Mike Mongo is the author of The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens. He is a noted advocate of Space STEAM careers to young students in schools and camps in the US and abroad. As a popular host, speaker, and educator, Mr Mongo works to encourage primary, middle-grade and high school STEAM-directed students to pursue careers in astronautics and Space-related industry.
Mr. Mongo’s professional background has been in brands and messaging. One of of the co-founders of OBEY, Mr Mongo worked alongside Shepard Fairey, Alfred Hawkins, and Blais Blouin engineering the global OBEY messaging campaign.
Among other things, Mr Mongo was a Presenting Author at the 2013 100-Year Starship Conference and the 2013 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. In 2018, Mr Mongo gave the Student Plenary Keynote at the National Space Society's International Space Development Conference.
Mike is co-founder of Icarus Interstellar's Starship Congress and co-developed the BUILD A STARSHIP and Space Is For Everybody initiatives with Icarus' Dr Andreas Tziolas. He is an alumni of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), a co-director of Yuri's Night Space Coast at Kennedy Space Center (with Ryan Robertson), and the founder of Mike Mongo's Astronaut Job Fair. A native Floridian, Mike Mongo lives with his wife Leonie and family in Key West, FL.