SSPI Names Steve Bates, Director of Systems Engineering at Maxar, as the 2022 Mentor of the Year!
SSPI has announced that it will present its 2022 Mentor of the Year Award to Steve Bates, Director of Systems Engineering at Maxar. Steve will be honored on October 12 at SSPI’s 17th Annual Future Leaders Celebration for the attention, support, wisdom and guidance he has provided to young professionals and colleagues throughout his career. During the Celebration, SSPI will also honor the “20 Under 35” space and satellite professionals to watch in the coming years and present three of them with its Promise Award for outstanding achievement.
Steve Bates is Director of Systems Engineering at Maxar Technologies, a position he has held since September 2021. In his current role, he is responsible for managing a team of systems engineers and developing the safety roadmap for Maxar. Steve draws on his deep experience in aviation safety from a long and impressive career in the industry to help Maxar ensure that the company meets the demanding safety requirements for a crewed NASA spacecraft as part of the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) for Gateway, a vital part of NASA’s Artemis program. He is also responsible for preparing Maxar engineers to safely execute new missions as part of the company’s business development strategy.
Throughout his more-than-35-year career, Steve has consistently served as a mentor not only to the engineers but also the leaders around him. Steve is known for his kind, wise and supportive mentoring style as well as his ability to illustrate difficult points with stories to better help new engineers find their footing on challenging projects. He maintains constant coolness under pressure and helps those around him do the same, especially during times of change and instability at work. Steve is also known for his humility and respect for his management and co-workers, as well as his frequent expressions of appreciation for his colleagues’ excellent work and commitment to helping others in the workplace, both on social media and within company communication lines. Click here to learn more about Steve.
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