The Inaugural Sea, Earth, and Space Summit
Circa 2015

This was the official website for the inaugural Sea, Earth, and Space Summit.
Content is from the site's 2015 archived pages.



The Sea, Earth, and Space (SES) Summit will bring together professionals from industry, government, and academia to explore the boundaries of human performance like never before. Offering three unique educational tracks, the SES Summit will provide in-depth forums and expert exchange for researchers, educators, and professionals on the topic of human performance in the exploration of the sea, earth, and space. Industry leaders and technology providers also convene at the SES summit to showcase innovative technologies that offer solutions to the needs of the human operating in extreme environments. With such a wide variety of applications, the SES summit has something for everyone, from scientists to extreme human performance coaches and everyone in between. 

Explore the limits of human performance. Join us May 1 - May 3, 2015 in Houston, TX for this inaugural event. Registration is now open. 

Key Objectives

The key objectives of the inaugural Sea, Earth, and Space Summit are:

  • To establish an open and innovative platform for knowledge sharing among all stakeholders interested in human performance in the extreme environments of the sea, Earth, and space.

  • To educate and inspire by creating an event that reaches beyond the walls of the conference and into the greater community through public & educational outreach and citizen science initiatives.

  • To promote cross-disciplinary collaboration, thereby allowing experts to tap into each other’s best practices for the purposes of advancing the field of human performance 


You might be thinking to yourself, “Sure, this event sounds interesting, but why should I attend? What am I going to gain from it?” Chances are good that you’re not alone. We could sit here and give you a sales pitch, listing all the reasons you should choose our event over others. But that’s not who we are. You can easily decide for yourself if our conference program and impressive lineup of expert speakers are a good fit for your continuing education and personal development needs. So rather than try to convince you through lengthy dissertation about why you should attend our event, we’d rather provide you with just a few reasons that are pretty self-explanatory.

  • You’ll be inspired.

  • It’s a very unique and one-of-a-kind (OOAK) event that offers a glimpse into worlds that have sparked the human imagination for centuries. It will spark yours too.

  • You’ll learn new things and re-learn old things in a new way.

  • You’ll meet new people, many of whom you’d probably never cross paths with.

  • This event has something to offer everyone.


Observations: Do conferences really need to spell out why one should attend or just state what information is going to be offered?
I recently attended a Salesforce conference. Did they ask why one should attend? No. It was obvious that the conference was about the Salesforce platform. They did list the topics that were going to be covered. Since I am part of a team of Salesforce implementation developers I wanted to attend the conference to learn the latest news about Salesforce apps, macro options, and the integration of other software platforms and plugins etc. If the conference is large or is appealing to the international community, I think it's pretty likely that one would meet new people. One of the purposes of many conferences is the networking opportunities that arise for the attendees. And networking was also a reason why I attended the Salesforce conference. It turned out that networking and meeting potentially new clients was as successful and the new knowledge I gleaned.

Now I believe that if you feel that you need five reasons to attend a conference spelled out for you, I would question why would you consider attending in the first place. Yet I must admit that the key objectives of the Sea, Earth, and Space Summit were definitely met spectacularly. It was an exceptionally successful conference for the attendees. Kudos to the speakers and organizers.

The the Sea, Earth, and Space Summit would have been just the type of conference my father would have loved attending. However, as he after his last stroke, he is no longer able to live and travel independently. I was concerned he might balk at my suggestion of finding an assisted living facility nearby to where I live in Maryland. However, when I drove him to the Hart Heritage Estates in Street, Harford County,  Maryland with its wonderful woodland acres surrounding the facility, he was agreeable to the change. The window in his large bedroom looks right out on the 6.5 acres of park-like grounds. Sitting in a comfy padded chair every morning he bird watches, eyes glued to his binoculars. He has a pad right next to him so he can record his sightings. Wild life abound. I've seen deer, foxes, and lots of rabbits and raccoons during my visits.

Although my father can't travel to events and conference, he often will watch podcasts of such events on his computer. Recently he watch live coverage of the European 2022 Space Summit that was held in Toulouse, France. Urgent action is needed to tackle the unprecedented societal, economic and security challenges faced by Europe - from the climate crisis and its consequences to threats to crucial infrastructure in space and on Earth. It seems that tame issues are being examined seven years after the inaugural Sea, Earth, and Space Summit in 2015. When will governments get their act together?


If those 5 reasons aren’t enough, did we mention that you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and interact with leading scientists and experts in the field of human performance, including astronauts, aquanauts, explorers, world-renown fitness experts, and athletes? Oh yeah, and you’ll also have the opportunity to earn continuing education credit from a number of organizations (more details coming soon), and will walk away from the event with renewed interest, curiosity, and enthusiasm for the field of human performance.  

Can I earn continuing education by attending this event?

YES! We are currently working with a number of organizations in the medical and fitness industries to have our event approved for continuing education credits. We will post updates to the Summit’s website as they become available. In the meantime, if you have a suggestion for us, feel free to send it to us via the contact form located on the Contact page of this website.

With 50+ individual sessions, 5 expert panels, 2 supplementary workshops, and multiple experiential learning sessions, the inaugural Sea, Earth, and Space Summit is sure to be one of the most content-rich professional conferences of 2015! Join us!



