Scott Tibbitts is the founder of Starsys Research, eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship, and Katasi Distracted Driving Solutions.
After graduating in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, he moved to Boulder, Colorado. In 1987 he founded Starsys Research Corporation to bring a promising thermal actuator technology to the spacecraft industry. Starsys became the world's leading provider of mechanisms for spacecraft, and in 2009, the company was acquired by Sierra Nevada Corporation. In March of 2016, the company Scott helped create was awarded a $1B+ contract by NASA to build Dreamchaser, a replacement to the space shuttle. Scott was the recipient of the "Esprit Entrepreneur of Distinction" award in 1998, and is the holder of ten patents in technologies as diverse as medical devices, spacecraft products and telecom.
He is active in the Colorado science and education community and can be found at Colorado Universities and K-12 schools giving talks on entrepreneurship and technology, as well as his favorite topic "Fun with Liquid Nitrogen". He is the official storyteller at Niwot Elementary School, and the keyboard player in the garage band "Too Much Fun", renowned for playing the same 40 classic rock songs in the same order for more than 25 years. Scott lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Jackie, son Ryan and daughter Alyssa.