Adam Steltzner

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An aspiring rock star turned Ph.D. rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is praised as a cutting-edge innovator and a leader. Adam serves as Chief Engineer of the Mars 2020 Mission & Rover Perseverance. Steltzner and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory team of 6,000+ were forced to operate remotely due to the pandemic. After a 6-month journey through space, history was made when the Rover Perseverance landed on the Martian surface. 

Steltzner has mastered the art of managing complex teams and the concept of “making ideas reality.” He knows first-hand how collaborative cultures foster innovation and how team-minded engagement fuels performance. And he inspires audiences to dare greatly – to embrace the power of curiosity, creativity, and courage to do what others say is impossible.