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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Tracks

  • Building & Scaling High-Performing Teams

    To have a high-performing team, everybody on it has to feel and act like an owner. Organizational health and psychological safety are foundational underpinnings to support ownership.

  • Evolving the JVM

    The JVM continues to evolve. We’ll look at how things are evolving. Covering Kotlin, Clojure, Java, OpenJDK, and Graal. Expect polyglot, multi-VM, performance, and more.

  • Trust, Safety & Security

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

  • JavaScript & Transpiler/WebAssembly Track

    JavaScript is the language of the web. Latest practices for JavaScript development in and how transpilers are affecting the way we work. We’ll also look at the work being done with WebAssembly.

  • Living on the Edge: The World of Edge Compute From Device to Application Edge

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

  • Software Supply Chain

    Securing the container image supply chain (containers + orchestration + security + DevOps).

  • Modern CS in the Real World

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

  • Tech Ethics: The Intersection of Human Welfare & STEM

    What does it mean to be ethical in software? Hear how the discussion is evolving and what is being said in ethics.

  • Optimizing Yourself: Human Skills for Individuals

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

  • Modern Data Architectures

    Today’s systems move huge volumes of data. Hear how places like LinkedIn, Facebook, Uber and more built their systems and learn from their mistakes.

  • Practices of DevOps & Lean Thinking

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

  • Microservices Patterns & Practices

    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.

  • Bare Knuckle Performance

    Killing latency and getting the most out of your hardware

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

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

  • Machine Learning for Developers

    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.

  • Regulation, Risk and Compliance

    With so much uncertainty, how do you bulkhead your organization and technology choices? Learn strategies for dealing with uncertainty.

  • Languages of Infrastructure

    This track explores languages being used to code the infrastructure. Expect practices on toolkits and languages like Cloudformation, Terraform, Python, Go, Rust, Erlang.