Tim Kopra is the Vice President for Robotics and Space Operations at MDA, a Canadian space company that has provided robotic arms, sensors, and operations for the Space Shuttle, International Space Station (ISS), and now for the Lunar Gateway. Tim is also an advisor for Blue Bear Capital, a venture capital firm investing in companies that provide digital technology solutions for the energy supply chain.
Tim earned his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, and MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Previously, Tim served in various leadership and operational roles at NASA as an engineer and astronaut. While at NASA, Tim lived and worked on board the ISS during two spaceflights, completing three spacewalks and logging 244 days in space. In 2016, Tim was the ISS Commander for Expedition 47.
Tim served in the U.S. Army for 25 years as an Army aviator. He was deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Storm and then commanded an AH-64 Attack Helicopter Company. Following studies at Georgia Tech and completing the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, Tim was the developmental test director for the Army’s Comanche Helicopter Program until his assignment to NASA in 1998. Tim was selected as an astronaut in 2000.
Tim remains active in military affairs as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the East Texas region. He is also involved in the Texas entrepreneurship ecosystem as an advisor to Greentown Labs Houston, Pennybacker Capital, and two startups.