Leadership

John R. Olds, Ph.D., P.E. – Chief Executive Officer 

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 units 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 27 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.  He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Dr. Olds and his wife Melinda have one son, Davis.

 

 


 

Melinda Olds - Board of Directors

Ms. Melinda Olds is co-founder of SpaceWorks Enterprises Inc. and currently serves as a member of the firm's Board of Directors. From 2000 to 2014, she also served as SpaceWorks' Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for employee benefits, purchasing and acquisition, and employee retirement plans. Ms. Olds is one of the company's major shareholders.

Ms. Olds' academic background lies in teaching and education, and she holds a B.A. degree in education from Converse College in South Carolina. Prior to co-founding SEI, she held teaching positions in Hampton, VA, Raleigh, NC, and Huntsville, AL. Ms. Olds is a native of Spartanburg, SC. 

 


 

John E. Bradford, Ph.D. - President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. John E. Bradford is President & Chief Operating Officer of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Bradford's expertise is in systems integration, multidisciplinary optimization, and power/propulsion system design and performance assessment for future space concepts. As President, Dr. Bradford oversees the day-to-day operations of the office, manages the engineering staff and task assignments, performs bid and proposal work for new efforts, and is the primary interface for all business with the Department of Defense.

Upon joining the firm in 2001 as Director of Hypersonics, he served as Program Manager for numerous government-sponsored activities with NASA, the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), and DARPA. Under an activity with AFRL, Dr. Bradford led a team to design two military space plane (MSP) vehicle concepts called the Quicksat and Sentinel. Working with various NASA field centers, he has supported the SLI and NGLT RLV development programs, providing both concept analysis and disciplinary expertise in the areas of propulsion and aeroheating/TPS analysis. Dr. Bradford led the firm's activities in support of both the DARPA/Air Force FALCON program (under the Northrop-Grumman team) and DARPA RASCAL program (under the Coleman Research team).

In 2004, Dr. Bradford was named President of the Engineering Division. During that year, revenues at SpaceWorks exceeded $1M for the first time. Continuing that growth trend, corporate revenues have more than doubled since that time and the company has opened two additional office locations (Washington D.C. and Huntsville, AL). In 2011, SpaceWorks was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list as the second fastest growing engineering firm in Georgia.

Recent projects at SpaceWorks have included assessing heavy-lift configuration options for NASA's SLS, technology road-mapping and prioritization for AFRL hypersonic systems, programmatic support to the Air Force's Reusable Booster System (RBS) Pathfinder flight demonstrator program, design of hypersonic flight research vehicles (FRVs) for the Air Force, and independent concept analysis for the NASA-AFRL Joint Systems Study (JSS).

Prior to joining SpaceWorks, Dr. Bradford worked at both NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL and Aerojet in Sacramento, CA. His specific area of interest is in computational analysis and design of future systems using collaborative, automated engineering frameworks. Dr. Bradford has developed both disciplinary analysis tools as well as end-to-end concept simulation models spanning performance assessment through life-cycle cost.

Dr. Bradford has a Doctorate and Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Minor in Computer Programming from North Carolina State University. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), on the Steering Committee and a judge for NASA's RASC-AL student design competition, a NASA Academy (NAAA) alumnus, an alumni member of the AIAA High Speed Air-Breathing Technical Committee, and regularly a guest speaker at science fiction conventions. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgia Tech in the School of Aerospace.

 


 

Jordan Shulman - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Jordan Shulman is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Shulman performs managerial and business development duties in addition to a modest engineering role. Chief responsibilities include financial modeling, budgeting, contracting, and accounting. He also serves as Generation Orbit's Chief Financial Officer. and previously served as GO's Financial Manager after completing his business internship with GO through the last half of 2013. During this internship Mr. Shulman and Mr. Piplica represented GO in the NewSpace Business Plan Competition that resulted in a first place prize among 50 companies. He has been an integral member of past start-ups in engineering, operational, and manufacturing managerial functions. Mr. Shulman holds two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Maine in Civil Engineering and Economics. Additionally, he has received two Master's degrees; a Master of Engineering Management from Duke University and a Master of Structural Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.