Speakers' Information

In a four-part series, we invited practicing experts - astronauts, spacesuit makers and suppliers from industry - to explore the different aspects of technical garments (PPEs and spacesuits). With technology getting more intertwined with health and wellbeing, from robotic surgery to assistive wearables, the webinar series provides us far-reaching insights into the complexity of technologies for health and wellbeing.

Webinar #2 Panellists

Daniel J Klopp

  • ILC Dover Inc, NASA’s spacesuit (xEMU) maker

Daniel J KloppDan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, along with an MBA degree with a concentration in Marketing. He spent the first 18 years of his professional career working for Hewlett Packard Company in a variety of roles with different product lines. After working for several other corporations, Dan joined ILC Dover in the role of Director of Product Marketing with responsibility for ILC Dover’s Space Systems Division and Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment Division (along with several other product lines). 

Dan is helping ILC Dover prepare for future human space exploration in low earth orbit and beyond, as well as helping improve the protection of healthcare workers and others working in hazardous environments here on earth. 


Marie O’Mahony 

  • O’Mahony Consultancy and Royal College of Art, author of Advanced Textiles for Health and Wellbeing

Marie O’MahonyMarie O’Mahony is a consultant, full professor and author specialising in smart and advanced textiles. Consultancy work includes reports for government, industry and brands, new material and technology sourcing as well as technical and non-technical writing for content and communication. She is a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art, London. Books include Advanced Textiles for Health and Well-being, TechnoTextiles 2, TechnoTextiles, Cyborg – The Man Machine and Sportstech all published by Thames and Hudson. Clients include NIKE, VF Corporation and Hussein Chalayan. Marie also serves on a number of industry and academic advisory boards and committees in Europe and North America. 


Dr Thomas Reiter 

  • European Space Agency, ESA Interagency Coordinator and Advisor to the Director General

Thomas ReiterDr Thomas Reiter is the ESA Interagency Coordinator at the European Space Agency and Advisor to the Director General. In 1992, Dr Reiter was selected to join ESA’s European Astronaut Corps, based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. He was holding the European record of 350 days in space for about 12 years– one of the most experienced non-American or non-Russian astronaut by time and performed several spacewalks (EVAs). After his active astronaut career, Thomas Reiter was named on 8 August 2007 as a member of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center, DLR, responsible for Space Research and Technology. On 1 April 2011, he became Director of ESA’s Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations (D/HSO), responsible for managing Europe’s contribution to the ISS, the Agency's human spaceflight activities, the operations of ESA’s satellite missions and of the ground segment. 


Webinar #1 Panellists

Julia Duncan

  • Monmouth Scientific, clean room solutions provider 

Julia DuncanJulia have always been enthralled by the vast unknowns of the ocean and space, she is volunteering with the National Sea Rescue Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and a postgraduate degree in marketing management. She joined Monmouth Scientific in 2018 as a technical sales specialist. Her role allows her to focus on what makes people tick when exploring new territories. Specifically, she device service offerings for clean air solutions and products for aerospace, marine life, artwork conservation, data centres, the military, medical labs, etc. Creating a great service offering is particularly rewarding as it requires an understanding the need of the end users, a clear understanding of the fundamental principals in creating clean environments, the ability negotiate and bridge the gap between users, engineers and principles of clean environments. Julia is presently working on Monmouth’s work on assisting the COVID research teams in supplying Class II Micro Biological Safety Cabinets.


Daniel J Klopp

  • ILC Dover Inc, NASA’s spacesuit (xEMU) maker

Daniel J KloppDan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, along with an MBA degree with a concentration in Marketing. He spent the first 18 years of his professional career working for Hewlett Packard Company in a variety of roles with different product lines. After working for several other corporations, Dan joined ILC Dover in the role of Director of Product Marketing with responsibility for ILC Dover’s Space Systems Division and Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment Division (along with several other product lines). 

Dan is helping ILC Dover prepare for future human space exploration in low earth orbit and beyond, as well as helping improve the protection of healthcare workers and others working in hazardous environments here on earth. 


Astronaut Richard Linnehan

  • NASA Johnson Space Center, Astronaut

Richard LinnehanDr. Richard M. Linnehan was selected as an astronaut in 1992. The Massachusetts native has a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He flew aboard STS-78, STS-90, STS-109 and STS-123. STS-78 delivered the Life Sciences and Microgravity Spacelab combining microgravity studies and life sciences. STS-90 was a Spacelab mission where 26 experiments were performed. STS-109 was the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. STS-123 delivered the Japanese Experiment Logistics Module - Pressurized Section. Dr. Linnehan currently splits his time between the Astronaut Office Exploration and Integration branches and the NASA Institutional Review Board (IRB) and JSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).