Our Team

NanoRacks is managed by a team of space industry veterans who understand the marketplace and have their own positive reputations in the community.

Jeffrey Manber – Managing Director

Jeffrey has three decades of experience in bringing innovative space projects to the marketplace, both in the manned and unmanned space exploration and utilization. Read more about Jeffey Manber.

Mike Johnson – Chief Technology Officer

Mike has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry. Mr. Johnson received his B.A. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in 1989. Read more about Mike Johnson.

Chris Cummins – Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Chris is an experienced financial innovator with an aerospace background, and has been involved in the financing side of commercial space since 1981. Chris holds a MS in Statistics from NYU, a MBA from Yale, and a BA in physics and government from Cornell. Read more about Chris Cummins.

Richard Pournelle – Senior Vice-President of Business Development

Rich has been involved in commercial space for over ten years. Prior to NanoRacks, Rich worked for investment bank Near Earth helping aerospace companies raise capital and holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA. Read more about Richard Pournelle.

Operations Team

Rob Alexander – Operations Center Manager

Rob Alexander is responsible for planning, crew training, and operation of all payloads in flight. Rob received a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Craig Walton – Payloads Integration Director

Craig is a Senior Operations Engineer and Operations Safety Inspector with over 13 years’ experience in Manned Space Flight Operations. Craig is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.S. in Physics.

W. Patrick Sinnott III – Chief Engineer

Graduate of the US Army Combat Engineer School and Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Defence Specialist course. Provided all physical modelling for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Patrick has over two decades of hands-on experience in designing payloads. He is versed in all aspects of spaceflight fabrication hardware process from ground and flight hardware fabrication to crew training.

Patricia Mayes – DreamUp Director

Patricia is both an educator and spearheads NanoRacks’ outreach to the educational communities. Patricia continues as an Adjunct Instructor at University of Houston Clear Lake. She received her degrees from the Texas State University and Sul Ross State University. She has also taught at the American Nicaraguan School.

Michael Lewis – Project Engineer

Michael has over 10 years experience as a structural engineer and mechanical designer. He holds an MS in Aerospace Engineering Science from the University of Colorado.

Bob Alexander

Bob has over 30 years experience in aerospace systems including operations and design safety with over 20 of these years as a Manager at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Bob received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.

Martin Wilson – Webmaster

Martin is a Webmaster and a known digital marketing expert. His team are recognized as one of the leading web designers for space-themed programs and are a major driving force in the growth of a number of organizations.