RAND Distinguished Speaker Series

A Conversation with Marco Villa, Adviser to the Hyperloop Next-Generation Transportation System

Hyperloop sketches

Hyperloop sketches

courtesy of SpaceX


June 24, 2014


6:00 p.m. – Registration
6:30 p.m. – Program


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About the Speakers

Marco Villa

Marco Villa is vice president of Space Vehicles Systems at Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, a founding partner at mv2space, and an adviser on aerospace and high technology at Floyd Associates. Dr. Villa has worked on some of the most advanced and cutting-edge programs in the aerospace industry, from technology demonstration satellites to leading commercial efforts. Through his career, Dr. Villa developed a unique expertise that combines business management, finance, and technical knowledge. As Director of Mission Operations at SpaceX, Dr. Villa was responsible for the missions of the Dragon spacecraft to and from the International Space Station. Since September 2013, Dr. Villa has been an adviser to the Hyperloop next-generation transportation system and its "crowd-design" approach.

William (Bill) Welser IV (moderator) is the research department director of the Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS) Department and a senior management systems analyst at the RAND Corporation. As director of EAS, he is responsible for roughly 160 professional research staff. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Current research projects include informing the future global force posture for US Special Operations Command, evaluating technology and market trends related to space-based sensors and capabilities, and designing applications for secure information sharing using beyond state of the art cryptographic algorithms and protocols.

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