Board of Directors
Mach 30’s strength comes from the diversity of its Board and volunteers. Please read on to learn about the strengths and talents our Board members bring to Mach 30.
Minutes from meetings of the Board of Directors can be found here.
J. Simmons is the founder of Mach 30. As a Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute Fellow, J. spends his days studying Space Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and his nights leading a revolution in space systems development. J.’s vision for Mach 30 combines his years working and volunteering for non-profits and his experiences using open source software tools in small business.
Before attending AFIT, J. worked as the Technical Coordinator for Oxford University Press’s US website where he learned the importance of open standards in promoting rapid growth in industry. After moving to Blacksburg, VA, to study Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech, J. spent three years as a member of the facilitation team at Shadowlake Village. During that time, J. developed his skills in helping diverse groups come to consensus and found that creative solutions become possible when all options are considered. In addition to his work at AFIT, J. serves as a Senior Application Engineer at Phoenix Integration, working with Phoenix Integration customers to develop automation and integration solutions for their engineering design and analysis.
J. holds a MS in Space Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BFA in Theatre Lighting Design and Technology from Florida State University, where he also studied as a Computer Science major, and will complete his PhD in Space Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Summer, 2014.
Greg Moran grew up in Plano, TX and earned his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. While there, Greg was a member of the Corps of Cadets Squadron 12 and Air Force ROTC earning his commissioning as a 2nd lieutenant after graduation in 2005. His first assignment was at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton OH where he did work on a diverse array of programs including airborne signals intelligence sensors, US coalition vehicle checkpoint improvements, and space sensor experiments. He also took classes at the Air Force Institute of Technology to earn a Graduate Certificate of Space Systems. Throughout his educational and Air Force careers, Greg had sought out design teams with a rapid reaction mission where he gets to practice concept prototyping and streamlined product acquisitions. Previous projects include 100% original sounding rocket designs for Boeing, producing vehicle checkpoint kits with collapsible barrier systems, and responsive space satellite research & experiments. Greg spends the rest of his time enjoying hobbies like flying, snowboarding, rock climbing, racquetball, camping, kayaking, reading, playing piano/drums and hanging out with friends and family.
Rebekah has expressed herself through art since she was old enough to hold a crayon. She grew up near Tyler, TX and moved to Bristol, VA/TN just before the turn of the millennium. She holds an Associates degree in Graphic Design from Virginia Intermont College as well as a BA in Fine Art (painting and digital media) from Emory & Henry College.
She is a Design Professional with over five years of experience in Publishing and Advertising, as well as extensive freelance/contract Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration and Fine Art experience. She has also produced a considerable amount of work for various Internal and External Marketing and Communications projects. She enjoys using her talents to support undertakings she believes in – both for their own merits and to be a part of something that can change society for the better.
In her free time Rebekah enjoys Yoga, gardening, reading, playing card and board games with friends and family and spending time with her husband, Andrew, her parrot, and their three dogs.
Jeremy Wright is the founder and president of Innovations Technology Solutions, a company focusing on open source consulting, training and software development. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Jeremy has spent the majority of his career bridging the mechanical and software sides of projects in industries such as aluminum die cast, injection molding, and roll slitting and rewinding. He is a strong believer in the free exchange of ideas, which led him into the open source realm. Through his experience in using open source technologies to serve customers’ needs, Jeremy has become a firm believer in the potential of adopting the open source mindset with not only technology, but knowledge as well.
In Mach 30, Jeremy has found an outstanding outlet for his drive to contribute to a positive and expansive future for humanity, and is excited to collaborate with talented individuals from around the world who are drawn to Mach 30 by that same drive.
Jeremy’s work with Mach 30 has him most often working through projects on Open Design Engine, and he is always looking for new recruits to join him in helping to further Mach 30’s mission.