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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Keynote: How to Make a Spaceship

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Tracks

  • 21st Century Languages

    Compile to Native, Microservices, Machine learning... tailor-made languages solving modern challenges, featuring use cases around Go, Rust, C#, and Elm.

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Architectural practices from the world's most well-known properties, featuring startups, massive scale, evolving architectures, and software tools used by nearly all of us.

  • Beyond Being an Individual Contributor

    Beyond being an individual contributor. Building and Evolving managers and tech leadership.

  • DevOps: You Build It, You Run It

    Pushing DevOps beyond adoption into cultural change. Hear about designing resilience, managing alerting, CI/CD lessons, & security. Features lessons from open source, Linkedin, Netflix, Financial Times, & more. 

  • Performance Mythbusting

    Real world, applied performance proofs across stacks. Hear performance consideratiosn for .NET, Python, & Java. Learn performance use cases with OpenJ9, Instagram, and Netflix. 

  • The Practice & Frontiers of AI

    Learn about machine learning in practice and on the horizon. Learn about ML at Quora, Uber's Michelangelo, ML workflow with Netflix Meson and topics on Bots, Conversational interfaces, automation, and deployment practices in the space.

  • Going Serverless

    Learn about the state of Serverless & how to successfully leverage it! Lessons learned in the track hit on security, scalability, IoT, and offer warnings to watch out for.

  • Microservices: Patterns and Practices

    Stories of success and failure building modern Microservices, including event sourcing, reactive, decomposition, & more.

  • Evolving Java

    Java continues to evolve & change. Track covers Spring 5, async, Kotlin, serverless, the 6-month cadence plans, & AI/ML use cases.

  • The Art of Chaos Engineering

    Failure is going to happen - Are you ready? Chaos engineering is an emerging discipline - What is the state of the art?

  • Security: Attacking and Defending

    Offense and defensive security evolution that application developers should know about including SGX Enclaves, effects of AI, software exploitation techniques, & crowd defense

  • Stream Processing In The Modern Age

    Compelling applications of stream processing using Flink, Beam, Spark, Strymon & recent advances in the field, including Custom Windowing, Stateful Streaming, SQL over Streams.