The Role of Rogue Thinkers in Human Progress

DateApril 12, 2018Time2:30 - 3:30 pm
LocationBaylor Sciences Building, Room D-110
Description

"The Role of Rogue Thinkers in Human Progress," a colloquium event sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: BSB Room D-110
There will be a reception prior to the event on the BSB 2nd floor E-Wing Elevator Landing at 1:45 p.m.

Speaker Info:
Jim Cantrell, CEO and Co-founder, Vector Launch, Inc.

Abstract:
Human advancement often results from individuals and groups of people who refuse to accept the status quo, see a problem and its solution differently than their peers, and are driven deeply by a sense that true progress occurs through constant questioning of assumption and doing in untraditional ways.

These are the Rogue Thinkers who have shaped civilization since the dawn of mankind and contine at a breakneck pace in today's world. They were yesterday's explorers and wanderers and today's thinkers and entrepreneurs.

Jim Cantrell was on the founding team of SpaceX, has founded several space and automotive companies and has had significant roles in the development of some well-known companies such as Skybox Imaging, Iridium, PlanetLabs, Rocket Lab and most recently Vector. These companies have begun to reshape the landscape of humanity's relationship to space exploration and changing the economic equations of the aerospace industry. These ventures all had one thing in common: Rogue Thinkers and Rogue Doers. Jim will trace a personal path from the despair of government space programs in the 1980s to early privately funded space exploration programs, to the end of the cold war and its terrorizing prospects of loose nukes, to today's modern innovators and Rogue Companies.

Rogue Thinkers all contributed to this evolving story and have connected many unlikely events to produce a compelling story and narrative. The string of people and events that connects these pieces is as interesting as it is instructive about our past and our future in this industry and perhaps in the universe.

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