The TAMER Team includes highly experienced individuals covering systems, technical, scientific, quality and creative skills across both Terrestrial Resources and Aerospace industries. Our mixture of skills is unique, and our focus is practical.
" Great Discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds."
Alexander Graham Bell
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Matt has over 25 years of terrestrial resources experience. This includes project management of major capital construction projects in excess of $1b in the mining and oil & gas industries globally. He has worked extensively in operations management across resources sectors as well as industrial manufacturing of construction materials.
After beginning his career in the field of education and training, Matt was formally trained in project management, including LEAN, TQM and Six Sigma, by Motorola while working at their R&D center in Sendai, Japan. These two early aspects have been fundamental in shaping his career.
First, being an educator has provided him a valuable understanding of the importance of good communication including both observation and listening. Second, the project management practices he learned are readily transferable to a wide variety of situations where problem solving, teamwork and leadership are required. Together, his realization that project management success is amplified by effective communication has led him to integrating a combination of these soft and technical skills into his approach to work ever since.
Matt has a passion for entrepreneurship, having successfully started and managed two companies prior to founding Tamer Space. Following his entry into the mining industry, first as a project manager then as a general manager of a contract mining company in Latin America, he started a mining equipment sales and consulting business in southern Africa. That business he built on his own from the ground up was Crushers International which represented well known North American brands of equipment such as Terex, FLSmidth, Lippmann, and Mack Trucks. In addition to selling and servicing those brands, the business also provided technical consulting on plant and mine design, process design, and production cost rationalization. Matt’s ability to effectively interface and onboard new technology into the mining industry first commenced through this experience.
The second business that Matt started and managed was a boutique project management and supply chain management consultancy based in Australia. He and his business partner ran this business for ten years focusing on providing strategic inputs to Tier 1 corporations in mining, oil & gas, engineering, industrial manufacturing, power generation, and power/water distribution.
Through servicing customers with a wide range of challenges, Matt has become adept at identifying opportunities for cross-leveraging technology and, importantly, figuring out how to apply and implement these technologies to result in sustainable cost and safety improvements.
Now with Tamer Space, Matt is leveraging this background knowledge and experience into building a unique brand that bridges aerospace and terrestrial resources through identifying and developing technology transfer opportunities for the betterment of terrestrial industry and mankind’s future in space.
Robert has over 30 years of experience in developing capabilities and technologies in the aerospace sector. Robert joined NASA in 1989 and immediately contributed to flight test teams developing hardware for Shuttle missions, starting with Atlantis, STS-37 in 1991.
He entered a NASA-sponsored graduate program and successfully obtained his masters and doctorate degrees from Stanford University. Robert holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering, a MS degree in Systems Engineering, a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, and PhD in Aeronautics & Astronautics.
From 1997 until 2003, he participated in a multi-national aeronautics program to solve and control unsteady aerodynamics on twin-tail fighters. Robert was awarded two international group achievement awards from the Subcommittee on Non-Atomic Military Research and Development (NAMRAD) Program and a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. Robert's research resulted in the redesign of the F-22 and the design of the Joint Strike Fighters.
In 2004, after leading the wing deployment wind-tunnel tests for the Mars ARES (Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Survey of Mars) Airplane, Robert joined the Exploration Engineering Branch and won several Agency-level bid proposal opportunities for In-Space Assembly and for Entry Decelerators. In 2007, he joined the Constellation Program's Flight Test Office based at Johnson Space Center to assist in the development of new rockets (Ares I-X) and crew systems for roundtrip missions to the International Space Station, the Moon and Mars.
After Constellation, Dr. Moses has focused his efforts on investigating new capabilities and developing new technologies for sustainable pioneering of Mars via blue-sky innovation workshops and leading and supporting innovation teams. Much of his work is published and patented. His current work focuses on defining surface construction requirements for the Moon and Mars that utilizes indigenous resources there.
He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a member of ASCE and a licensed builder in Virginia. Prior to joining NASA, Robert worked at Tenneco Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA during 1981-1989 as a structural analyst for the hull structures of submarines and aircraft carriers.
Robert owns Two Planet Species, LLC for public outreach on how to become a multiplanet species and serves as a consultant via Tamer Space for developing new terrestrial mining capabilities that build upon concepts developed for Space.
Robert also collaborates regularly with the Aldrin Space Institute to develop content for workshops and books.
Kirby Ikin has been involved in the space industry for more than 30 years and has done so as a space businessman, as a space entrepreneur, as an advocate for the space industry, and as a public advocate for space settlement and development.
He is Chairman of the Board of the National Space Society (headquartered in Washington DC) where he succeeded Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He was the Founder and Chairman of the Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce (now known as the Space Industry Association of Australia).
He has worked in various space businesses from attempts to establish a spaceport on the Australian territory of Christmas Island through to businesses developing satellite life extension capabilities. In 2012 he was one of the Co-Founders of Deep Space Industries, one of the original pioneering companies planning to harvest asteroid material for use in space.
For ten years he also ran one of the ten largest space insurance underwriting businesses in the world (GIO Space) – a business he took from a $2m per year line of business and built into a $175m per year standalone business.