Our Team

Our mission to create experiences that reinforce the realities of the New Space Age is no little feat. Our motivation inspires true space visionaries and brings together heavyweights from the various related industries.

 

The numerous experts and individuals that contribute to our mission are as follows:

 

StarPort Founder, Chairman and Creative Director David BeaverDavid Beaver

StarPort Founder, Chairman and Creative Director


David is the founder of The World Space Center, a not-for-profit working group that produced the first national conference on the Overview Effect. He played a key role in formulating The Overview Declaration, which has been signed by 22 leaders in the areas of space, cognitive science and simulation media. David spends most of his time in Overview research and contributes significantly to The Overview Institute, which is the primary group in the space industry focused on examining, researching, and educating about the psychological and sociological impact of space flight.

 

David has a diverse background. He studied nuclear engineering and physics at The University of Virginia and the psychology and sociology of perception and the philosophy of science at The University of Richmond. He has received three US and international patents for the invention of The Magic Stage, a virtual reality theater technology. In addition, he has created a new theory of stage magic, called Projection Theory, based on modern cognitive perception science rather than the traditional magic theories of deception and misdirection. He has written and lectured on Projection Theory’s relationship to design, perception, art, film, virtual reality and other fields at six major universities, including recent seminars at the Duke University Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

 

 

Chief Technical Officer Kevin Russell

Chief Technical Officer

 

Kevin is a digital media executive with 25 years of experience in business analysis, technical management and creative design. He has held senior production, operations, and management roles in the media, telecommunications, health care, education and broadcasting industries in the US and the UK. He offers a unique mix of skills that include professional audio and music production, interface design and e-commerce systems design as well as research and strategic management of interactive media, simulations and learning management systems. He has worked for MTV, IBM and the BBC.

 

During the past 6 years, Kevin has been employing his diverse background in the development of space-based transmedia properties, formats and strategic partnerships. He is also the producer of a Cannes Film Festival award-winning film. His transmedia business strategy and vision is to deliver participatory cinematic simulations, assisted by biometric and physical sensors to communicate, illuminate and augment the experience of space and space travel. Kevin has a BS in Music, Business and Technology and an MPS in Interactive Telecommunication from New York University.

 

 

Chief Operating Officer and General ManagerDavid J. Pucel

Chief Operating Officer and General Manager

 

David John Pucel has over 20 years of experience in all facets of management and marketing, including large store management, multi-store management, hardlines, softlines, food service, and management training. His experience also involves accounting, customer relations, purchasing, implementing rewards programs, and working with various forms of media for advertising and promotions.

 

David has worked as store manager as well as Advertising and Marketing Director for the Dalmar video chain. He previously owned an advertising and marketing firm called Darda Vici Advertising and Design, Inc. He also served as Project Manager for Design Magic, Inc. David was the North Carolina Regional Training Manager for Tuesday Morning, Inc., a 700+ store national closeout retailer. As acting Regional Manager, he was responsible for opening their Fayetteville, NC and Salisbury, NC stores. Currently, David is involved in store management for Caribou Coffee Company, the nation’s second largest specialty coffee retailer.

 

David studied computer science at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and computer engineering and business management at North Carolina State University. He also studied nuclear power while serving in the US Navy and was qualified as a Submarine Nuclear Reactor Operator. David is a member of MENSA.

 

 

Senior StarPort ConsultantEdgar Mitchell

Senior StarPort Consultant

 

On January 31, 1971, Navy Captain Edgar Mitchell embarked on a journey into outer space that resulted in his becoming the sixth man to walk on the Moon. On his return trip, he experienced an extreme and overwhelming aspect of what is now called The Overview Effect.

 

Scientist, test pilot, naval officer, astronaut, entrepreneur, author and lecturer, Dr. Mitchell holds a Doctor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. In addition, he has received honorary doctorates in engineering from New Mexico State University, the University of Akron, and Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Mitchell has received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USN Distinguished Medal, and three NASA Group Achievement Awards. He was inducted to the Space Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1998. He was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

 

After retiring from the Navy in 1972, Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences to sponsor research into the nature of consciousness as it relates to cosmology and causality. In 1984, he co-founded the Association of Space Explorers, an international organization whose members have experienced space travel. He is the author of "The Way of the Explorer" (Third edition, 2006) as well as dozens of articles published in both professional and popular periodicals. He has devoted his past 35 years to studying human consciousness and psychic and paranormal phenomena as part of a search for a common ground between science and spirit.

