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Ryan Nugent
Co-Principal Investigator & Director, Cal Poly CubeSat Lab, California Polytechnic State University

Ryan Nugent is currently a Co-Principal Investigator and Director of the Cal Poly CubeSat Lab at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which helped create and currently managed the CubeSat Design Specification (CDS). Ryan has spent 14 years with the program, starting as an undergraduate student and continuing as a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering. Ryan took a staff position at Cal Poly in 2011 and in 2021 took over as Director with the program. He has lead development efforts for Cal Poly dispenser designs, developing the processes required to support NASA, The U.S. Department of Defense, European Space Agency, and Commercial Organizations in certifying CubeSats, CubeSat components and CubeSat dispensers for domestic and international launches. Overall, Ryan has supported 23 orbital launches in the U.S. and internationally involving over 160 satellites, including the MarCO CubeSats.

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