Nicholas Skytland is a NASA engineer, designer, entrepreneur, and advocate for NASA’s Open Government Initiative. He has a passion for engaging all generations in the adventure of space exploration and is continually working to help NASA embrace new technologies, increase public participation and innovate on how the Agency does business. Combining elements of space exploration, science, technology, visual art and storytelling, Skytland is well known for many of his presentations promoting NASA, the human space program, participatory exploration and the Open Government initiative. Skytland has worked at NASA for 10 years, most recently as a project manager in NASA’s Human Research Program, planning future exploration missions, designing the next generation space suits, and developing an open-source computational model to simulate human response to spaceflight. He previously worked in the Strategic Partnerships Office encouraging new partnerships and collaboration with industry, academia and other governments. He has also worked at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory training astronauts for future spaceflight missions. Skytland holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree from the International Space University in Space Studies and a MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.