Dr. John Olds is the founder of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) and currently serves as the corporation’s Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Dr. Olds is responsible for the strategic growth and overall management of the company as well as establishing an integrating vision for the company’s various operating divisions and technical activities. He also has ongoing technical roles within the company and holds a joint title as one of the firm’s Principal Engineers.
Dr. Olds has over 25 years of experience in the aerospace sector, including positions in private consulting, large aerospace industry, academia, and small business. Prior to founding SEI, Dr. Olds served as a professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech and Director of the school’s Space Systems Design Lab. Previously, he was employed as an aerospace engineer with General Dynamics’ Space Systems Division and later served as a Visiting Assistant Professor with N. C. State University’s Mars Mission Research Center. In his professional and academic careers, Dr. Olds has been active in the field of advanced space transportation systems analysis and design with particular emphasis on the integration of automated software analyses using multidisciplinary analysis techniques. He is author or co-author of over 100 technical papers related to conceptual design of advanced space systems. He has led or participated in a wide range of aerospace concept design studies related to advanced launch systems, human exploration missions, LEO-based satellite constellations, lunar resource missions, space solar power satellites, and partially-reusable military spaceplane concepts. Dr. Olds has served as an industry advocate for affordable and responsive space access, human space exploration, high-speed point-to-point global transportation, and the expansion of commercial space business.
Dr. Olds holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from N.C. State University, an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from N.C. State University. He has received both NASA TGIR and NASA Group Achievement awards for his participation in previous NASA space systems design projects. He is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a former Fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC).
Dr. Olds is a native of South Carolina, but currently resides in Dunwoody, GA. In addition to his role at SEI, he is a limited partner in a real estate investment partnership in northeast Tennessee. He also serves as CEO of startup Generation Orbit Launch Services. Inc. and is a co-founder of Terminal Velocity Aerospace, LLC. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Dr. Olds and his wife Melinda have one son, Davis.