NASA Rocket Scientist
“The Right Kind of Crazy: A Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High Stakes Innovation”
As the leader of the team that developed the revolutionary “sky crane” landing system that successfully placed the Mars rover, Curiosity, on Mars in 2012, Adam is an expert at planning, adapting, and embracing a “no compromise” philosophy. In his keynote, titled “The Right Kind of Crazy: A Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High Stakes Innovation,” he will discuss the power of human curiosity and the importance of fostering a culture of collaborative innovation. As important, Adam recognizes that success often means planning for every contingency, particularly when expanding boundaries and achieving the impossible, like landing a one-ton rover on Mars.
Adam is an award-winning rocket scientist recognized as one of NASA’s most brilliant engineers and unique individuals. The former musician turned scientist led a team of engineers inventing, designing, testing, and retesting the sky crane that successfully placed the Curiosity on the Martian surface in 2012. Five times heavier than its predecessors, Curiosity required an entirely new landing system for the perilous seven-minute phase—also known as the “seven minutes of terror”—when the one-ton rover fully stopped on the surface. Adam continues to work at NASA, now leading a team focused on the next landing system for the Mars 2020 rover.
Take off on your own journey with Adam Steltzner by registering today for Adaptive Live 2017 and reserve your seat to hear “The Right Kind of Crazy: A Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation.”