Chief Innovation Officer, State of Colorado
Chairmain, Colorado Innovation Network (COIN)
Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Recently recognized as the best technology company to work for, Sierra Nevada Corporation is a multi-billion dollar US aerospace & technology company with over 2,800 employees across the US. As head of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems (SNC), Mark Sirangelo has helped to build and grow a product portfolio ranging from small satellites, to space technologies that have enabled over 420 planetary missions such as Curiosity, to the hybrid rocket motors that won the Ansari X-Prize. SNC is also developing Dream Chaser®, an orbital space plane designed with multiple capabilities to transport crew or cargo to low earth orbit. Mr. Sirangelo was formerly the Chairman & CEO of a publicly traded company, SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC and has spent most of his professional life as an entrepreneur founding and leading several successful technology and communications companies.
Mr. Sirangelo is Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, a member of the board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association and has been inducted as an Associate Fellow of the the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was named to the Defense Industry’s Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, selected as a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, included in Inc. Magazine’s top 200 companies and was inducted into the NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame.
Mr. Sirangelo has, for over 20 years, been passionately working to make the world a safer place for children. He is a Board member and Trustee of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and also a founder, of the International Centre for Children. These Centers have resolved over 100,000 missing children cases and have created such nationally known programs as the Amber Alert and Code Adam.
In August 2013, recognizing his efforts to promote innovation, the Governor of Colorado appointed Mr. Sirangelo as Chairman of the Colorado Innovation Network and as the Chief Innovation Officer of the State of Colorado, a voluntary Cabinet position unique in the country. Additionally, Mr. Sirangelo is the founding and current Chairman of eSpace, the Center for Space Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that supports STEM education and the development of entrepreneurial space companies. Recently he became a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for the University of Colorado.
Mr. Sirangelo has served his country proudly and with distinction as a U.S. Army officer and has a multi-faceted personal background which includes being a long term licensed pilot. He holds a Bachelor of Science, an MBA and Doctorate degrees.