Speakers & Mentors Profile

Professor Daniel Hastings (Speaker & Mentor)
CEO and Director, SMART
Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Hastings earned a PhD and an SM, from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1980 and 1978 respectively, and received a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University in England in 1976. He joined the MIT faculty in 1985. With over 30 years of experience in academia, Professor Hastings was MIT’s Dean of Undergraduate Education from 2006 to 2013, head of the MIT Technology and Policy Program and director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division.

Dr Wiley Larson

(Speaker & Mentor)

Doctorate (Space Systems), Texas A & M University
He is an experienced leader and internationally-recognized
author and editor in space-related development, operations, education and
training. Dr. Larson served in the Air Force as a GPS spacecraft engineer,
spacecraft launch controller, flight test engineer, spacecraft program manager
and associate professor of Astronautics. He is currently contributing to US
space efforts by creating an integrated set of 18+ published books detailing
“how to” design, develop, launch and operate space systems.
Mr Gianmarco Radice (Mentor)
 PhD,University of Glasgow
 M.Eng (Aeronautical Engineering), University of Glasgow  

Associate Professor at SIT, from 2017

Mr Chia Yong Xian


Yong Xian is a member of the Space Exploitation team in DSO National Laboratories. He started his

professional career at DSO directly after receiving his degree in Aerospace Engineering and has been

working on satellites-related projects since then. Some of his works include space-borne electronic

module, system, constellation and mission designs as well as optimisation.

Mr Luca Simonini


Degree in Aerospace Engineering (2004) with Specialization in Space Engineering, Universitá di Pisa (Italy)

In 2006 started working at Alcatel Alenia Space as sub-contractor for implementing Concurrent Engineering Methodologies and tools and supporting the Advanced Project Sections of the Science and Observation Department in System Studies. He joined the company as staff in 2007, now renamed Thales Alenia Space.

As System Engineer in the Advanced Project Section of Thales Alenia Space he participated in the preparation of Martian and Moon Missions (ExoMars, Mars Sample Return and others) and Earth Observation missions for institutional agencies (NASA, ESA, CNES,…) and export.

In 2015 he joined Thales Solution Asia in Singapore appointed of the responsibility of co-director of S4TIN (Smart Small Satellite Systems Thales In NTU) joint laboratory in NTU.

He has published over 15 papers in the field of space system engineering and concurrent engineering.

Mr Ulrich Kuebler


Ulrich Kübler is a member of the Airbus Defence and Space Strategy Team for Space Systems.
After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Technical Optics and Biomedical Engineering, he started his professional career at NASA Ames Research Center in the Silicon Valley before joining the Orbital Systems branch at Dornier, one of Airbus Defence and Space predecessor companies.
Ulrich has worked in various functions from engineering, program management to business development, innovation and strategy.
Ulrich is also a full member of the Academy of Astronautics