Aexa's President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fernando De La Peña has twenty years of successful leadership in technology and engineering companies. A United States citizen, his lifelong passion for space exploration combined with Aexa's leading-edge expertise, plays a key role in his support for NASA. As an undergraduate engineering student, Fernando completed and patented a spacecraft engine propelled by anti-matter, and received additional patents, for example, a space launcher employing magnetic levitation. He received a Discovery Channel Prize in 2010 for his work developing the Mexican Space Agency.
He is the former President of the National Contract Management Association, NCMA Space City Houston chapter at NASA JSC. NCMA is the world’s leading professional resource in the field of contract management. He was elected this year as Chairman of the Johnson Space Center Small Business Council.
He serves on the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Board of Directors (BAHEP), and, he chairs the Communications Committee of the Johnson Space Center National Management Association. He is also the aerospace liaison of the Clear lake Chamber of Commerce. He was elected this year as Chief of the Infragard Defense Industrial Base SIG
Sam Boyd is the Chief Operating Officer of Aexa Aerospace, LLC. Founded in 2012. Mr. Boyd has supported NASA spaceflight programs as a company executive, manager, and engineer, beginning with the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981 through the final flight; and International Space Station design, development, and operations. Before joining Aexa, Mr. Boyd was the President of MEI Technologies, a Houston based small business providing engineering and professional services to NASA programs. He later served as a management consultant to small businesses in the Federal and commercial marketplaces.
Mr. Boyd is a retired Air Force Colonel with 21 years of service to the country as a fighter pilot, engineer, commander, and program manager. He served in Southeast Asia flying 300 combat mission, including 54 over North Vietnam. He was decorated with three Silver Stars, and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.
Marc Reagan was extensively involved in human spaceflight operations with NASA for almost 30 years. He held training positions from training Space Shuttle astronauts and flight controllers, to leading teams responsible for training multi-national International Space Station (ISS) crews, (including the first ISS Expedition crew), to running multi-day complex simulations for joint International ISS/Shuttle missions. He was extensively involved in negotiations involving training issues with the International Partners in the formative years of the ISS, particularly involving the Russian Space Agency, and for 5 years was the manager of the Chief Training Officer Office at NASA. He was a certified Shuttle flight controller, and in 2002 was one of the first group of non-astronauts selected to be an ISS “Capcom”, the Mission Control Center position responsible for communicating with the ISS crew. He is the longest continually serving ISS Capcom in the history of the Space Station program.
In 2000 Mr. Reagan helped form NASA’s NEEMO project, an operational spaceflight analog in the extreme subsea environment utilizing the world’s only operational undersea research laboratory. NEEMO missions are used to evaluate a wide variety of spaceflight objectives, as well as to provide a capstone training experience for astronauts prior to their next spaceflight assignment. As the Mission Director, he is responsible for mission design, real-time execution, and ensuring that objectives are accomplished while maintaining crew health and safety. Under his leadership there have been 22 safe and successful missions, involving nearly 60 astronauts as NEEMO crewmembers. Mr. Reagan was a crewmember on the 9-day NEEMO 2 mission, and has been a crewmember on two subsequent undersea saturation missions.
Mr. Reagan serves in an advisory role at Aexa as an operations strategist. He is an instrument rated private pilot with aerobatic and tailwheel endorsements, as well as an experienced saturation diver in both scuba and hard hats.
Ms. Karen Gress is project manager of Aexa software development. Ms. Gress started her career supporting NASA Johnson Space Center, and over the next 25 years gained experience as an information technology program and project manager across a range of industries. She has managed large information technology support outsourced contracts in the healthcare, pharma, construction, and power generation sectors. Her experience includes software application testing and support, hardware and application server hosting, break fix and refresh of hardware, service desk operations, security, SAN storage administration management of over 1000 servers and 10,000 personal computers across North America. Ms. Gress is an ISO auditor.
Kristen began working in the Space industry in 2006 with Oceaneering at the Neutral Buoyancy lab and has since worked on numerous projects in the training program and previously with bioastronautics. Currently, she works for Aexa Aerospace, LLC as a consultant and Business Development Specialist. She assists with the HoloWizard development process and in coordinating Aexa’s NASA project integration with the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Opertions (NEEMO) project as the principal investigator for HoloWizard product testing and demonstration.
Nathan Ream Is a Lead software developer at Aexa Aerospace. He has been working as developer and consultant since 2012 for the entertainment, resort, and space industries. Nathan is Scrum certified by the Scrum Alliance and helped set the standard practices of software development at Aexa. He is also a full stack web developer. Nathan leverages his background in game development to build the HoloWizard to be fast, functional, and easy to work with.