At AstroForge, our mission is to make space resources accessible on Earth.

We mine asteroids to extract valuable minerals in space at a lower cost and smaller carbon footprint than the current terrestrial mining methods.

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Join our team in Huntington Beach, CA to help unlock the near-limitless resources in space. We are seeking top candidates to be a part of an exciting company looking to expand humanity’s capabilities in space.

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Team

Our team has decades of experience solving some of
the most complex problems and bringing to life
iconic programs in the aerospace industry.

Matt Gialich
Matt Gialich
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Matt Gialich
Co-Founder

Matt is an experienced engineering leader with over a decade of leading high-performing engineering teams. At Virgin Orbit, he was responsible for building and hiring all aspects of Avionics and led the flight software and GNC teams during his tenure. After Virgin, he joined Bird scooters as their Director of Vehicle Software and led that team through the development of the Bird 2 and 3 vehicles.

Jose Acain
Jose Acain
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Jose Acain
Co-Founder

Jose has over 8 years of aerospace experience working on numerous missions from initial design to on-orbit operations. At SpaceX, he was the deputy Chief Engineer on the first Falcon 9 vehicle and lead Avionics Integration Engineer and Mission Operator on the first 4 Dragon Spacecraft vehicles to fly in space. At NASA he designed, integrated, tested, and operated micro-lab satellites, participated in initial mechanical design trades for TESS and landing control for future lunar lander missions.

Roshan Benefo
Roshan Benefo
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Roshan Benefo
GNC Engineer

Roshan is a GNC Engineer at AstroForge. He has a Masters degree in robotics engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked across the robotics autonomy stack, covering UAV and autonomous vehicle controls, perception, planning, and localization. At school, Roshan led an SAE aircraft design team and served as a GNC engineer for the NASA L’Space mission design student program. Prior to joining AstroForge, Roshan worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company, where his work included a 6 month project consulting for a large aerospace and defense company.

Lindsey Baird
Lindsey Baird
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Lindsey Baird
Operations Specialist

Lindsey is the operations specialist at AstroForge. She has a Master’s degree in psychology and spent many years serving students and administrators in educational settings. From an early age she was fascinated by space and hoped to one day be involved in some way. When the opportunity to transition into aerospace presented itself, the choice was easy. She feels very honored to be a part of the early team at AstroForge and is excited to see their vision become a reality.

Michael Sheppard III
Michael Sheppard III
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Michael Sheppard III
Engineer

Michael has over four years of experience designing and deploying full stack web applications in both the commercial and research space. At Ex Scientia, Michael led the software and machine learning teams to engineer an underwater, autonomous vehicle capable of waypoint navigation, station keeping, and boat identification. As an aerospace engineer, he drives processes of design, development, test & integration, and deployment for AstroForge’s Mission-1 payload.

Colin Helms
Colin Helms
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Colin Helms
Principal Engineer

Colin is an experienced Systems Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the Satellite and Launch industry. He is a strong engineering professional who is skilled with Launch Vehicles, Satellites, Propulsion, Space Missions, Operations, Program Management, Software Development, Communications Systems, and Ground Systems. He earned his B.S in Physics in 1977 at the Fla. Inst. of Technology. He serves as Technical Committee chairman in AIAA Region VI Orange County Section.

Dr. Allan Chen
Dr. Allan Chen
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Dr. Allan Chen
Head of Sciences

Dr. Allan Chen is the head of science at AstroForge Inc. and leads the R&D of material extraction and separation techniques.

Allan obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley with emphasis in heat transfer, plasma physics, and nuclear engineering.  Previously, he has worked in reputable institutions such as Sandia National Laboratories and UC Berkeley, as well as private companies focused on fusion and neutron production.  As a graduate student researcher, he developed various novel ultra-compact radiation generators and RF plasma sources.  He contributed to the design and development of a high-flux neutron generator at Berkeley, which has been commissioned as a user-facility for researchers around the world.  After graduation, Allan was the lead designer in the development of various compact and high yield neutron generators and their sub-components at Adelphi Technology Inc for many years, Allan has helped mature the technology of high-power solid-state amplifiers for plasma production, and ion source drivers.  Additionally, Allan has participated in and contributed to various fusion science experiments at Alpha Ring.  He has developed various diagnostics for probing the fusion products of both neutronic and aneutronic fusion.

Allan has three young kids and loves to work with them on cool science experiments in his free time.