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Robbie Schingler

Robbie Schingler

Co-Founder Planet Labs


Robbie Schingler is an entrepreneur in San Francisco, CA. Previously, Robbie was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters where he helped to incubate the office and start the Space Technology program. Prior to this position, Robbie was NASA's lead for Open Government at NASA responding to the President's Open Government Directive.

Prior to returning to NASA Headquarters in January 2010, Robbie was an Engineering Project Manager in the Office of the Center Director at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) where he focused on non-traditional partnerships and new ventures for NASA. Robbie worked in the Small Spacecraft Division helping to bring small spacecraft partners and flight projects into NASA Ames and most recently was the Capture Lead for the NASA Small Explorer Program (SMEX) proposed mission called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

Robbie is one of the co-founders of the NASA CoLab project in 2006 and is an active participant in creating public participation and open innovation at NASA. Previously, he has worked at NASA in three different positions: program and policy analysis in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, a research scientist in nanotechnology at ARC, and as a student scientist in cosmochemistry at ARC. Robbie has also worked as an independent consultant for space security research and as a mechanical engineer and project manager at an engineering consulting firm. Robbie is a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow and holds bachelor's and two master's degrees from Santa Clara University, the International Space University, and Georgetown University in Engineering Physics with an emphasis in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Space Studies, and Business Administration with a Certificate in International Business Diplomacy, respectively.

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