Speaker: Dan Kreigh

Structural Engineer @ScaledComposites, built the unique "feather" mechanism of SpaceShipOne

Dan Kreigh was the lead structural analyst for SpaceShipOne. Dan made sure that the SpaceShipOne structure was strong enough to withstand expected flight, pressure and landing loads yet light enough to make it to space. SpaceShipOne won the $10million Ansari X-prize for being the first privately built manned reusable spaceship to fly to space twice in two weeks. SpaceShipOne was designed by legendary aerospace engineer Burt Rutan. Scaled Composites, that built SpaceShipOne, was founded by Burt Rutan in 1982. Dan Kreigh has been working with Scaled Composites for almost 30 years. Dan has probably structurally analysed more different types of FLYING aircraft (14+) than any other analyst due to Scaled Composites' amazing record of producing one new type of flying aircraft every year on average. One of Dan's most recent structures is the cabin for the world's largest wingspan (385') airplane, "Stratolaunch" being presently finished in Mojave, CA.

Dan also owns and flies a Burt Rutan designed Long-EZ home built airplane. Dan is an avid model airplane enthusiast having designed and sold over 8,000 kits of the popular IFO park flyer design. Dan's current project is his own-design, two-place, 180 mph, low cost, "flying car" or "roadable airplane" that can DRIVE to the store, FIT inside an average one car garage (16.5' long) and can fly over 1,000 miles nonstop.

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Proposed Tracks

  • Machine Learning without a PhD

    AI/ML is more approachable than ever. Discover how deep learning and ML is being used in practice. Topics include: TensorFlow, TPUs, Keras, PyTorch & more. No PhD required.

  • Production Readiness: Building Resilient Systems

    Making systems resilient involves people and tech. Learn about strategies being used from chaos testing to distributed systems clustering.

  • Building Predictive Data Pipelines

    From personalized news feeds to engaging experiences that forecast demand: learn how innovators are building predictive systems in modern application development.

  • Modern Languages: The Right Language for the Job

    We're polyglot developers. Learn languages that excel at very specific tasks and remove undifferentiated heavy lifting at the language level.

  • Delivering on the Promise of Containers

    Runtime containers, libraries and services that power microservices.

  • Evolving Java & the JVM

    6 month cadence, cloud-native deployments, scale, Graal, Kotlin, and beyond. Learn how the role of Java and the JVM is evolving.

  • Trust, Safety & Security

    Privacy, confidentiality, safety and security: learning from the frontlines.

  • Beyond the Web: What’s Next for JavaScript

    JavaScript is the language of the web. Latest practices for JavaScript development in and out of the browser topics: react, serverless, npm, performance, & less traditional interfaces.

  • Modern Operating Systems

    Applied, practical & real-world deep-dive into industry adoption of OS, containers and virtualization, including Linux on.

  • Optimizing You: Human Skills for Individuals

    Better teams start with a better self. Learn practical skills for IC.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    Thoughts pushing software forward, including consensus, CRDT's, formal methods & probabilistic programming.

  • Human Systems: Hacking the Org

    Power of leadership, Engineering Metrics and strategies for shaping the org for velocity.

  • Building High-Performing Teams

    Building, maintaining, and growing a team balanced for skills and aptitudes. Constraint theory, systems thinking, lean, hiring/firing and performance improvement

  • Software Defined Infrastructure: Kubernetes, Service Meshes & Beyond

    Deploying, scaling and managing your services is undifferentiated heavy lifting. Hear stories, learn techniques and dive deep into what it means to code your infrastructure.

  • Practices of DevOps & Lean Thinking

    Practical approaches using DevOps and a lean approach to delivering software.

  • Operationalizing Microservices: Design, Deliver, Operate

    What's the last mile for deploying your service? Learn techniques from the world's most innovative shops on managing and operating Microservices at scale.

  • Developer Experience: Level up your Engineering Effectiveness

    Improving the end to end developer experience - design, dev, test, deploy and operate/understand.

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Next-gen architectures from the most admired companies in software, such as Netflix, Google, Facebook, Twitter, & more

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