Burke Fort - Director of the Colorado School of Mines 8th Continent Project
Burke Fort is the Director of the Colorado School of Mines 8th Continent Project, bringing to the initiative over 30 years of experience in university aerospace research, technology development, public policy, STEM education and aerospace public outreach. His background represents a hybrid of public and private sector experience, combined with business, law and academic research that defines a true "Space 2.0" career path.
Fort is also the Executive Director of the Foundation for Space Exploration (FSX), a philanthropic foundation dedicated to "weaving space into the fabric of everyday life on Earth." He has served as Program Manager for Planning and Development in the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin, and as Special Projects Manager of the Texas Space Grant Consortium, where he directed education programs in microgravity research, Mars mission planning and design, NASA customer engagement, remote sensing and space policy.
Fort is a member of the Colorado Governor's Small Business Council and represents the Colorado School of Mines in the Colorado Space Coalition. He is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. Prior to his aerospace career, Fort was an environmental litigation attorney in the Austin, Texas office of the Fulbright & Jaworski law firm.