 

 

Senior StarPort ConsultantDouglas Trumbull

Senior StarPort Consultant

 

Doug is a legendary film-maker and visual effects pioneer. He was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He went on to become the Visual Effects Supervisor for such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner, each of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

 

Doug directed Silent Running, Brainstorm, Back to the Future...The Ride, and numerous other special format films. He is the recipient of an Academy Award in the area of Scientific and Technical Achievement, as well as the International Monitor Award and American Society of Cinematographers' Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of film-making. Douglas is currently involved in the evolution of visual effects using virtual digital sets and electronic cinematography.

 

 

Senior StarPort ConsultantFrank White

Senior StarPort Consultant

 

Frank is the author of The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution first published in 1987 and re-issued in 1998. A member of the Harvard College Class of 1966, Frank graduated magna cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning an MPhil in 1969. He is the author or co-author of five additional books on space exploration and the future, including The SETI Factor, Decision: Earth, Think About Space and March of the Millennia (both with Isaac Asimov), and The Ice Chronicles (with Paul Mayewski).

 

Frank also contributed chapters on The Overview Effect to two recently published books on space exploration, Return to the Moon and Beyond Earth. Frank has spoken at numerous conferences. In 1988, he delivered the keynote address at the International Space Development Conference in Denver. In 1989, he spoke at George Washington University to mark the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In 2006, the Space Tourism Society awarded Frank a “Certificate of Special Recognition.” He also delivered the keynote address at the first Overview Effect Conference in 2007.

 

 

StarPort ConsultantMichael Caporale

StarPort Consultant

 

Michael is a film-maker specializing in digital acquisition and workflow in high definition. His 30-year career includes work as a commercial photographer and film-maker, producing, directing, writing, shooting and editing national and regional commercials and print ads for a wide range of clients. His photography has appeared in such magazines as Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and Rolling Stone. He was the first Director of Photography to use the VariCam in feature film production, and now has lensed seven independent films with VariCam, including documentaries, music videos and commercials.

 

As consultant to Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems, he advised the creation of the Filmmakers Grant program for the SDX900. He has traveled on their behalf to locations such as New Zealand and on the Iditarod Trail. Touring extensively for Panasonic Broadcast, Leader Instruments and Apple, Michael has become an ambassador for new technologies at dealer shows, trade shows and special events. He trained the National Geographic staff on their VariCams at their Washington headquarters. He now provides independent private training for other corporate clients, such as the Mayo Clinic. As a columnist, and now New Technology Editor, for Film Festival Reporter he writes Indie-side-Out and Can of Worms. Additionally, he contributes articles to the many trade magazines that report on the industry.

 

 

StarPort ConsultantDan Curry

StarPort Consultant

 

Dan is a visionary artist/filmmaker and 7-time Emmy winner. He is best known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor/Producer for the various reincarnations of Star Trek. His work in visual effects and title design has appeared in over 100 feature films, 40 television productions, special venue projects, and interactive games.

 

Dan is current Governor of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Visual Effects Peer Group. His background also includes teaching Fine Arts and Theater on the university level and doing freelance film, art, architecture, and production design. Dan holds a BA in Fine Arts with a minor in Theater, and an MFA in Film and Theater. Dan is a member of the Directors Guild of America, The American Society of Cinematographers, The Producers Guild of America, The Visual Effects Society, and is a founding member of the International CG Society.

 

 

StarPort ConsultantJohn Eaves

StarPort Consultant

 

Production designer John Eaves designed props and ships for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Star Trek: The Next Generation. John is a prolific illustrator as well as graphics and special effects designer. IMDB lists his credits on more than 50 movies and TV series.