We are excited to announce that former NASA Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave will be the Keynote Speaker for the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural Sea, Earth, and Space Summit!  Join us for what is sure to become one of the premier events of 2015!

Dr. Story Musgrave

Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two  classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. 


Dr. Andy Walshe, Director of Red Bull High Performance

Dr. Andrew Walshe (Andy) is a globally recognized leader and expert in the field of elite human performance. For over 20 years the Australian native has been focused on the goal of "de-mystifying talent" by researching and training individuals and teams across a vast network of world-class programs in sport, culture, military and business settings. Dr. Walshe is currently the Director of High Performance for Red Bull, where he works with hundreds of international athletes and cultural opinion leaders; supervises a team of industry-leading scientists, engineers, physicians and technologiests to develop and implement elite performance models.  


Dave Whitley

Iron Tamer Dave Whitley is a professional old-time strongman and motivational speaker based in Nashville TN. He first became interested in strength as a kid, reading comic books and dreaming of becoming super-human. In 2008 he became a student of a Grandmaster Strongman Dennis Rogers and began serious study of the art of the old-time strongman. He has performed all over the US as well as internationally in Italy, the UK, Australia and Korea. He was featured in the German documentary Kraftakt, a film about strength.

Dallas Hartwig DPT, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Co-Founder of Whole9 and the Whole30 Dallas Hartwig is a functional medicine practitioner, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and licensed physical therapist who specializes in treating lifestyle-related hormonal, digestive, and metabolic health issues. In 2012, he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food, and founded his functional medicine practice, mentoring under Dr. Daniel Kalish and enrolling in the Institute for Functional Medicine‘s certification program.


Dr. Charlie Weingroff

Dr. Charlie Weingroff is a Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach. He spreads his time over training and rehabbing athletes and clients at  Drive495 in New York City, NY and Fit For Life in Marlboro, NJ. He is also an internationally renowned speaker for his own Training=Rehab Seminar Series, MF Athletic, and other conferences and outlets. Charlie is the Director of Physical Performance and the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team


Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Spaceflight Consultant

Erik Seedhouse is a Norwegian-Canadian suborbital astronaut whose life-long ambition is to work in space. After completing a degree in Sports Science the author joined the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment. During his time in the ‘Para’s’, Erik spent six months in Belize, where he was trained in the art of jungle warfare. Later, he spent several months learning the intricacies of desert warfare in Cyprus. He made 30+jumps from a C130, performed 200+ helicopter abseils and fired more anti-tank weapons than he cares to remember!   


Brian Shiro, Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog Simulation

Brian Shiro believes that exploration of space and stewardship of Earth go hand-in-hand. This has led him to pursue synergistic opportunities in the earth and space sciences over a career spanning fifteen years.  An accomplished field scientist, Shiro has conducted remote field expeditions around the globe, including Antarctica, Alaska, Canada, and tropical Pacific islands.


Dr. Jason Reimuller, CEO Integrated Spaceflight Services & President Project PoSSUM Inc.

Jason is a Research Scientist with the Space Science Institute and President of Integrated Spaceflight Services, serving as Principal Investigator of Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) campaign to study the polar mesosphere and noctilucent clouds structures using manned reusable launch vehicles.  Jason is also leading the development of spacecraft egress training modules, training simulators, and analog space training capability.  In addition, Jason works as a commercial research pilot and flight test engineer with GATS, Inc., is a NAUI SCUBA Divemaster, and is the author of “Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations.

Scott Sonnon, Human Performance Expert 

Scott Sonnon is an adjunct instructor for the US Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and SME for the US Marshals Academy and US CBP Advanced Training Center, and is the Tactical Fitness Ambassador for 5.11 Tactical, with whom he is co-developing new technologies in tactical fitness. He developed the first federally-POST approved tactical fitness system (TACFIT) and was sent nationwide by the US Department of Homeland Security to teach TACFIT to State and Local Law Enforcement trainers. 

Gray Cook, Co-Founder Functional Movement Systems

Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS, RKC is a practicing physical therapist, and orthopedic certified specialist. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and kettlebell instructor. Cook is the founder of Functional Movement Systems which promotes the concept of movement pattern screening and assessment.  


Tim Anderson, Co-Founder Original Strength

Tim is a co-founder of the Original Strength System and an Original Strength Master Instructor. He has worked in the health and fitness industry for almost 20 years. In that time, Tim has had the privilege of learning from some of the most gifted leaders in the health and fitness industry.  He has authored several publications, articles, and books including Original Strength, and his latest Original Strength Restoration. Anderson has also starred in and produced Beyond Bodyweight Training with the creator of The Battling Ropes and strength legend, John Brookfield.  


Clifton Harski, Head Coach of Fitwall
Official Bio Coming Soon!


Bruce Cantrell & Jessica Fain, Classroom Under the Sea Aquanauts

Jessica Fain

Jessica Nicole Fain was born in Knoxville and raised in Lenoir City, Tennessee. As an undergraduate biology student at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Fain participated in numerous ecological studies involving a variety of ecosystems. In 2011, she graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in psychology. 


