Michael Snyder is a founder, board member, and serves as Chief Engineer for Made In Space. As Chief Engineer he is responsible for the execution of corporate technical strategies, creating technology roadmaps and plans, and developing industry and university research partners as well as leading the research and development efforts for the company. Snyder is responsible for the development of Made In Space’s wide technology portfolio of additive manufacturing and assembly methods for use in space. Under his technical leadership, Made In Space has be awarded the 2016 United States’ Small Business Administration’s Tibbetts’ Award and the Johnson Space Center’s 2017 Prime Contractor of the Year in the Small Business category.
His professional resume includes developmental work on multiple International Space Station payloads. He has designed or participated in the developmental testing and flight verification for fourteen payloads to the ISS (flown aboard the ULF5, ULF7, HTV-2, HTV-3, ATV-3, 45P, CRS-4, CRS-13, CRS-14, CRS-15, CRS OA-6, and CRS OA-9E, missions). His hardware has successfully operated during sixteen ISS increments. He has published over two dozen technical papers and presented concepts for advanced space and Earth systems to international audiences. Mr. Snyder holds six U.S. and one international patent. In 2015 he was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list. He currently also is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, Coral Gables.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Space Society and is on the Executive Committee as Assistant Secretary. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Chair of the Space Colonization Technical Committee. Mr. Snyder received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has been awarded The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s William Oxley Thompson Award for Early Career Achievement, the National Space Society Excellence Award in Projects for distinguished service to the Society, The E.G. Bailey Entrepreneurship Award from The Ohio State University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ames Research Center Space Flight Awareness Award for 3D Printing in ZeroG Experiment, and a NASA Group Achievement Award for 3D Printing in ZeroG Experiment, among others.
His motivation to help mankind explore and colonize space is accomplished through his daily work at Made In Space and from his public outreach and engagement activities.