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 Designer

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 Contracts 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.

Mike Lewis – Chief Technology Officer

Mike 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.

Operations Team

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.

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.

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.

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.