Meet masten

The Masten Team

The Masten team is a tight confederation of space pioneers, rocket scientists, and business heavyweights. We’ve been wrangling rocket-powered landings from sci-fi into reality for more than 17 years. The team highlighted below shows a few folks who helped us get here and continue to support our upcoming mission to Moon and beyond.

leadership

Sean Mahoney

Chief Executive Officer

 

Sean Mahoney is the CEO of Masten Space Systems, an aerospace R&D and flight services company that creates and deploys reliable, reusable rocket vehicles and components. Since joining Masten in 2010 as Director of Business Operations, Sean has focused on building a sustainable, customer-funded business. He has been instrumental in establishing Masten as one of the rising stars in the New Space movement. He served as COO during 2011-2012 and was named CEO in 2013.

Sean has over 15 years of corporate and technology industry experience, having founded and led a number of technology start-up ventures, and raised multiple rounds of private funding. Sean began his career overseeing technical sales and building internal organizations as a manager at AT&T’s Enterprise hosting division.

Sean received his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and serves in a leadership capacity for a number of entrepreneurship and environmental non-profit organizations.

 

David Masten

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

 

David’s longtime passion for lowering the barriers of space access led him to develop experimental rocket propulsion systems long before he started Masten Space Systems in 2004, and that passion continues to drive him today. As Chief Technology Officer, David leads the development of Masten’s next-generation reusable vehicles and continues to detail the technology roadmap for the company. David’s role with small launch vehicle operations has solidified his place as a leading expert in developing reusable launch vehicles that are operated by a small team. In addition to his role as visionary for Masten, David continues to contribute to operations procedures, software development, safety systems design, and safety analysis, among other areas.

Prior to starting Masten Space Systems, David acquired extensive experience in software development working in IT networking and software startups. This experience and pace informs his unique approach to the development of reusable launch vehicles. David has served as President and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society.

David Masten

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

 

David’s longtime passion for lowering the barriers of space access led him to develop experimental rocket propulsion systems long before he started Masten Space Systems in 2004, and that passion continues to drive him today. As Chief Technology Officer, David leads the development of Masten’s next-generation reusable vehicles and continues to detail the technology roadmap for the company. David’s role with small launch vehicle operations has solidified his place as a leading expert in developing reusable launch vehicles that are operated by a small team. In addition to his role as visionary for Masten, David continues to contribute to operations procedures, software development, safety systems design, and safety analysis, among other areas.

Prior to starting Masten Space Systems, David acquired extensive experience in software development working in IT networking and software startups. This experience and pace informs his unique approach to the development of reusable launch vehicles. David has served as President and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society.

MICHAEL ADAMS

Chief Financial Officer

 

Michael brings a wealth of financial experience to Masten, where he leads finance, accounting, and many business operations functions. Michael has been the co-foundng CFO for a healthcare firm focused on toxicology and treatment programs for helping tackle the opiod epidemic. He also brings a background in banking, acting as regional Regional CFO for Regions Bank, leading budgeting and financial planning for 1200 employees and a $40 billion balance sheet. Michael previously served as an investment banker for JPMorgan focused on M&A in the financial services industry.

Michael received his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where he was a fellow of the Goizueta Leadership Institute. He holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia. When not running finances for Masten, you’ll find Michael exploring the world on a hiking trail or coaching recreational soccer.

Matthew kuhns

Vice President, Research & Development

 

With over a decade of experience in aerospace and startups, Matthew has co-founded several companies and has a passion for finding innovative solutions to difficult problems. This approach leads to increased mission success and performance for our customers, as he works to integrate the rigor and precision of traditional aerospace with the speed of New Space.

Matthew plays key roles around technology development and advanced concepts, holding 5 patents and the title NASA NIAC Fellow. He is a leader in enabling technologies including LOX/Methane propulsion systems, electric pumps, and advanced additive manufacturing. Prior to Masten he worked on the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Geared Turbofan engine, long endurance UAVs, and commercial aircraft fuel systems.

Matt is a National Geographic published photographer and has developed tools to enable photographers to find perfect light based on atmospheric data.

Matthew kuhns

Vice President, Research & Development

 

With over a decade of experience in aerospace and startups, Matthew has co-founded several companies and has a passion for finding innovative solutions to difficult problems. This approach leads to increased mission success and performance for our customers, as he works to integrate the rigor and precision of traditional aerospace with the speed of New Space.

Matthew plays key roles around technology development and advanced concepts, holding 5 patents and the title NASA NIAC Fellow. He is a leader in enabling technologies including LOX/Methane propulsion systems, electric pumps, and advanced additive manufacturing. Prior to Masten he worked on the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Geared Turbofan engine, long endurance UAVs, and commercial aircraft fuel systems.

Matt is a National Geographic published photographer and has developed tools to enable photographers to find perfect light based on atmospheric data.

COLIN AKE

Vice President, Lunar Development

 

Colin brings a passion for new business model development to Masten, where he serves in strategy, partnership, policy, and business development functions as the company works to open the final frontier. He also leads integrated innovation efforts within Masten focused on investigating and building new models. Colin returned to Masten in 2020 and previously worked with the company from 2009-2013, where he worked to turn the company from an X-Prize challenge winner into a sustainable company serving customers as a primary source of revenue.

Colin spent seven years in the university commercialization ecosystem with Georgia Tech’s VentureLab, where he worked to build business models around the technology produced by GT’s faculty and PhD students.

He has a background in software and technology startups. Colin serves on his local City Council as an elected official. Colin holds an MBA and BS in Management from Georgia Tech.

 

People Who power Masten

Sean Bedford

Sean Bedford

General Counsel

Jared Byron

Jared Byron

Operations and Project Manager

Alison Dufresne

Alison Dufresne

Engineering Manager

Jenna Edwards

Jenna Edwards

Strategy & Organizational Development

Thomas Ferrer

Thomas Ferrer

Director of Talent & Human Resources

Reuben Garcia

Reuben Garcia

Director of Technical Operations

Katherine Jones

Katherine Jones

Lead Payloads Engineer

Stefan Lamb

Stefan Lamb

Aerospace Engineer

Oscar Martin

Oscar Martin

Engineering Manager

Risa Schnautz

Risa Schnautz

Director of Marketing & Communications

Joselyn Wade-Price

Joselyn Wade-Price

Executive Assistant

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