ABOUT US


The San Diego Aerospace Museum was established on October 12, 1961, when the articles of incorporation submitted by the non-profit Citizen’s Committee were approved by the State of California.

When the idea was presented to then-Mayor Charles Dail, he recommended the vacant Food and Beverage Building in Balboa Park as an ideal location, and the City Council approved the recommendation.

Charles Brown was selected as the Museum’s first executive director and worked untiringly to make the dream a reality. On February 15, 1963, the San Diego Aerospace Museum opened its doors for the first time. Although small in number, the items on display on that opening day were impressive. They included a reproduction of the Navy’s first seaplane, the Curtiss A-1; a 1929 Fleet Model 7; the original rocket engine from the Bell X-1.
The Lightspeed Team
DENNIS BIELA—CREATOR, PRESIDENT, CEO
Dennis Biela is a photographer and digital documentarist for both still and motion imagery. His client list includes: Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, BMW, General Motors, Eastman Kodak, EAA, Cessna, Apple computers, Smithsonian Institution, Michelin Tires N.A., Air & Space magazine, Car and Driver, Ocean Drive and Automobile magazine, Four Seasons Hotels, Red Lion Hotels & Resorts, and MGM properties.

DOREEN BIELA—DIRECTOR/CURATOR, EDUCATIONAL ASSETS
With more than 19 year experience, Doreen has managed various aspects of exhibits and events for associations and corporations across multiple industries including medical, educational, technological, design, philanthropic and more. She has earned the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) credential.

Doreen has been elected to serve as Vice Chair for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and International Center for Exhibitor and Event Marketing (ICEEM) in 2011 and will advanced into the role as Chair for both organizations in 2012. Her professional experience has included working for the Hall-Erickson, Inc., the American Academy of Dermatology, and McDonald’s Corporation.

CATHY BRINKWORTH—PROJECT COORDINATOR
Cathy attended Drake University. She served as project manager on various advertising and marketing projects coordinating the work of independent photographers, writers, artists and print specialists.


PAT ST. CLAIR—PHOTOGRAPHER
Pat St. Clair holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Miami University (O), and a bachelor's degree in professional photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

He has done extensive 3D still photography beginning early 2009, to include several shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. Pat has written extensively on VR360, trade show photography and other photographic topics.

BOB FISHER—CINEMATOGRAPHER
Bob is an associate member of the Society of Operating Cameramen as well as a member of the International VR Photographers Association. He is also a participant in the Academy Awards, working on a subcommittee of the Science and Technical Awards, reviewing and recommending tools, equipment and software for the Oscars.

He has worked on feature films such as Titanic, Money Talks, Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible II and III. Robert has also been a Director of Photography on features such as Action Heroes, The King, Damage Control, and The Hanna Virus.

JOOK LEUNG—PHOTOGRAPHER
Jook is a seasoned advertising and editorial photographer who has been specializing in 360-degree immersive panoramas for the past 10 years.

The results of Jook's innovative work is inspirational and he has been recognized with 3 consecutive Fujifilm Masterpiece Awards Jook has given presentations and workshops about technologies with the IVRPA, VR Summits, IAPP conventions. Along with being featured in the NASA technology book, he has also written articles for Panorama Magazine.

His panoramas were featured in an on-air interview on ABC's News Now program about his 360VR panoramas of Times Square on New Year's Eve.

JEFFREY ROSS—PHOTOGRAPHER, CINEMATOGRAPHER
Jeffrey Ross is a commercial photographer, born and raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

With his father working at the Kennedy Space Center he grew up watching the shuttle program from the very beginning, His work has published in countless magazines, advertisements, annual reports, and personal collections. He has been a mentor and guest speaker at various photography programs, and has lectured at the national Self-Employment In-the Arts conference.

Some of his clients include; Rhea + Kaiser, US Bank, Commerce Magazine, Bayer Sciences, DePaul University, Teradata Magazine, US Chamber of Commerce, Notre Dame University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Accenture, Harris Bank, Easter Seals, and Green Target Inc.

RHONDA BARCZAK—PHOTOGRAPHER
Rhonda is recognized as one of Central Florida's most unique photographers and digital artists. She has over fifteen years of experience as a commercial and portrait photographer, and she has exhibited in numerous locations including the Orlando Museum of Art.

While the bulk of her work is with Space Coast tourism and business, she is equally proud of her non-profit activities such as photographing at-risk children for the Police Athletic League, and the work she recently donated for the Kelly Slater Sculpture Project.

JOHN PAGE—EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
John Page, founder and principal of Pagetech Limited, has spent more than 25 years as technical director and/or producer of hundreds of international celebrity performances, Broadway shows and political and special events.

John created and produced the pilot “A Slice of Haven” cooking show that is currently airing on ONN. Other credits include producing and pre-production of “Art-Decoded: Pablo Picasso’s - Les de’Moselle de’Avignon.”