Natalya Bailey, PhD

CTO and Co-Founder

Dr. Natalya Bailey is the CTO and Co-founder at Accion Systems. Over the course of completing her doctorate in ion electrospray propulsion at the Space Propulsion Laboratory at MIT, she helped invent the first working prototype of an ion engine technology for small satellites, which would become the first product at Accion. Dr. Bailey sets Accion’s strategic vision and plan. She oversees the management team to ensure consistency with the company’s overall strategy and mission.

Prior to Accion Systems, Dr. Bailey previously she assisted with research into a new chemical rocket technology that spun out of Duke University into a space startup, Asteria Propulsion at Duke University, where she also earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Asteria Propulsion aims to provide dedicated space launchers for small satellites.

Dr. Bailey is a mentor for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship program and Air Force Accelerator powered by Techstars. In addition, she is an Advisor to Odyne Space and sits on the Board of Youth CITIES, a Boston based nonprofit that empowers middle and high school students to innovate and drive change in their community. Dr. Bailey holds a Ph.D. from MIT, a M.S. from Duke University, a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University, and has been awarded MIT Tech Review’s 35 Under 35, Forbes’ 30 Under 30, and Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30.