Mr. John Anderson

Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering and Program Management at Blue Origin


Blue Origin’s motto for what drive’s its business – the presentation will cover what Blue Origin is all about, and how they are building the road to space through radically reducing the cost of access to space, to allow harnessing of its vast resources and to inspire and mobilize future generations.  The talk will describe how Blue Origin is using its investments in New Shepard’s sub-orbital launch system to refine re-usable system designs, New Glenn to access earth orbit and beyond, our engine programs that power our and other vehicles, and out Lunar Permanence efforts leading to a permanent habitation on the lunar surface.  The talk will also explore the Systems Engineering challenges associated with “New Space” development activities.


Mr.  Anderson currently is employed as a Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering and Program Management at Blue Origin in Kent, WA and is building the road to space by perfecting the design and operation of reusable launch vehicles and engines.  His 35 years of professional engineering experience have been in the aerospace industry. John started his career as a commissioned US Air Force officer assigned to the Air Force Space & Missile Command, where he led an effort to train Blue-Suit satellite control officers to stand-up Air Force control of DoD space assets. Upon his departure from the Air Force, he worked four years with Naval Space Command as a Civil Servant in standing up satellite operations and control facilities.  Following this, he joined Motorola SATCOM, where he served as the Iridium Satellite Program’s Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) Team Lead.  John then worked for over two decades at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson AZ serving in various technical leadership roles including Chief Technologist for Applied Systems Engineering and Chief Engineer of several missile defense and proprietary programs.

Mr. Anderson has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering since 2009, and teaches courses in their master’s degree program in Systems Engineering.

Dr. Terry Bahill

Emeritus Professor
The University of Arizona


Terry Bahill is an Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He served nine years in the United States Navy and resigned as a Lieutenant. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of eight engineering books and over two hundred and fifty papers, over one hundred of them in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Bahill has worked with dozens of high-technology companies. He presented seminars on Systems Engineering, worked on system development teams, and helped them describe their Systems Engineering processes. He holds a U.S. patent for the Bat Chooser™, a system that computes the Ideal Bat Weight™ for individual baseball and softball batters. He was elected to the Omega Alpha Association, the systems engineering honor society. He received the Sandia National Laboratories Gold President’s Quality Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of Raytheon Missile Systems, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the INCOSE Fellows Committee.