David Thomas is CEO of ASURE and executive director of the MILO Institute. ASURE serves as a boundary organization designed to translate ASU’s innovation into government missions and the markets that support them. The MILO Institute is dedicated to making deep space missions affordable and accessible to universities and space agencies around the world. Thomas has more than 20 years of experience building sustainable science and technology organizations for the defense industry and academic institutions. Prior to his role as CEO, Thomas developed strategic programs for ASU and entrepreneurial programs for the defense sector. Thomas has built and led teams focused on directed energy, nanotechnology and materials science, executing research and development programs for the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA.