Wharton SoCal x Chicago Booth - Blast Off to Success: Networking and Insights in the New Space Industry, Thu 5/16 5pm PDT

Date and Time
Thursday, May 16, 2024
5:00pm— 8:00pm
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4130 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
United States
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Wayne Hao

Blast Off to Success: Networking and Insights in the New Space Industry

Arkisys Inc
EOS North America

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Los Angeles

May 16, 2024: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Calling all space enthusiasts and entrepreneurs for an evening of networking and panel discussion about the new space industry and exciting opportunities in being part of it.


4130 Overland Ave
Culver City, California

Event Details

Join us in the heart of Los Angeles on May 16th for an electrifying evening dedicated to the future of space exploration. Organized by Chicago Booth and its local LA alumni group, this inaugural space event will bring together space enthusiasts like entrepreneurs, investors and professionals to connect and mingle. The event will culminate with a stellar panel discussion, where creative minds from investment, entrepreneurship and other domains will discuss the latest trends in the new space industry and the most exciting opportunities to get involved and drive the space revolution.

Speaker Profiles

Sean Singleton (Panelist) '08
Managing Director, Oglethorpe Capital, LLC

Sean is a proven and trusted leader and strategic thinker within Aerospace and Defense (A&D) with over 20 years providing exact solutions meeting client's needs. He is a pioneer of business process enablement, leveraging years of corporate finance expertise in developing the next phase of disruptive technologies in A&D. He has served multiple Fortune 200 company leadership roles with an entrepreneurial mindset for creativity and nimbleness. He is also a United States Air Force Academy graduate and a former Air Force Officer and Special Agent with multiple international liaison engagements while working for 2 U.S. Presidents at the highest levels of diplomatic protocol.

Dave Barnhart (Panelist)
CEO, Arkisys Inc

Dave has been privileged to conceive, architect, and develop a number of very cool space projects in his career. The most recent one is Arises, the first Business Platforms in Space for new Technology Hosting, Satellite Integration, Assembly and Resupply. His passion is in disruptive innovation through inspiration and spurring imagination in thinking, the kind that will truly change how the world uses and creates the 2nd generation of space capabilities. Dave believes that there is no reason we cannot start to consider very large scaleable self assembled systems on orbit to solve problems in power, weather, ecological monitoring, and ultimately outward expansion to the planets and stars, as there is no reason to not start sailing the "Millennium Voyager" to meet new people, discover new countries, and write new stories of adventure.

Tanmay Aggarwal (Panelist) '15
Founder & CEO, Lambda Function

Lamda Function is an SF-based startup backed by the NSF Seed Fund, University of Chicago, On Deck Accelerator, and others, on a mission to enable autonomous precision manufacturing for demanding applications in aerospace and other industries. Prior to founding Lambda Function, Mr. Aggarwal was a Senior Engagement Manager in the Technology practice at L.E.K. Consulting, a global strategy consulting firm. In addition, Mr. Aggarwal has prior corporate strategy & global operations experience working with mid-to-large precision manufacturers across Aerospace & Defense, Semiconductor Equipment, and Medical Device supply chains.

Michael Wohlfart (Panelist)
Senior Consultant, EOS North America

Michael Wohlfart is Senior Consultant at EOS North America, the leading industrial 3D printer OEM to enable the new space industry. Michael has a strong background in high-end product development with a focus in aerospace and sustainable energy. He supports strategic customers, specifically from the aerospace industry, in identifying market needs and the utilization of 3D printing to develop products for new space opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • Space professionals and investors: Network with colleagues, explore new opportunities, and stay ahead of the curve.
  • Entrepreneurs: Gain inspiration, forge partnerships, and learn about the latest advancements in the industry.
  • Students and aspiring space professionals: Network with established figures, learn from leading experts, and gain insights into potential career paths.
  • Space enthusiasts: Immerse yourself in the excitement of space exploration, connect with like-minded individuals, and broaden your knowledge.

Why attend?

  • Exclusive networking: Connect with a diverse range of professionals from the new space community.
  • Panel discussion: Hear from four renowned experts as they share their insights on cutting-edge advancements, future trends, and opportunities in the space industry.
  • Interactive Q&A: Engage with the panel and gain valuable perspectives on revolutionary topics within the field.
  • Exhilarating atmosphere: Experience the energy and excitement surrounding the future of space exploration.

Don't miss this opportunity to:

  • Expand your professional network
  • Gain crucial industry knowledge
  • Spark new ideas and collaborations
  • Be at the forefront of the space exploration movement

Get ready for a night of unforgettable connections and a glimpse into the future of space!




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Deadline: 5/16/2024



Wentao Fu, '23 

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4130 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230, United States,
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