Lt. Sean Arndt is a Firefighter with the Georgetown Fire Department. He has also been with the Coast Guard Reserves as a Chief-Retired for 26 years, the Victoria Fire Department as a Firefighter, and the Missouri Army National Guard. Arndt started his Water Training in Cape May New Jersey in 1992 in Coast Guard Boot Camp, as a Ship Board Rescue swimmer, and has dedicated his life to various water search and rescue disciplines with the Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard. He has performed thousands of rescues in the oceans, lakes, and rivers in the United States and abroad. Arndt has also developed, designed, and implemented various training programs in the civilian, city, state and Federal Governments with safety and risk assessment being of highest priority. His certifications include Swift water Instructor, Swift water technician, Fire Fighter Advanced, Fire Officer 1&2, Hazmat Technician, CPR and First Aid Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Instructor 1, Tactical Combat Causality Care, and Self Defense Instructor for Emergency Service Personal. Former Coast Guard certifications include, Ship Board Rescue Swimmer, Surface Rescue Swimmer, Surf Rescue swimmer, Boat Search and Rescue Coxswain, Tactical Boat Coxswain, Boat Search and Rescue Crewman, tactical boat crewman, Federal Maritime Law Enforcement Instructor, Federal Maritime Law enforcement Officer, Tactical Medic, Close Quarters Combat Instructor, Close Quarters Combat Operator, Mechanical, Thermal Ballistic Breaching Instructor, Training Officer, IONSCAN Instructor, and Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor.
spacesuit & helmet training
Livingston Holder, Jr. is a former astronaut, and has held many senior positions and is well known in the aerospace industry to commercial companies, NASA, NRO, DARPA, USAF and various arms of the Department of Defense and National Security Space community. Early after he graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, He was recognized and decorated for his depth of knowledge and decision-making excellence in his role as a Titan III Launch Officer at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He accepted many challenging and classified assignments, including his selection as a Manned Spaceflight Engineer, which earned him an assignment to fly as a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle prior to the Challenger accident. In 2002, He joined Andrews Space as Vice President Space Systems, where he was responsible for the company's space system design, development, and new business activities. He led the company to its first DoD contracts on the FALCON program, a joint DARPA/USAF effort. In 2004, He co-founded Holder Aerospace where he has served a range of clients supporting various civil, NASA and DoD aerospace needs. He holds a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, and an M.S. in Systems Management from University of Southern California.
Spaceflight & Neutral-Buoyancy Training
Nicole Stott has held a variety of positions associated with the Space Shuttle Program including Shuttle Flow Director for Endeavour, Orbiter Project Engineer for Columbia, NASA Convoy Commander for space shuttle landings and Vehicle Operations Engineer, preparing space shuttles for their next mission. In 1998, she transitioned to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to work as a Flight Simulation Engineer on the Shuttle Training Aircraft, helping train astronaut pilots to land the space shuttle. She was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000. She held numerous assignments, including as a crew member on the undersea NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 9 mission, for which Stott still holds the women’s world record for the longest saturation dive of 18 days, before being assigned to her first spaceflight mission. In 2009, Stott flew aboard space shuttle Discovery STS-128 to the space station for a long-duration mission. As part of her 91 days supporting scientific research in space, Stott conducted a nearly seven-hour-long spacewalk and she also guided the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm for the first track and capture of a visiting cargo vehicle. At the completion of her mission, returning on the space shuttle Atlantis, she was the last station crew member to return to Earth via a space shuttle. She flew again in 2011, as a mission specialist on STS-133, the 39th and final mission for space shuttle Discovery. During the 13-day flight, the crew delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), completing the U.S. assembly portion of the ISS. Stott returned to Kennedy for a one-year assignment as the Astronaut Office representative to the Commercial Crew Program and the team responsible for selecting contractors to build our next U.S. human-rated spacecraft. In her most recent assignment at Johnson, Stott served as Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office in the Astronaut Office/Flight Operations Directorate. Nicole is now retired from NASA and is pursuing her next adventure as an artist and SciArt education advocate. Seeing the Earth from space, Nicole had an epiphany. In awe of the overwhelming beauty of our home planet, she knew that she would dedicate the rest of her life to sharing that experience with others. She believes that sharing this perspective has the power to increase everyone's appreciation of and obligation to care for our home planet and each other.
