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The leadership team

Bryce Space and Technology is built around an integrated team of analytic experts in disciplines critical to space and technology. Our experts in engineering, physics, statistics, biology, operations research, applied economics, communications, and policy analysis are bound together by a commitment to analytic rigor as the foundation for effective decision support.

Nearly 80 percent of our analysts have advanced degrees and together have experience serving more than 20 federal government agencies and organizations as well as working with hundreds of companies in space, energy, technology, aviation, and defense. Working together as a multi-disciplinary and cohesive unit, Bryce Space and Technology delivers a broad-based and objective perspective to corporate and government leaders.

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Carissa Bryce Christensen is the founder and CEO of Bryce Space and Technology, a leading aerospace and emerging markets consultancy. Ms. Christensen is an internationally-recognized expert in commercial space and the interplay of government, military, and commercial activities in the aerospace sector. For over two decades she has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems and advanced technology. She led the creation of widely-used financial and economic indicators now considered global metrics for the commercial space and satellite sectors.

A frequent speaker and author on space and satellite trends, Carissa serves as a strategic advisor to government and commercial clients, and has been an expert witness and testified before Congress on market dynamics. She currently sits on the board of the Aerospace Center for Space Policy and Strategy and serves on the National Research Council Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable (STIGUR) advisory group.

She is also an active entrepreneur and investor in technology-focused startups and advises several companies she has helped seed. She co-founded QxBranch, a quantum computing software firm, and sat on its board through its successful Series A. Prior to founding Bryce, Carissa co-founded The Tauri Group, LLC and was a partner in CenTauri Solutions, LLC (acquired by CSC in 2010).

Ms. Christensen holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She also completed the General Course in Government at the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University.

Ms. Christensen is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Ian Dickinson

Brig Gen (Ret.) Ian Dickinson is Chief Operating Officer of Bryce Space and Technology. General Dickinson is a leader in cyberspace for military and government organizations. In his career, General Dickinson served in increasingly challenging roles in the Air Force. He managed, maintained, and secured the cyberspace domain used by the Air Force, as well as trained warfighters to fight in and protect that domain. He served as Deputy CIO of the Joint Staff, ran regional communications for task forces in combat, and oversaw the creation of the first undergraduate cyber training curriculum for Air Force personnel.

General Dickinson was the Commander, 81st Training Wing, Keesler AFB, Mississippi, where he commanded 5,000 airmen and civilians, providing technical training and creating combat capability for air, space, and cyberspace forces. Previous roles include base, center, major command in acquisition, operations, and maintenance of communications and information capabilities.

General Dickinson is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He earned a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

General Dickinson joined Bryce Space and Technology in March, 2017, in the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Mike French

Mike French is the Senior Vice President for Commercial Space at Bryce Space and Technology. His experience in the space industry ranges from advising senior leaders at NASA and the White House on commercial space policy, to analyzing major space investments for funds and banks, to helping start-up technology companies build business plans.

Previously NASA’s Chief of Staff, French advised the NASA Administrator, the White House, and other government leadership on national space policy issues. He helped shape and obtain funding for NASA’s commercial space programs and advanced innovative public private partnerships, including a privately-funded Mars science mission and a cost-sharing program to develop space habitat systems. French received NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal for his service.

Prior to serving in government, he practiced law in the defense and aerospace sector in Los Angeles. As an attorney, he conducted internal investigations of major aerospace weapons systems for a leading defense industry client and represented financial services, energy, and biotechnology clients in litigation. French has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Senior Program Managers and Senior Subject Matter Experts

Bryce Space and Technology senior staff members have 20+ years of experience.

Susan Albert

Economics, data tools and data analytics

Anton Dolgopolov

Aerospace engineering and satellites

Rita DiBella

Director, Human Resources

Warren Ferster

Strategy, space industry

Martha Ellison

Director, Contracts

Elaine Gresham

Technology portfolio analysis, satellite and launch market analysis

Lawrence A. Helm

Director, Strategic Programs

Celinda Marsh

Federal space budgets, OMB

Carie Mullins

Industrial engineering, technology forecasting, data analytics

John Nelson

Technology program management, biomedical engineering

Kathy Reilly

Communications strategy for space, space applications

Aschley Schiller

Senior Consultant & Program Manager

Manny Shar

UK Head of Analytics

Matthew Shouppe

Director of Government Business Development

Phil Smith

Aerospace systems, launch, space art

Dr. Al Weston

Aerospace engineering, military space

Director of Operations

Crystal Coppinger, crystal.coppinger@brycetech.com

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Nima Conté, nima.conte@brycetech.com