NewSpace 2011 will again be held in Silicon Valley again this year
Tom Nugent is the Project Manager for LaserMotive and general Jack of Many Trades. He is also a part-time contractor at Intellectual Ventures. Before LaserMotive, He served as the Research Director at LiftPort. His education is in Physics and Materials Science. He has worked with nanometer-sized material via atomic force microscopes up to macroscopic hunks of metal in heavy duty tension testing machines. As an undergrad, he interned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on an advanced fusion propulsion system. He spent a year in an intensive, non-degree program in Japanese language and then enjoyed a one-year internship in Japan, working in the space group at Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries. In grad school, he worked on liquid-fueled rocket engine development through the MIT Rocket Team. He has consulted for a micro-satellite firm, studied solar power satellites and alternative launch vehicles, and more. In short, he says, "I'm a space geek". Beyond the technical background, he has also run a number of volunteer groups and teams.