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Robbie Schingler
Co-Founder, Planet Labs


Robbie Schingler is an Engineering Project Manager in the Office of the Center Director at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) where he focuses on non-traditional partnerships and new ventures for NASA. Robbie works in the Small Spacecraft Division helping to bring small spacecraft partners and flight projects into NASA, 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, research scientist in nano technology 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 and emphasis in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Space Studies, and Business Administration with a Certificate in International Business Diplomacy, respectively.


Robbie Schingler (Planet Labs), Stuart Gill (World Bank), Patrick Svenburg (Microsoft Corporation), Todd Khozein (SecondMuse)
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