Sean McDaniel is a co-founder and the CEO of ATLAS Space Operations. With over 25 years in the space communications industry, and experiences spanning leadership in the U.S. Air Force to other private space communications start-ups, McDaniel has cultivated the knowledge, skillset, and technical proficiency necessary to lead ATLAS. McDaniel is equally found working on highly technical projects with the engineering and software teams, and honing ATLAS’ long-term strategy to align with company vision and industry trends. McDaniel prioritizes culture and core values to steer the ATLAS team. With clear communication, strategic problem-solving, and a team dynamic predicated on iterative learning and development, ATLAS is well-poised to continue their notable growth. McDaniel holds a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and a B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University. A Michigan native, he views the value that ATLAS brings to Northern Michigan as crucial in developing the state’s growing space economy.