The Founders

Anita Gale is a long-time veteran in the aerospace industry and is currently employed at The Boeing Company, as a payload/cargo integration engineer for reusable spacecraft in Houston, Texas. Dick Edwards was a long-time veteran in the aerospace industry and employed at The Boeing Company, as a systems integration engineer for the Space Shuttle program in Houston, Texas. Rob Kolstad has long-term interests in leadership activities. He is a computer scientist, consultant, and manager by trade in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In addition to Space Settlement Design Competitions, Anita contributes time and energy to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Colonization Technical Committee, and to the California State Science Fair. Anita is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Society (NSS). Rob volunteers as a coach and judge for international computer programming competitions, and conducts a Regional Science Fair in Colorado.

The Design Competition family suffered a huge loss on June 3, 2009, when Co-Founder Dick Edwards passed away suddenly due to a stroke. He was at the helm of his J24 sailboat, close to the front of the fleet in a Wednesday Night Sailboat Race on Clear Lake, near his home in Nassau Bay, Texas. At age 75, he was still productively working as an engineer on the Space Shuttle program just a few hours before his death. Anita scattered his ashes at one of his favorite places in the Grand Canyon.

Competition Co-Founder Anita Gale (front row, center) has a long history with space settlement concepts. In this 1978 photo, the gentleman 2nd from left in the front row (next to Anita) is Dr. Gerard O'Neill, who led the first serious development of a space settlement design in the 1975 NASA Summer Study at Stanford University.