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Ann Arbor SPARK Hosts NASA’s Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen at Annual Meeting on May 17

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Ann Arbor SPARK will host its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center. Ann Arbor SPARK’s annual meeting is attended by business, government, and academic leaders from across the Ann Arbor region and delivers a unique networking opportunity.

As in previous years, at the annual meeting, Ann Arbor SPARK and members of its board of directors will highlight the organization’s progress in advancing the region’s economy over the past year. Ann Arbor SPARK will also present its annual board chair awards and present its updated strategic plan.

“We are thrilled to return to an in-person annual meeting this year, and acknowledge the resiliency of our local economy with business and community leaders,” said Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO, Paul Krutko. “Additionally, we are excited to host a truly dynamic speaker – Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen – who has deep roots in our community and whose work now is leading the world in understanding our planet’s origins and life outside of our galaxy.”

Dr. Zurbuchen is NASA’s associate administrator for the science mission directorate. In his role at NASA, he is tasked with helping answer some of humanity’s biggest questions: Where did we come from? Are we alone? How does the universe work? 

Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Zurbuchen was a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. While there, he was also founding director of U-M’s Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering and developed and ran several campus-wide innovation initiatives, one of which led to the top-ranked undergraduate entrepreneurship program nationally.

Ann Arbor SPARK’s annual meeting is made possible by the generous support of sponsors, including premier sponsors, DTE Energy Foundation and Comcast Business. Registration for the meeting is required and costs $75 per person. For more information and to register, visit

About Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit