Mach 30’s strength comes from the diversity of its Board and volunteers. Please read on to learn about the strengths and talents our Board members bring to Mach 30.
Minutes from meetings of the Board of Directors can be found here.
J. Simmons is the founder of Mach 30. As a Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute Fellow, J. spends his days studying Space Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and his nights leading a revolution in space systems development. J.’s vision for Mach 30 combines his years working and volunteering for non-profits and his experiences using open source software tools in small business.
Before attending AFIT, J. worked as the Technical Coordinator for Oxford University Press’s US website where he learned the importance of open standards in promoting rapid growth in industry. After moving to Blacksburg, VA, to study Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech, J. spent three years as a member of the facilitation team at Shadowlake Village. During that time, J. developed his skills in helping diverse groups come to consensus and found that creative solutions become possible when all options are considered. Most recently, J. served as the Quality Assurance Engineer at Phoenix Integration, where he worked with their modeling and integration tools such as ModelCenter and CenterLink.
J. holds a MS in Space Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BFA in Theatre Lighting Design and Technology from Florida State University, where he also studied as a Computer Science major, and will complete his PhD in Space Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Summer, 2013.
Greg Moran grew up in Plano, TX and earned his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. While there, Greg was a member of the Corps of Cadets Squadron 12 and Air Force ROTC earning his commissioning as a 2nd lieutenant after graduation in 2005. His first assignment was at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton OH where he did work on a diverse array of programs including airborne signals intelligence sensors, US coalition vehicle checkpoint improvements, and space sensor experiments. He also took classes at the Air Force Institute of Technology to earn a Graduate Certificate of Space Systems. Throughout his educational and Air Force careers, Greg had sought out design teams with a rapid reaction mission where he gets to practice concept prototyping and streamlined product acquisitions. Previous projects include 100% original sounding rocket designs for Boeing, producing vehicle checkpoint kits with collapsible barrier systems, and responsive space satellite research & experiments. Greg spends the rest of his time enjoying hobbies like flying, snowboarding, rock climbing, racquetball, camping, kayaking, reading, playing piano/drums and hanging out with friends and family.
Chris is a Software Engineer that started his career as a consultant to small businesses, developing customer software solutions for their problems. Chris now consults large organizations, helping them enhance their large enterprise software solutions through systems engineering, testing, and software engineering activities. Through his career, he has leveraged and contributed to open source software, and is a firm believer in the power of open source.
For Mach 30, Chris contributes across many facets of the organization, from technical support for mach30.org and Open Design Engine, to being the resident Scrum master for the Integrated Product Team (IPT), to his board activities.