Husband and father, adventurer, retired Air Force Officer. I’m trying my best to love people well, and that includes people who rely on U.S. space systems. I love space operations, rapid acquisition projects, and guiding the development of future space systems, but I’d be lying if I said I loved it more than a powder day with my family.
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Kneil Novak, Systems Engineer
What drew you to work for InSPIRE and what keeps you here?
My parents owned a small business when I was a kid, and the employees became our extended family. InSPIRE has that same feel. I’m not just an InSPIRE employee, I’m part of the InSPIRE family. I had known Bill, Paul, and Max for a while and knew they were people of character, and fun to be around. It turns out we have a whole company of people like that. I’ve heard it said that culture beats strategy. We have a great culture.
What motivates you?
I’m motivated by a vision of a better future. Professionally, that means I want DoD and IC space systems to work better for the user community. Yes, we may be working on things that involve rocket science, but it shouldn’t be rocket science for the users. Integration and innovation are about empathy, putting myself in the shoes of people who have to understand what’s going on in the world whether they are policy makers, planners, or warfighters who want to do their job and get back to their family. I feel blessed to get to work on important things with amazing people every day.
Integration and innovation are about empathy, putting myself in the shoes of people who have to understand what’s going on in the world whether they are policy makers, planners, or warfighters who want to do their job and get back to their family.
What unique skills or experiences do you bring in support of your customers?
I think I bring a unique perspective to the problems we’re solving. I’ve operated space systems, and I’ve acquired them. I’ve been a Legislative Liaison talking to The Hill about the importance of our systems, and I’ve been on the ground in Afghanistan relying on them. Requirements, integration, innovation—it’s really all about getting the right people information they can make a decision on at the right time. I love to see people smile when a challenging problem is solved.