 

He served as Illustrator and then Senior Illustrator on DS9 until the end of the series, and also worked double-duty on the subsequent two TNG films. Eaves was Production Illustrator on the fifth Star Trek TV series, Enterprise. The process of designing the ships, sets and other visuals for Generations and First Contact are described in Eaves' book, Sketchbook the Movies: Generations & First Contact, which he co-authored with Jeanne M. Dillard.

 

Some of John’s favorite film work are Top Gun (1985), The Hunt for Red October (1989), Innerspace (1987), Terminator 2 (1991) Star Trek First Contact (1997), Die Hard 2 (1991), John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001), The Majestic (2000), Santa Clause 3 (2006), Valkyrie (2008) and Star Trek XI (2008).

 

 

StarPort ConsultantMike Moon

StarPort Consultant

 

Mike is an illustrator specializing in fantasy art. He has worked with us from the beginning of the StarPort project to gradually iterate the layout and functional elements and areas from our initial abstract concepts to a fully visualized venue. Mike has a unique ability to take verbal descriptions and ideas and turn them into highly accurate visualizations.

 

Mike studied cinema at the University of Southern California, graduated with high honors in computer graphics from Alamance Community College and received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University.

 

 

David Allan

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Mr. Allen is a specialist in employee retention. He is a business owner, frontline manager, consultant and a co-developer of PeerPlus and has over 25 years experience in operating businesses and consulting to restaurants, health care centers, manufacturers and university sports teams.

 

His clients include McDonalds Corporation, Lash Healthcare Consultants, University of North Carolina Athletic Department, NC State University Athletic Department, Duke University Athletic Department, CASL, Keyser Permanente and A. Stucki Company to name a few. Mr. Allen is a member of the Council of Hotel Restaurant Trainers Association (CHART) and The American Society For Training & Development (ASTD).

 

 

Richard Boyd

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Prior to co-founding 3DSolve, Richard Boyd served as the CEO of 3DVillage, Inc. and as General Manager and VP of Sales for Virtus Corp., where he worked for nearly a decade. Boyd has become a highly sought-after industry speaker, logging numerous appearances at key industry conferences such as Comdex, MacWorld, Windows World-London, NCGA, Web3D and the Meckler Virtual Reality conferences. He also spearheaded the effort to use 3D visualization technologies to create virtual environments for movies such as Warner Brothers' film Fearless, The Steal, and for pre-production of Brian DePalma's Mission: Impossible.

 

3DSolve, The Simulation Learning Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin), creates collaborative simulation learning solutions for government, military, and corporate applications, using realistic, interactive 3D graphics, based upon industry standards, enabling users to learn by doing.

 

 

Jeff Krukin

SpacePort Project Advisor

 

Jeff is a widely experienced writer, speaker, consultant and project leader in the space industry. Among other positions, he served for several years as Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation. Jeff has extensive executive-level connections throughout the space industry, including federal and state regulators along with entrepreneurial and traditional aerospace companies.

 

Jeff is the recipient of numerous leadership awards in both the areas of space and Information Technology. He has been a contributor to NASA’s space exploration plan and the US Dept. of Commerce/Office of Space Commercialization strategic plan (2006 – 2007), and serves on the Steering Committee (2004- ) of the International Association of Space Entrepreneurs. He has led workshops for such clients as the National Defense University, The European Space Agency, The Federal Aviation Administration, World Future Society, Texas A&M University and many more. He has been interviewed by numerous news outlets, including The Washington Times, National Geographic News among many others. He has written a monthly syndicated column covering the space industry along with dozens of white papers, articles and op-ed pieces. Jeff has a BA in Sociology/Psychology from George Washington University and an MS in Studies of the Future from University of Houston/Clear Lake.

 

Jeff served for several years as the Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), one of the leading organizations in the citizen space movement. Jeff's space career began in 1979 with a summer job at NASA Headquarters. He returned to NASA Headquarters in 1981, with a six-month graduate internship in the International Affairs Division. He was an IBM Systems Engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center (1981-1985) where he sold and supported mainframes, networks, servers and personal computers. Jeff became an SFF board member in 1995 and the first Director of Advocates the following year. In 1997, he became a ProSpace Board Member and Director of the 1998 March Storm lobbying event, for which he received the 1998 ProSpace Activist of the Year Award. In 1999, he became Vice President and continued as Director of March Storm. He became Chairman in 2002 and served until 2004.

