Dr. Alberto Conti

Director, New Business & Innovative Solutions, Civil Space
Ball Aerospace

Dr. Alberto Conti is the director for New Business and Innovative Solutions of the Civil Space strategic business unit at Ball Aerospace. He is responsible for managing new business activities for NASA, NOAA and other civilian U.S. government agencies as well as for academia and other science organizations. Dr. Conti joined Ball Aerospace in September 2018.

Prior to Ball Aerospace, Dr. Conti served as the innovation manager for civil space at Northrop Grumman. He also served as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) innovation scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, the current science operation center for the Hubble Space Telescope, and the future science and mission operation center for JWST. He served as the Hubble Space Telescope chief engineer for Data Management, the Development manager for the Community Missions Office, and the project manager for the data archive of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer space mission.

He has been a leader in developing data mining tools for the worldwide astronomical community. He has also been an
early proponent of the use of modern data mining and visualization techniques across the astronomical community. Many will recognize him as the co-creator of the GoogleSky concept and a team member of Microsoft’s Worldwide Telescope.

Dr. Conti received a M.S. from the University of Trieste, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

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