Tom Cwik

#Keynote, #Speaker

NASA | Innovation


Driven by being a creative leader, my goal is to build tech systems that accomplish the next-to-impossible. Systems that push the limits of what is feasible but meet well-defined goals.


This compels:

- Building high-performance teams, tightly connected that can reach into key networks of expertise and resources to succeed

- Growing team members and leaders who develop ever increasing bandwidth across technical fields, and become conversant with and can assess developments outside their specific expertise

- Building tech systems to the next threshold of capability while maintaining scalability to the very large

- Working with and advising sponsors and a range of stakeholders to raise capital and meet goals



This has been learned and demonstrated through a range of projects including

- Building the world’s largest parallel computing software system for electromagnetic scattering related to military aircraft, at the time when high-performance computing was in its infancy

- Leading a team to develop the NASA Aquarius flight mission definition and proposal, leading to selection for flight development and on-orbit science operations

- Being a founding member of the start-up company M-Factor (acquired by DemandTec and then IBM), a data analytics company exploiting high-performance computing for optimized marketing investments



Behind the scenes, I need to be hands-on with at least one project, surround myself with diverse people with a range of perspectives, mentor and learn, and sustain the passion.