Rick Jenet

Director
UTRGV/CARA/STARGATE

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Dr. Fredrick Jenet is an experienced entrepreneur, visionary researcher, and innovative educator, having founded several initiatives in Texas that are fostering the development of a state and national ecosystem for space exploration and commercialization.
He is the founder of the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's first center of excellence, as well as STARGATE, a NewSpace technology development program with facilities at the Boca Chica launch complex in South Texas. Passionate about educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers, these university initiatives directly involve high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the research and commercialization process of new technologies. In addition, Dr. Jenet founded Rockets and Rigs, an academic/industry/government collaboration working to solve common problems and challenges in both the space development and energy sectors. He co-founded NewSpace Capital with the goal of helping commercial space startup companies succeed in this new era of space development. Recently, he has been working closely with the City of Brownsville to create the NewSpace City Brownsville Initiative and a new non-profit organization, Expanding Frontiers, who's mission is to foster the commercial space ecosystem in South Texas, Texas, and the Nation as a whole. Dr. Jenet arrived in Texas 13 years ago after working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from MIT and a doctoral degree in astrophysics from Caltech.

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