Jeanette Quinlan
Senior Program Manager, NASA & Civil Space

Jeanette Quinlan

Jeanette Quinlan is Director of Space Systems at Akash Systems, Inc, a Series A startup based in San Francisco.  At Akash she supports commercialization of a breakthrough composite material, gallium nitride (GaN)-on-Diamond which enables more efficient communication for the Space and Aerospace industry. Jeanette is also the founder of the Bay Area Women in Space and Aerospace, a speaker series featuring women in the industry.

Prior to Akash, Jeanette managed the US Operations of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator, connecting traditional aerospace prime contractors with startups. Before joining Starburst in 2016 she spent over 10 years as a Thermal Engineer in the satellite industry, including analysis, design, testing, and on-orbit monitoring of communications (e.g. DirecTV, Sirius/XM) and optical (e.g. Google Maps) satellites in Low Earth and Geosynchronous orbits. Jeanette has worked at OneWeb, Space Systems Loral (SSL, now Maxar), and ITT (now Harris). Jeanette has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.