Evelyn Miralles serves as Principal Engineer and lead VR innovator for the Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRLab), an astronaut training facility at NASA Johnson Space Center. The VRLab was established in the 1990s and has been an integral part of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS) programs. Evelyn has worked at NASA for over 20 years as part of the ISS support team for Extra Vehicular Activities or Spacewalks and Robotics operations. She has been recognized with multiple awards, including the prestigious NASA Flight Safety Award in 2012, given exclusively by the Astronaut Crew Office, and the Outstanding Employee Performance Award from her direct employer, CACI International, a prime contractor in aerospace and defense systems. Evelyn also was mentioned for her contribution as a software developer in “Wings on Orbit,” a book about the Space Shuttle program scientific and engineering legacy.
Evelyn’s work has garnered awards for virtual reality software developed for the VRLab. She earned recognition with the Outstanding Flight Software award for co-writing the state-of-the-art “Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics” (DOUG), a flight software system that has been used to train astronauts for every space shuttle and ISS mission since 2000. DOUG has been distributed to all NASA centers and other institutions around the world supporting international space partners. Evelyn is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Award for Innovation for her work on the Engineering DOUG Graphics for Exploration software (EDGE), which has been delivered to US universities, including research facilities.
Recently, Evelyn was nominated for the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston at Clear Lake Texas for her volunteer contributions in the community and her work in space exploration advancement. She also serves as the EVA Technical Chair member for the American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Houston Chapter. Evelyn participates in many outreach events, including science fairs and lectures, to inspire students to enroll in STEM careers. She holds two Bachelor degrees in computer science and computer graphics, as well as a Master of Business Administration in Management of Technology.
Dan Barnhart grew up in the Texas Hill Country and is a graduate of The University of Texas San Antonio with a BBA in General Business. He has served honorably in the US Military for over twelve years. Having served in the Middle East as the Brigade Engineer for the 89th MPs he oversaw the rebuilding of large scale military and civil projects. After returning home he transferred to domestic operations in order to hone his skills serving the people of Texas in an emergency response capacity for the last six years. Specializing in CBRNE response to include being fully trained to coordinate military and civil assets in the event of a large scale man made or natural disaster. With over 17 years in the business community he has proven himself to be an accomplished asset as an entrepreneur, by applying lessons learned on the battlefield to the business world.
Matthew Gast is a former NASA Astronaut Program Lead at NASA's Johnson Space Center where he assisted astronauts through the entire process, from the training pool until astronauts were actually working in space. A lot of effort went into a spacewalk, from astronaut's first spacewalk training, to writing the job descriptions for what they will do in space, to monitoring the work as it's completed. Gast worked in the Mission Operations Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston where he was responsible for training astronaut crews underwater, both generic and mission-specific training, and then executing those missions within Mission Control. Within mission operations, he worked in the EVA, extravehicular activities office. EVA is the term used by NASA to refer to spacewalks.
Tom Henricks began his four decades in aerospace as a fighter test pilot in the U.S. Air Force before being selected by NASA to become an astronaut. He received worldwide recognition on four Space Shuttle missions and commanded two of those flights. STS-44 Atlantis launched the night of November 24, 1991. STS-55, the German D-2 Spacelab mission, was launched on April 26, 1993, aboard Columbia, and landed 10-days later on May 6, 1993, at Edwards AFB California. STS-70 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on July 13, 1995, and returned there July 22, 1995. STS-78 launched June 20, 1996 and landed July 7, 1996 becoming the longest Space Shuttle mission to date. As a Management Astronaut, he was responsible for annual operating expenditures in excess of $500M. After leaving NASA, Tom has held a series of senior level positions in the aviation industry. He was the number two executive in Bell Helicopter Textron's government business unit with 1500 employees and was responsible for revenue growth of the $1 billion segment leading the team that won the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Program. He then served as President of Aviation Week, a McGraw-Hill company, where he transformed the leading B2B aerospace and defense information and media business.