Dan Berkenstock is an entrepreneur and engineer from Chicago, IL who co-founded Skybox Imaging and currently serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer.
As Skybox, Dan leads the vision, implementation, and delivery of revolutionary information products & services derived from timely satellite imagery. Previously, Dan was the founding CEO. In this role he led the company from inception: raising $21M in equity financing from leading silicon valley venture capitalists, building the team to 50, obtaining US Government licensing to operate a private imaging satellite, and overseeing the design & successful critical design review of the company's first spacecraft, SkySat-1.
He is fascinated by scalable and novel data streams that revolutionize the ways that consumers, businesses, and governments make decisions in their day-to-day lives.
Dan is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University, where he also received his masters degree. Prior to co-founding Skybox, Dan researched optimal design methods for spacecraft in the Advanced Supercomputing Division of NASAâ€™s Ames Research Center. Dan has also worked as a counterproliferation analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, developing methods to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Dan has worked at several early stage startup companies and served as a cooperative education student for NASA at Johnson Space Center. At JSC, Dan was a certified scuba diver at NASAâ€™s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory where he assisted in training astronauts for extravehicular activities. Dan has supported two space shuttle missions as an assistant to the Assembly Checkout Office in Mission Control, performed computational analysis on the space shuttle, and supported T-38 trainer jet activities at Ellington Field.
Danâ€™s programming language of choice is C, his favorite CAD tool is Solidworks, and he wishes he had more time for camping.