The fall semester Brown Bag Seminar Series features graduate students providing presentations on their current research and recent internships. This series continues on Monday, November 30th (note change of day), featuring grad student Chris Hearsey presenting “Working in the Commercial Space Industry: Perspectives from a Bigelow Aerospace Corporate Counsel”. This is an addition to our normal schedule, as Chris will be on campus to defend his thesis.
This series of presentations will be held in the Space Studies Library at noon. Lunch will be served. All funded grad students are expected to attend.
About the topic: Since graduating from law school at the University of Mississippi, Chris serves as Corporate Counsel for Bigelow Aerospace. Bigelow Aerospace designs and develops inflatable and expandable habitats for outer space. Chris will speak about the company, his job, and the pending launch of its Bigelow Expandable Activities Module (BEAM) to the International Space Station later this year. Questions from students are welcome.
About the presenter: Christopher Hearsey serves as Corporate Counsel for Bigelow Aerospace, LLC in Washington, D.C. Prior to working at Bigelow Aerospace, Mr. Hearsey served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Programs and Special Projects for the Astrosociology Research Institute (ARI) from 2009 to 2013. Mr. Hearsey continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARI and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Astrosociology.
Mr. Hearsey holds a B.A. in Mathematical Economics and Political Science from Temple University, a M.S. in Justice, Law and Society from The American University, and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law specializing in Air and Space Law.
Mr. Hearsey has experience working at the United States Department of State, the United States Senate, and the National Air & Space Museum as a Graduate Fellow. He is active in the space policy and law circles and participated in the development of President Obama’s National Space Policy. In addition, he has consulted for the United States Department of State, The Boeing Company, and on several space-themed television programs. Mr. Hearsey is a member of several professional organizations including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of International Law, International Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Furthermore, Mr. Hearsey regularly publishes on space law and policy topics.