Learn More About One of Our Foremost Visionary Entrepreneurs
We know Elon Musk as an inventor, innovator, engineer, and one of the smartest and most visionary entrepreneurs of modern times. He has founded or been in leadership positions in several companies, starting with the internet companies Zip2, X.com and PayPal, followed by Solar City, Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI, Neuralink and The Boring Company.
Jerry Black will briefly cover Elon Musk’s life and his many companies. However, the focus of the talk will be on SpaceX and the most audacious of Musk’s goals, to establish a human settlement on the Red Planet.
Jerry Black is a retired engineer who worked in the aerospace industry for over 40 years. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked as a Rocket Test Engineer at Bell Aerosystems Company from 1967 to 1968. One of the rocket engines that Jerry helped test was the engine for the ascent stage of the Apollo Lunar Module. Following this he worked for 39 years as a Staff Engineer at GE Aviation, where he worked on jet engine development.
Jerry’s interests include nuclear fusion power, aircraft and rocket propulsion, space travel and Mars exploration. Jerry was the chair of the Ohio chapter of the Mars Society from 2009 through 2017. He is a member of the Space Development Steering Committee, an advocacy group that works on space policy issues. Other activities include tutoring, contra dancing, bridge and chess.