KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)—the non- profit entity recently selected by NASA to maximize use of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS NL)—has hired three senior executives to direct the Operations, Marketplace Development and Economic Valuation functions for the organization.
Duane Ratliff will serve as Director of Operations. Ratliff most recently served as Senior Vice President at Dynamac Corporation, with operations expertise in supply chain management, government program management, space-based R&D, biotech facilities support, and payload development and execution. He also served as the liaison between Space Florida and NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for all operations and logistics planning for the Space Life Sciences Laboratory.
Brian Harris will serve as Director of Marketplace Development. Harris is a certified program manager and most recently served as Director of Business and Program Development at Aerojet. He has more than 25 years of experience in the management of NASA and commercial aerospace hardware and technology systems for operational deployment, with expertise in the execution of strategic business growth in engineering services, spacecraft and associated ground support systems, and microgravity materials processing. The CASIS Marketplace will be a community forum to facilitate collaboration and enable the union of creative ideas with sponsorship.
Charles Resnick will serve as Director of Economic Valuation. Resnick is a business executive with more than 25 years of experience in global and financial management, private equity/venture capital, start-ups, and operations and strategic positioning focusing on technology, banking and consumer products. He has expertise in both domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and he served as a lead in negotiating the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement, as Undersecretary in the Bush Administration. Most recently, Resnick served as the Managing Partner of Inflexion Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm. Throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, he has used integrated economic models to determine the allocation of capital. Resnick will use his experience as well as the economic valuation framework in development by CASIS to prioritize the research portfolio, which will guide the selection and prioritization of projects to ensure return on investment.