President & Founder
Dr. George Davis
Dr. George Davis is the President and founder of Emergent Space Technologies, Inc. He received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin for his research into the precise orbit determination of low altitude satellites using the Global Positioning System. His M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, also from the University of Texas, was on on-orbit assembly operations for lunar and Mars spacecraft. His interests include GPS applications, autonomous spacecraft navigation, and orbit determination.
Prior to starting Emergent, he worked for the Technical Services Division of the Orbital Sciences Corporation as a support contractor at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He worked in GSFC's spaceborne GPS technology group, providing systems engineering, algorithm development, receiver testing and data analysis support to a variety of missions, including the International Space Station, EO-1, and VCL. At the peak of the Internet bubble, he joined Appnet Systems, which became Commerce One e-Government Solutions, to break into the Information Technology industry. He supported the development of web portals and e-commerce exchanges for the federal government. It was there that he saw the opportunity to apply modern information technologies to the aerospace industry, and subsequently started Emergent.
When not working, he enjoys coaching his kids in youth sports and playing softball in the NASA Goddard Softball League. With what little time he has left, he enjoys fishing and playing golf, and probably watching too much college football and basketball.
Vice President of Technical Services / Chief Software Engineer
Mr. O’Connor is the Vice President of Technical Services and Chief Software Engineer, having joined the company in 2008. He earned a B.A. in Chemistry from New College of Florida and both an M.A. in Chemistry and an M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. His areas of interest include spacecraft mission design, complex systems development, and autonomous flight software for spacecraft.
He is the system architect for the F6 Cluster Flight software and has extensive experience developing high availability software systems in distributed environments. He specializes in leading software teams that successfully deliver working software under extreme circumstances using agile, customer-centric methods. Mr. O’Connor has led many successful mission critical software development projects. Prior to joining Emergent, he was a software architect and Senior Principal Engineer at McDonnell Douglas and The Boeing Company and the Chief Technology Officer for Multimedia Games, a publicly traded producer of high-availability, high-volume transaction processing software for the casino industry. He is a co-inventor on nine US patents and in his spare time he is an avid runner, bicyclist and pilot.
Vice President of engineering / chief Engineer
Dr. Sun Hur-Diaz
Dr. Sun Hur-Diaz is the Vice President of Engineering and Chief Engineer. She received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University for her research on optimal control of solar sails. She received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of interest include optimal control, flight dynamics, orbit determination and control, attitude determination and control, and systems engineering.
As a pointing control system engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope, she was awarded the Goddard Individual Engineering Excellence Award for developing new filters and controllers for reduced-sensor/actuator modes that extend the life of the telescope. Prior to coming to Emergent, she was a flight dynamics engineer at Intelsat where she developed ground software, performed on-orbit operations, and participated in numerous orbit raising campaigns. Prior to Intelsat, she was a mission and orbit analyst at Space Systems/Loral, where she developed star tracker attitude estimation algorithms for GOES image navigation improvement, developed the navigation filter for the Tensor GPS receiver flown on Globalstar, and devised low-thrust orbit raising and station keeping algorithms for geostationary satellites. She is a co-inventor on four US patents.
When not working, she is busy shuttling her children to numerous sports and music activities and volunteering at their schools. Occasionally, she finds time to try out new recipes to surprise her family and friends.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Everett Cary
Mr. Everett Cary is the Vice President of Operations and has previously served as the Vice President of Technical Services. He joined Emergent in 2002 and has seen the company through all its growth phases over the years. As the VP of Operations, he is responsible for the day-to-day tactical execution of the company's strategies. He is a hands-on leader that believes by tracking and monitoring, you can optimize your business. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
While at Emergent, he has been the Principal Investigator for a government-funded program and has been active in applying modern information technologies towards automation of satellite ground systems. He has numerous years of experience in developing, deploying, and managing software solutions across a variety of domains. His organization skills and his ability to decompose solutions into work packages applied itself naturally to project management responsibilities and ultimately to overseeing the corporate operations. Prior to joining Emergent, he designed, and supported software applications, including web and e-commerce portals, point-of sale solutions, enterprise busienss and auction applications. He has a strong interest in Engineering processes, having worked as a certified Rational Unified Process trainer and he is involved heavily with Emergent's Engineering Process Group.
Outside of the office, he turns his attention to his family and watching his kids grow up. He also spends too much time learning new time management techniques.