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Mentorship

The Mentor Program is designed to link Astronaut Scholars with leading executives for one-on-one mentoring. Mentors share career advice and valuable insight into the transition to the post–college world and career advancement. Scholars build career networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.


About the Mentor Program

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation leverages the knowledge, experience and network of the astronauts, successful business and industry leaders, as well as scholar alumni who have successfully navigated their careers and are willing to mentor others. The insight passed from mentor to mentee propels scholars in the right direction to fully recognize and utilize their world-changing potential.

The structure of the Mentor Program is based on the sharing of knowledge and wisdom in order to promote successful researchers, professionals and world changers. Age and experience fuel the mentor in advising and steering the up-and-coming professional with information, understanding and insight that only time and past experiences can provide. Through this program, we offer the opportunity to build peer support, friendships and guidance to help the students transition into the workforce or navigate their next career steps. Often, new or discounted directions and options are discovered that without these relationships, would never be imagined or considered.



Testimonial

"In short, and with no exaggeration, my ASF Mentor Program experience this year has been life changing in the best way possible. My mentor is one of the most remarkable people that I have ever known and he has helped me tremendously over the last 6 months. That he would be so giving of his time to a complete stranger like me, and always convey that he actually cares about helping me, is as rare as it gets (especially given his high level of responsibility in his senior leadership role in public service)... I’ve told [him] directly how thankful I am to him, but I’ve not lost sight of how thankful I am to ASF. That $10k from 10+ years ago is nothing compared to the networking lottery that it comes with. I am living proof. I appreciate the team at ASF very much and hope to continue to give back in whatever small part that I can now and in the years that come..."
- Daniel Araya, 2007 Astronaut Scholar


Scholar and Mentor Portal

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    Astronaut Scholars and Mentors connect with each other through a secure portal that serves as a communication tool to privately share career updates, publications, scholar activities as well as have an ongoing conversation with all scholars.

Mentor Application

    Become a Mentor

    Interested in becoming a mentor to an Astronaut Scholar? Apply today!


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Mentors

Tony Antonelli

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2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Paula Baker

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2020, 2021, 2022

Herb Baker

Titan Space Technologies




Advisor

2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Virginia A. Barnes

The Boeing Company




Vice President, Retired

2022

Perry S. Bechtle, DO

Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Department of Critical Care Medicine Department of Neurosurgery

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2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022

Andre Boulet

V3




President

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

John

Retired Project Manager & Software Engineer



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2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022

Mike Briesch

Retired




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2020, 2021, 2022

Jeremy Caverly

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2021, 2022

Arthur L. Coleman

Katch Entertainment




Chief Product Officer

2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Jerry R. Cook

MOTS OG




Senior Director

2020, 2022

Mark Craig

NASA Retired




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2017, 2018, 2021, 2022

Tonya L. Custis

Autodesk




Director of AI Research

2020, 2021, 2022

Massimo Cutuli

Optiver US




Chief Risk Officer

2021, 2022

John Elbon

United Launch Alliance




Chief Operating Officer

2022

Philip Engelauf

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2022

Chris Ferguson

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2022

Beth Fischer

SAIC



Director Program Mgt / Business Development

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

William Gerstenmaier

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2020

Mark Gittleman

Aegis Aerospace, Inc.




President & CEO

2022

Louise Hall

Alcami Inc.



Vice President, Product Development

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Joseph Han

Deep Valley Labs



CTO

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,
2020, 2021, 2022

Andrew Ishizuka, MD, PhD

Vaccitech (biotech)



SVP Translational Research

2021, 2022

Tim Jackson

Boston Scientific



VP Program Management - Business Transformation

2020, 2021, 2022

Bill Jaeger

Lenovo



Executive Director, ISG Product Secruity Office

2020, 2021, 2022

Gotthard Janson

GeoControl Systems



Senior Engineer Specialist

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Patrick PJay Johnson

SAIC



Cyber System Administrator

2020

Tom Jones, PhD

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2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Bill Kalinowski

Ball Aerospace




Principal Systems Engineer

2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022

Trent C. Kingery

NASA Johnson Space Center




Research Pilot/Chief, Aviation Safety

2019, 2021, 2022

Jeannie Kranz

ASRC Federal



Senior Director Business Development Strategy & NASA Client Executive

2021, 2022

Dr. Khalid Lateef

SAIC



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2017, 2018, 2019,
2020, 2021, 2022

Stephanie Locks-Hartle

Lockheed Martin Corporation




Data Scientist Lead

2020, 2021, 2022

Betsy Lulfs

Thomson Reutersr




Senior Program Manager

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Michael Markesbery

OROS




CEO

2021, 2022

Brian Mathason

Fibertek Inc.



Senior Program Manager

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,
2020, 2021, 2022

Sunny Narayanan, PhD

Florida State University




Research Professor

2021, 2022

Joel Odom

Florida State University

Salesforce, Product Manager, Cybersecurity
& Privacy

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,
2021, 2022

Adero Paige

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2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,
2020, 2021, 2022

Robert Panish

Ultra Maritime Naval Systems & Sensors



Chief Engineer

2016, 2017, 2018, 2022

Mark Patrick, Ph.D.

Rheology Testing Services




Owner

2020, 2021, 2022

Margaret S. Race, Ph.D.

SETI Institute




Senior Research Scientist

2022

Matt R.

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2021, 2022

Lisa A. Schott

Quietly Making Noise, LLC




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2019, 2021, 2022

Brewster Shaw

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USAF/NASA/Boeing Retired

2020, 2021, 2022

Joe Tanner

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2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,
2020, 2021, 2022

Dr. Anna Thomas

Booz Allen Hamilton



Lead AI and Quantum Computing Scientist

2020, 2021, 2022

Benjamin Toms

Intersphere, Inc.



Founder

2020, 2021, 2022

Carol Fitzgerald Tyler

Wipro



Global Leader, ERP Organizational Change Management

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022

Glenn M. Watson

Carnegie Mellon University


Innovation Commercialization Fellows Program Executive in Residence

2022

Karen White

Innovation and Comercialization Office, Indiana University


Senior Commercialization Manager

2021, 2022

Dave Whitlock

Jacobs Engineering




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2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

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