Steve Smith is an aerospace executive with extensive experience in innovation, system dynamics, data analytics, product development, and go-to-market strategies.Steve is Director of Flight Sciences at Blue Origin leading a team of scientists, engineers, and R&D labs, all laser-focused on building a road to space. To get to space, Steve’s team innovates, develops, and tests new state-of-the-art technologies used in autonomous rockets and spacecraft. Prior to Blue Origin, Steve served as Director of Innovation & Product Development at FlightSafety International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and a leading provider of pilot training services and virtual flight simulators. In this role, Steve developed concept-to-market product roadmaps and led multi-disciplinary teams innovating a wide range of new, industry-leading flight simulator and pilot training technologies and products. Steve is a patent holder, a recipient of numerous corporate and industry awards, and a frequent public speaker. Believing a rising tide raises all boats, Steve also advocates and promotes innovation in the community by serving as a mentor, judge, and advisor with MassChallenge, on the Board of Advisors of high-tech start-ups, and on the Board of Directors for the Tulsa Air & Space Museum.Steve holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.