|_ Susmita MOHANTY
Susmita Mohanty is the co-founder and CEO of Earth2Orbit [E2O], her third venture and India's first private space start-up. With E2O,
she dreams of leading India's foray into international space markets. She wants India to become a global player and capture a
significant chunk of the 170 billion dollar annual [commercial] space business.
In 2001, Susmita launched her first company MoonFront, an aerospace consulting firm in San Francisco [USA]. In 2004, she co-founded
LIQUIFER, an aerospace architecture and design firm in Vienna [Austria]. Before turning an entrepreneur, Susmita worked in business
development for the International Space Station program at Boeing in California. She also worked on Shuttle-Mir missions at NASA’s
Johnson Space Center in Houston. Since 1998, Susmita has worked with the Americans, Japanese, Europeans, Russians and Indians in
various capacities, as employee, consultant, contractor, entrepreneur and advisor.
A protégée of Arthur C. Clarke, the late science fiction writer and author of "2001: A Space Odyssey", Susmita was voted into
San Francisco's Hot 20 Under 40 [Class of 2004] by the city's leading glamour magazine. She has been variously called - THE MOON WALKER,
JOHN GLENN(OVICH), and PRODIGY - by the Press. In 2005, Susmita was honored on Capitol Hill [Washington DC] with the International
Achievement Award for promoting international cooperation through entrepreneurial space ventures. In 2012, Susmita was voted into
the Financial Times list of "25 Indians to Watch".
Educated in India, France and Sweden, Susmita holds multiple degrees. She has a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Gujarat
University and a Master's in Industrial Design from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad [India]. She has a Master's in
Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg [France] and a PhD in Aerospace Architecture from the
Chalmers University of Technology [Sweden].
In 2007, she was elected to the Paris-based International Academy of Astronautics [IAA] as one of its youngest members. She is also a
member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics [AIAA]. She is the Space Policy Fellow for Gateway House, a Mumbai
based foreign policy think tank. She has authored many technical papers, chaired sessions at international conferences and has been
invited as a lecturer, reviewer, coach, observer and multidisciplinary expert.