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David Gerson was a co-founder of SSI with Matt Daniels in 2012 and President from then until the end of 2013. He graduated Stanford with a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering, with a focus in propulsion. He now works at SpaceX as an F9 Vehicle lead, fighting fires and helping to manager the Falcon program, SpaceX's rocket that they use to carry payloads into space. David got interested in space through space policy and has done many research projects on the topic, including at Stanford and in DC while at an internship at DARPA. While at Stanford, David also started the Global Space Balloon Challenge with some friends (including Lawrence Leung, Charlie Cox, and Robert Jackson - SSI alumni) - check out the website for more information!