Tim Ellis (engineer)
Tim Ellis (engineer)
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Tim Ellis (engineer) is an American aerospace engineer and the co-founder and CEO of Relativity Space.
Early life and education
Ellis started college at the University of Southern California, where he planned to study screenwriting or fiction writing as part of USC’s Thematic Option program. However, during his freshman orientation he switched his major to aerospace engineering. Ellis and Relativity's other co-founder and CTO, Jordan Noone, both held leadership positions at USC's Rocket Propulsion Lab. With the Rocket Propulsion Lab, Ellis and Noone helped launch the first student-designed and built rocket into space.
While at the University of Southern California, Ellis had three consecutive internship with Blue Origin.
Ellis holds a BS and a MS in Aerospace Engineering from USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
After graduation, Ellis joined Blue Origin full time where he worked on 3D printed rocket components and served as Propulsion Development Engineer on Crew Capsule RCS thrusters, BE-4, and New Glenn.
At Blue Origin, Ellis was credited for bringing metal 3D-printing in-house.
In 2015, Ellis co-founded Relativity Space with his former classmate, Jordan Noone. Ellis and Noone recieved their initial $500,000 in funding from cold emailing Mark Cuban. In April 2018, Cuban told the Los Angeles Times over email that he invested in Relativity because, "They are smart, innovative, focused and always learning."
Ellis is the youngest member of the National Space Council User Advisory Group by nearly two decades.
In the media
- "Reopening the American Frontier: Promoting Partnerships Between Commercial Space and the U.S Government to Advance Exploration and Settlement" (PDF). NASA. July 13, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
- Masunaga, Samantha (April 27, 2018). "Entrepreneur seeks to boldly go where no one has gone before: 3-D printing nearly an entire rocket". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
- Ignacio, Guttierez (August 23, 2019). "We're Going to 3-D Print the First Rocket Made on Mars". USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
- Autry, Greg (March 26, 2020). "Relativity: Spaceflight Imprinted With Flexibility". Forbes. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
- Tzinis, Irene (2020-06-12). "Mr. Tim Ellis". NASA. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
- Ryan, Kevin (April 30, 2018). "Life on Mars Looks a Little More Possible Thanks to This Startup's 3-D Printed Rocket". Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
- Billings, Lee (April 16, 2018). "Q&A: 3-D Printing Rockets with Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis". Scientific American. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
- Clifford, Catherine (January 25, 2018). "These guys cold-emailed Mark Cuban and got a half-million-dollar investment in their start-up". CNBC. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
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