Scott Tibbitts is a successful aerospace entrepreneur and nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship; a Congressionally funded not-for-profit organization chartered with supporting the creation and development of entrepreneurial space companies. Mr. Tibbitts received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1980. In 1987 he founded Starsys Research Corporation, to bring a promising thermal actuator technology to the spacecraft industry. With Tibbitts as CEO, Starsys developed to be a world-class supplier of mechanical systems and actuators for spacecraft, with 150 employees and $18M in revenues. Starsys track record of 2500 mechanisms flown on more than 250 spacecraft with 100% success is unmatched in the aerospace industry.
In 2006, Starsys Research was acquired by SpaceDev Inc, with Mr. Tibbitts assuming the role of Managing Director. SpaceDev was acquired by Sierra Nevada Corporation in December of 2008.
Throughout his career as an aerospace entrepreneur, Mr. Tibbitts has shared his experiences by writing in national publications and speaking nation-wide on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, the unique nature of the space business and how to create extraordinary corporate cultures.