 

 

Carter Emmart

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Director of Astro-visualization at the Rose Center for earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. He was one of the original team members at the NASA funded Digital Galaxy Project that helped redefine how a planetarium theater can present science to the public through immersive data visualization. Carter was instrumental in the development of the UniView astronomical visualization and universal data exploration platform. He directs the in-house space show production at the Hayden Planetarium as well as past collaborations with the visualization teams of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

 

Carter has also worked at NASA Ames Research Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He holds an honorary PhD from Linkopping University in Sweden.

 

 

Jason P. Clark

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Jason has started several companies that work in areas ranging from network infrastructures to various forms of multimedia content development. In 1997, Mr. Clark started (Mobile-Tech) a mobile repair service. He was founder and CEO of Triangle Computer Consulting. He also founded Shopcary.com and Shoprdu.com, which offered city search services. In addition, he developed a patent for uni-directional audio navigation for the visually impaired that integrated text with voice software to read content, receiving both national and international patents that were later purchased by Hewlett Packard.

 

Mr. Clark began Digital Media Solutions, a multimedia production house that innovated new ways of using 3D elements in Flash to create 3D navigation systems. It was ranked 1st in the nation among the Flash development community. Digital media solutions acquired an OC3 connection and began Gen X, a streaming media live web broadcast station whose clients included the Carolina Hurricanes and Ray Price Harley Davidson. Mr. Clark developed real-time advertising techniques by tracking the number of online viewers during live shows to deliver certified impression counts. He has also developed a variety of business plans for more than a dozen startup companies.

 

Jason has a Computer Sciences degree with a major in IT infrastructure. He is a member of MENSA and active in community development programs that assist inner-city youth by teaching them both computer and entrepreneur skills. He is currently developing a system that combines social networking with artificial intelligence.

 

 

Larry Larson

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Founder of Larry’s Beans, the largest independent roaster and distributor of coffee in central North Carolina. Larry earned a PhD in economics and soon started his first business, Paradigm Coffee House. He later co-founded Java Jive coffeehouses which he later sold to devote himself full-time to sourcing and roasting coffee.

 

In 1999, Larry’s Beans became one of the founding members of Cooperative Coffees, the only cooperative of independent coffee companies in the U.S. and Canada that imports green beans directly from fair trade farmers. He has increased his company’s social impact and aggressively moved to lessen its environmental impact. The company also funds sustainabilityschool.org, a web site that seeks to introduce people to the pleasures and logic of sustainability. Larry has served two terms as chairman of Cooperative Coffees and serves on the board of the Fair Trade Resource Network.

 

 

Richard Godwin

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Richard is co-owner and President of CG Publishing of Toronto, one of its imprints being Apogee Books, the world's most recognized publisher of space exploration books and multimedia. Richard is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Space Society (NSS) and has served as a Board Director of the Space Frontier Foundation. He is also content editor of Ad Astra Online (a section of Space.com, a large New York-based media website).

 

Earlier in his career, Richard started and profitably sold a small chain of fast food restaurants in the north of England. Restaurant Design and Supply Company in London grew to become an international trading company, with a client list including Marriott Hotels, Shell Plc, BP, The British Ministry of Defense, McDonald's Corp, Wendy's International, Burger King, The Savoy, Harrods, The Royal Society and many more. He also set up a compact disk trading company that became the largest importer of CDs in the United States with a turnover in excess of $30M. He founded the Griffin Record label and CG Publishing.

 

 

Terri Griffin

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Terri is Founder and President of marketing company Albers, Inc. For several years, Terri served as VP of Corporate Communications for Prodea Systems and Anousheh Ansari’s personal business manager. She has more than 25 years of experience in management, marketing, business development and engineering. In her current role, she supports not only the technology company and business affairs for Anousheh but is active in both space and educational initiatives. During Anousheh’s historic flight, Terri was responsible for all communications and worked daily with Anousheh, NASA and the Russian Space Agency.

