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Mentors And Experts

Creating revolutionary technology is no easy feat—even the brightest minds need a helping hand. That’s why we partnered with the world’s leading experts in aviation and business to help GoFly Prize innovators along the way, including specialists in aircraft design, systems engineering, fabrication and testing, and finance and funding.


Experts engaged with innovators and shared their insights in two different ways, as Mentors or Masters. Mentors worked directly with innovators in their respective areas of expertise, providing tailored advice on projects and progress. Masters hosted online lectures, offering teams around the world opportunities for learning and discussion.

Meet the Masters

Dan Newman


Ashish Bagai


Jon Beatty

Flight Safety Foundation

Dr. Paul Bevilaqua

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works

Mark Bezos

DemoMode Marketing

Akif Bolukbasi


Greg Bowles

General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Pete Buck

Lockheed Martin

Aditi Chattopadhyay

(AIMS) Center

Dr. Inderjit Chopra

University of Maryland

Pat Collins

British Ministry of Defence

Roger Connor

Smithsonian Institution

Jeremy Conrad


Blanche Demaret


Matt Desch

Iridium Satellite

Carl Dietrich


Fernando Dones


Johnny T. Doo

International Vehicle Research, Inc.

Richard Golaszewski

GRA, Incorporated

Avrum Goldman

Pratt & Whitney

Dr. Irene M. Gregory


Helen Greiner

CyPhy Works

Tess Hatch

Bessemer Venture Partners

Mike Hirschberg

Vertical Flight Society

Lori S. Hoberman

Hoberman Law Group

Emily Howard


Geoff Hunt

Pratt & Whitney

Dr. Greg Hyslop


Colonel John W. Jones

US Army Redstone Test Center

Bruce Kay

Sikorsky Aircraft

Dr. Bruce D. Kothmann

University of Pennsylvania

Vijay Kumar

University of Pennsylvania

Peter Kunz


Dr. John S. Langford

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Earl Lawrence

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Dr. William D. Lewis

U.S. Army

Kristin Little


Raja Maharajh

Pratt & Whitney

Jim Murray

PJT Partners

Dr. Douglas Nark

NASA Langley Research Center

David Neely


Joe Nickerson

Boeing Vertical Lift

Frank Occhiuti

Occhiuti & Rohlicek LLP

Bob Parks

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Darryll J. Pines

Clark School of Engineering

Christina Polaski

Pratt & Whitney

Boris Popov

BRS Aerospace Inc.

Will Porteous

RRE Ventures

Dr. Daniel P. Raymer

Conceptual Research Corporation

Dr. Stephen Rizzi

NASA Langley Research Center

Dr. Kenneth M. Rosen

General Aero-Science Consultants, LLC

Suna Said

Nima Capital

Brian Schettler


Marc Sheffler

American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

Dr. Jaiwon Shin


Dr. Arvind Sinha

Australian Department of Defence

Dr. Marilyn Smith

Georgia Institute of Technology

Royce Snider

Bell Organization Designation Authorization

Dr. Patricia Stevens

Boeing Phantom Works

Tony Tether

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Chris Van Buiten

Sikorsky Aircraft

Dr. Steven H. Walker

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. James Wang

Leonardo Helicopters

Dan Wolf

Cape Air

Tom Wood

Bell Helicopter

Mourad Yesayan

Paladin Capital Group

Mark Yim

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rafi Yoeli

Urban Aeronautics Ltd.

Dr. Nikolas Zawodny

NASA Langley Research Center

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