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Robbie Schingler is an entrepreneur living and working in San Francisco. Previously, Robbie was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C where he helped to incubate the office and the Space Technology program. Prior to this position, Robbie was NASA’s lead for Open Government at NASA responding to the President’s Open Government Directive.  At the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), Robbie was an Engineering Project Manager in the Office of the Center Director where he focused on non-traditional partnerships and new ventures for NASA. Robbie was the Capture Lead for the NASA Small Explorer Program (SMEX) proposed mission called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie is one of the co-founders of the NASA CoLab project in 2006, the LAUNCH conference series and Random Hacks of Kindness in 2009, and is an active participant in creating public participation and open innovation at NASA. Previously, Robbie has worked at NASA in three different positions: program and policy analysis in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, research scientist in nano technology at ARC, and as a student scientist in cosmochemistry at ARC. Robbie has also worked as an independent consultant for space security research and as a mechanical engineer and project manager at an engineering consulting firm. Robbie is a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow and holds bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from Santa Clara University, the International Space University, and Georgetown University in Engineering Physics with and emphasis in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Space Studies, and Business Administration with a Certificate in International Business Diplomacy, respectively.

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