Who We Are





Nancy Heen

Executive Director, Space Technology Alliance. 

Nancy is also currently Founder and CEO of MP Tech Consulting, a certified woman owned business founded in 2003.  Today, MP Tech is a multi-million dollar company focused on Managing Projects to Success for Fortune 50 companies.   Nancy has 25 years of experience leading complex projects in the areas of strategic management, content development, risk mitigation, and security compliance. 

Prior to founding MPTech, during her 17 years in aerospace, Nancy spearheaded the turnaround or building of over 10 organizations.  She has extensive expertise and leadership in operational management particularly in the areas of large-scale system and embedded software development.  As Chief Engineer of Test Instrumentation, Nancy managed 150 engineers and support staff.

She holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State.








Michael Laine

Director, Space Technology Alliance

President of LiftPort Group. First established in 2003 the company quickly grew to 14 team members. LiftPort was internationally recognized for developing breakthrough technology in robotics, high-altitude research and nanotechnology, and for coordinating the efforts of over 60 university research projects on the Space Elevator.  NASA Administrator Bolden and Chief Technologist Braun specifically acknowledged LiftPort’s efforts in their National Research Council paper on the effectiveness of the original NIAC program.  Laine’s team – with the cooperation of the Federal Aviation Administration, US Navy and US Air Force – conducted eight high-altitude robotic missions.

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