2023 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michelle Parker

Dr. Michelle Parker is vice president and deputy general manager for the Space and Launch division withing Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). She is responsible for driving business integration, leading operations, and assisting with strategic direction across the Space and Launch portfolio.


Sherrexcia “Rexy” Rolle is vice president of operations and general counsel for Western Air, the largest privately owned airline in the Bahamas. Rexy’s parents, Rex and Shandrice Rolle, founded the airline in 2001.

Sherrexcia Rolle
Col. Merryl Tengesdal

Col. Merryl Tengesdal, USAF (Ret.) is the first and only Black woman to pilot the Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft, considered one of the most difficult aircraft in the world to fly. She is one of only 10 women of the 1,100 pilots to fly the aircraft in its 67-year history of service, and one of the few Black female pilots to earn the rank of O6 in the U.S. military.

Huy Kim Tram is the director of aeronautics as the NASA Ames Research Center providing technical and management oversight of air traffic management, airspace simulation and operations, autonomous systems, computational fluid dynamics analysis, vertical flight vehicle technology, experimental fluid mechanics, and wind tunnel operations research disciplines. Huy manages an over $200-million annual budget and more than 500 civil servants and contractor staff, along with 10 aeronautics projects.

Huy Kim Tram
Dr. Susan Ying SM

Dr. Susan Ying is senior vice president of global operations for Ampaire. Headquartered in Hawthorne, California, Ampaire is pursuing fundamental research and development on hybrid-electric aircraft. Ampaire’s ECO Caravan, a nine-seat regional aircraft, successfully made its first flight on November 18, 2022, on a fully-integrated hybrid-electric propulsion system with plans to be enter commercial service in 2024.