 

Prior to Prodea, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of tekVizion PVS, Inc, a telecom systems integration company, software developer and testing facility. Terri was also Director of Marketing at Cisco Systems, responsible for all marketing activities for Cisco’s southern area with a focus on solutions marketing and selling. Prior to Cisco, she was Vice President of Marketing at Sonus Networks, where she was responsible for the marketing strategy and overseeing all marketing functions. Terri joined Sonus as a result of the acquisition of Telecom Technologies, where she was Vice President of Marketing. In this role, she directed all marketing, product management, and brand-building programs, and was instrumental in the development of Telecom Technologies’ industry-leading partner program. Terri has also held marketing, engineering and management positions at ODS Networks (now Intrusion, Inc.), EMASS (a division of E-Systems), and Raytheon Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in computer science from Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

 

 

Roger Harris

StarPort Project Advisor

 

As director of Emerging Technologies and Research Analysis at Sigma Xi, a 60K member global scientific society, Roger has been a recognized thought leader and early adopter of new communication technologies. He develops statistical approaches to research and analyzes organization function, industry positioning, demographic data and customer behavior. He uses a combination of approaches to engage stakeholders including E-mail marketing, social media analysis, branding and marketing strategies, survey design and analysis, Web site audience development and performance metrics. He lead Sigma Xi’s Web 2.0 initiative. He strategized, guided and supervised departmental operations, raised organizational visibility and increased member numbers and staff efficiency.

 

Roger was a key organizer of Sigma Xi’s Annual Meetings in 2006 and 2007, building relationships with the event’s major sponsor, General Motors. He led organization of the Society’s high profile event in 2006, Sally Ride Science’s TOYChallenge, including liaison with guest speaker Kathy Sullivan, America’s first woman in space. In 2005, he was an invited judge for the TOYChallenge East Coast National Finals.

 

Roger has played a leading role in several start ups, including his own tour operator travel business, an online photography website, and two educational institutions. Roger has given dozens of presentations to schools, museums, civic groups and businesses. He is a member of the Science Communicators of North Carolina, the National Association of Science Writers and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

 

 

Alex Howerton

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Alex is currently a Business Development Consultant with American Aerospace Advisors of Radnor, PA. Before this position, he worked with the NASTAR Center, or National Aerospace Training and Research Center, in Southampton, PA, as Business Development Manager for Space Training. In that role, he was instrumental in developing from initial contact through final delivery of the Official Space Training Program for Virgin Galactic’s Founders as they prepare for their historic flight aboard SpaceShipTwo. He wrote a monthly newsletter and press releases.

 

Beginning in 1992, he published Space Available: The Space Investors’ Report and was its publisher, editor and principal author until 1995, when it was acquired by Countdown Magazine. He has written two books on space development. Free Space: Real Alternatives for Reaching Outer Space (Loompanics, 1995) is an assessment of the then current private space initiatives. Project Avalon (Space Available Press, 1998) is a science fiction novel exploring the ramifications of private space development. Alex has written articles for Space News, The Futurist, Ad Astra, The Space Review and many other venues. He has spoken at conferences, and has been interviewed on radio and television.

 

 

Brad Thompson

StarPort Project Advisor

 

Brad is the founder and President of Altruent Systems, a systems integration company that specializes in the design and installation of mission critical infrastructure. Brad has played a key role in spearheading the green initiatives of Altruent’s modular data center solutions and the integration of renewable energy technologies.

 

With a background in network engineering, IT consulting and commercial real estate, Brad has combined his varied experience into the role of Critical Infrastructure Consultant and Data Center Designer. His business approach led to the creation of Altruent Systems, which was inspired by the philosophy of altruism, or “to put others first”. With a focus on state-of-the-art “green” technologies, Brad and the Altruent team constantly strive to put the needs of their clients and the environment first. His leadership has positioned Altruent as one of the top tier infrastructure consulting companies in the nation. Positioned as an industry leader, Altruent has provided solutions for some of America’s fastest growing companies, including Parata Systems, Applied Research Associates and CAPTRUST Financial.”