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John “Danny” Olivas

John “Danny” Olivas

Keynote Speaker: Former NASA Astronaut & Mission Assurance Expert; Director of Space Initiatives at the University of Texas

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John “Danny” Olivas Biography

Dr. John “Danny” Olivas is a former NASA astronaut, a veteran of two space shuttle flights, and five spacewalks.

Dr. Olivas is presently a co-Director of the Visual Intelligence and Multimedia Analytics Laboratory at the University of Southern California, researching the uses of artificial intelligence in space-related endeavors. He was selected by the current US administration to the NASA Advisory Council and is presently the President of both Olivas and Associates and OA- Espaço, Lda. His area of expertise is in the area of accident and incident investigations in both Earth and space applications.

Dr. Olivas holds a Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in both Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service medal, NASA Exceptional Achievement medal, and two NASA Space Flight medals. He is also the recipient of the 2006 University of Texas at El Paso Distinguished Alumni and the 2020 Rice Engineering Outstanding Alumni awards.

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John “Danny” Olivas Speaking Topics

Mission Success: Mission Assurance and Lessons Learned In Space™

Many industries share commonality with the hazards associated with human spaceflight — particularly those where potential for product or system failures may lead to serious safety issues for customers/employees or result in significant financial loss. Olivas uses Lessons Learned in Space™ to encourage companies to challenge their own internal procedures to aim for failsafe processes. Through real-world examples developed in the crucible of the space exploration, Olivas inspires corporate audiences to Think Like an Astronaut™ to improve workplace and product safety.

Ticket to Ride: The Near Future of Commercial Manned Space Travel

Across the globe, private enterprise is stepping into the domain once occupied by government endeavors. How soon will an average traveler by able to purchase a ticket to space? Perhaps sooner than you think. Olivas discusses the current state of human spaceflight and explores what it takes to journey to the Moon, to Mars and outer destinations in the Solar System.

Space Capsules: True but little-known versions of mission-saving orbital inventions

While accounts of catastrophic space-shuttle failures are now part of American history, many of the official reports from successful missions omit the facts of last-minute fixes from orbit that prevented disasters. Olivas weaves these little-known details into anecdotes about how astronauts in space, specialists on Earth, and some ordinary people contributed to out-of-the-box inventions and how everyone’s contribution is essential to mission success.

How Does Space Smell?: The wonders of shuttle travel from lift-off to touch-down

Fewer than 150 people have made the trip from Earth to the International Space Station, but most people are curious about the voyage. Olivas invites the audience along for the ride, using anecdotes, film and photos from his two missions, spacewalks, and historic orbital repair of the space shuttle.

John “Danny” Olivas Videos

Lessons Learned In Space | Danny Olivas | TEDxUTEP
Challenges of Spacewalking -- Danny Olivas
Challenges of Spacewalking -- Danny Olivas

How to book John “Danny” Olivas?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John “Danny” Olivas for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for John “Danny” Olivas, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John “Danny” Olivas or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book John “Danny” Olivas?

Booking fees for John “Danny” Olivas, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John “Danny” Olivas, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for John “Danny” Olivas?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John “Danny” Olivas for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John “Danny” Olivas for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John “Danny” Olivas or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John “Danny” Olivas or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


John “Danny” Olivas is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Space, Engineering and Science. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. John “Danny” Olivas generally travels from California, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are José M. Hernández, Sylvia Acevedo and Shayla Rivera. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John “Danny” Olivas for an upcoming event.

John “Danny” Olivas Speaking Topics

  • Mission Success: Mission Assurance and Lessons Learned In Space™

    Many industries share commonality with the hazards associated with human spaceflight — particularly those where potential for product or system failures may lead to serious safety issues for customers/employees or result in significant financial loss. Olivas uses Lessons Learned in Space™ to encourage companies to challenge their own internal procedures to aim for failsafe processes. Through real-world examples developed in the crucible of the space exploration, Olivas inspires corporate audiences to Think Like an Astronaut™ to improve workplace and product safety.

  • Ticket to Ride: The Near Future of Commercial Manned Space Travel

    Across the globe, private enterprise is stepping into the domain once occupied by government endeavors. How soon will an average traveler by able to purchase a ticket to space? Perhaps sooner than you think. Olivas discusses the current state of human spaceflight and explores what it takes to journey to the Moon, to Mars and outer destinations in the Solar System.

  • Space Capsules: True but little-known versions of mission-saving orbital inventions

    While accounts of catastrophic space-shuttle failures are now part of American history, many of the official reports from successful missions omit the facts of last-minute fixes from orbit that prevented disasters. Olivas weaves these little-known details into anecdotes about how astronauts in space, specialists on Earth, and some ordinary people contributed to out-of-the-box inventions and how everyone’s contribution is essential to mission success.

  • How Does Space Smell?: The wonders of shuttle travel from lift-off to touch-down

    Fewer than 150 people have made the trip from Earth to the International Space Station, but most people are curious about the voyage. Olivas invites the audience along for the ride, using anecdotes, film and photos from his two missions, spacewalks, and historic orbital repair of the space shuttle.

John “Danny” Olivas Videos

Lessons Learned In Space | Danny Olivas | TEDxUTEP
Challenges of Spacewalking -- Danny Olivas
Challenges of Spacewalking -- Danny Olivas
Former NASA Anstronaut Danny Olivas, UTEP Unite to Advance Space Research
Centennial Stories - John "Danny" Olivas

How to book John “Danny” Olivas?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John “Danny” Olivas for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for John “Danny” Olivas, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John “Danny” Olivas or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book John “Danny” Olivas?

Booking fees for John “Danny” Olivas, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John “Danny” Olivas, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for John “Danny” Olivas?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John “Danny” Olivas for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John “Danny” Olivas for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John “Danny” Olivas or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John “Danny” Olivas or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


John “Danny” Olivas is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Space, Engineering and Science. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. John “Danny” Olivas generally travels from California, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are José M. Hernández, Sylvia Acevedo and Shayla Rivera. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John “Danny” Olivas for an upcoming event.

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