Robert "Bob" Rakowski DC,  Functional Nutrition Expert

Robert A. Rakowski, DC, CCN, DACBN, DIBAK is a Chiropractor, Kinesiologist, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Biological Terrain Instructor, and the clinic director of the Natural Medicine Center in Houston Texas.  In addition to running a busy practice, Dr. Rakowski has lectured internationally for over 20 years on various topics in Natural and Lifestyle Medicine.


Jen Sinkler, Fitness Expert

Jen Sinkler is a longtime fitness writer and personal trainer based in Minneapolis who talks fitness, food, happy life, and general health topics at her site,, and writes for a variety of national health magazines. She authored Lift Weights Faster 1 and 2, e-libraries that include hundreds of conditioning workouts for fat loss, athleticism, and overall health. 


Dave Dellanave, Human Performance Expert

David Dellanave is a lifter, coach, and owner of The Movement Minneapolis in the Twin Cities. He implements biofeedback techniques, teaching his clients, ranging from athletes to general population, to truly understand what their bodies are telling them.    Read More...


Mike Fitch,  Founder of Animal Flow, Movement Expert
Official Bio Coming Soon!


Nick Heil, Editor of Outside Online & Author of Dark Summit
Official Bio Coming Soon!

Elsbeth Vaino

Elsbeth Vaino is the owner and head trainer at Custom Strength, in Ottawa Canada, where she works primarily with masters-aged athletes wishing to return to sports post-injury.  Prior to becoming a trainer, Elsbeth enjoyed a successful career as an engineer, which significantly influences her approach. She holds a CSCS, is FMS certified, and has a wealth of experience coaching and teaching hockey, ultimate, and skiing.

Frank White, Author of The Overview Effect

Frank White is the author or coauthor of 10 books, ranging in subject matter from space exploration to climate change. His book, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is now in its third edition, and is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration and development. A film called “Overview,” based largely on this work, has had more than 6.7 million plays on Vimeo.

Dr. Sarah Jane Pell 

Artist, occupational diver, researcher, and former competitive rock climber, Dr. Sarah Jane Pell's embarks on her first high altitude adventure in the Bending Horizons expedition. SJ passionately explores new ways to redefine our visions of future worlds from sea, to summit, to space through art-making. An experienced remote crew member and art and science collaborator, she is forging her skills in new ways: pioneering a practice to embody and contribute to the culture of exploration. SJ performs expressively and builds novel prototype apparatus to test and communicate insights from the field.  

Satyabrata Dam

Mountaineer, Explorer, Polar Skier, Motivational Speaker, photographer, writer Satya is one of the world’s leading mountaineers and polar explorers with over 35 years of climbing career. He is the only person in the world who has successfully led expeditions to the three poles – Mt Everest, North and South Poles. He has climbed the highest peaks in all the seven continents besides climbing some of the highest mountains in the world. Some of his other major adventures include circumnavigation in a sailboat, walking the length of Africa, silk route, etc. 


Dani Almeyda

Dani is a co-owner of the Original Strength System and has worked in the health and fitness industry for the last 10 years.
Throughout her whole life, health and wellness have had a major influence on Dani. Whether it was from her experience as collegiate athlete, as a Director of Campus Recreation, or as a Fitness Professional, her experiences and formal education have inspired her to look at the body we were given and to simplify a growingly complex industry.

Ken O'Neill
Official Bio Coming Soon!

Ben Hellwarth

Ben Hellwarth, a veteran journalist, interviewed many surviving SEALAB participants and uncovered lost documents and records to write the first comprehensive account of a lesser-known U.S. venture and several others that led to major breakthroughs in deep diving and the development of "saturation diving." As a staff writer in the 1990s for the Santa Barbara News-Press, Ben won a number of notable awards and got the seed of the idea for his well-received first book, "SEALAB: America’s Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor" (Simon & Schuster, 2012). 

Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Moonwalker
Official Bio Coming Soon!

Dennis & Claudia Chamberland
Official Bio Coming Soon!

Jamie Guined, Exercise Scientist

Jamie Guined currently serves as an Exercise Scientist with the University of Houston supporting research at the NASA Johnson Space Center.  The focus of her research is to better understand howspaceflight produces changes to the muscular, neurovestibular, and cardiovascular systems, and the development of effective countermeasures and countermeasures hardware that will facilitate adaptation and maintenance of crew health during long-duration spaceflight, as well as recoveryand re-adaptation post-flight. 


Bud Jeffries, Strongman & Motivational Speaker
Official Bio Coming Soon!


Paul McIlroy, Fitness & Conditioning Expert
Official Bio Coming Soon!


And many, many more! Speakers will be added as they are confirmed. To receive the most up-to-date information and Summit news, subscribe to our official newsletter below.



The inaugural Sea, Earth, and Space Summit will include a mini-workshop on Citizen Science & Educational Outreach to be delivered as two half-day sessions on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd; in addition to the NewSpace Researchers Workshop (NSRW), a full-day post-conference workshop co-organized by Astronauts4Hire. Details pertaining to both workshops will be available soon. To receive the most up-to-date information, subscribe to our mailing list