board of Valley Bank of Arizona and served on the boards of Raytheon, Mayo Clinic, Exponent Corporation, Piper Aircraft, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She was interim President of Thunderbird School of Global Management, now part of ASU. In 2009 Barbara qualified for space flight on the Soyuz TMA-16 to the International Space Station. Read full bio

Special Remarks: 1:35 – 1:45 pm
President Michael Crow
Arizona State University

Space Science

  • 2:00 PM  3:00 PM

ISTB4: #240

Planetary and geological sciences, deep space exploration, microgravity research, astronomy, space medicine, health and performance.


  • Kyle Squires, Dean, ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


  • Philip Christensen, ASU Regents Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration


  • Jan Stepanek, Associate Professor of Medicine, Chair Aerospace Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic
  • Cheryl Nickerson, Professor of Life Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, Biodesign Institute at ASU, Co-Lead, ASU Space Life Sciences and Health Initiative
  • David E Trilling, Professor, Astronomy & Planetary Science, Northern Arizona University
  • Daniel Apai, Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Science, University of Arizona



  • 4:00 PM  5:00 PM

ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management


  • Sanjeev Khagram, Dean, ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Zaheer Ali, Professor of Practice, ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management


Dinner + Keynote

  • 5:30 PM  7:00 PM

ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management

Special remarks by Senator Mark Kelly

• Mike Gold, Chief Growth Officer, Redwire Space
• Greg Autry, Clinical Professor of Space Leadership, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Keynote: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Lt Col Justin Chandler
Director, Strategic Initiatives Group
United States Space Force

Lt Col Justin W. Chandler is the Director of the Chief of Space Operation’s Strategic Initiatives Group, Headquarters United States Space Force, Pentagon, District of Columbia. The Chief of Space Operations is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and serves as the senior uniformed Space Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of all organic and assigned space forces serving in the United States and overseas. Lt Col Chandler is a recent graduate of the United States Air Force’s Air War College and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.