"Exploration begins at the edge of your comfort zone"

- Dr. Armin T. Ellis


Founder, Exploration Institute
Inventor of the i2i Method™
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Accomplished scientist, engineer, and explorer, Dr. Armin T. Ellis spearheaded and architected missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for eight years ranging from Mars missions to those bound for the International Space Station. Parlaying all of his vast and innovative experiences, wisdom, and passion, Dr. Ellis has created Exploration Institute, featuring his i2i Method™, a proven methodology to turn challenges and aspirations into actionable and tangible plans. The results of this methodology and process are limitless providing companies, non-profits, and global leaders with uniquely efficient results with applications ranging from cost management and mitigation, product development, and strategy planning.


A Ph.D. graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Ellis has created several entrepreneurial ventures in both the US and his native UK, including a space engineering company (which he started at age 22 and was acquired after 3 years), VentureKits (a non-profit organization with high altitude balloon kits to help inspire high school students with the possibilities of science), and ultimately today, Exploration Institute.


Dr. Ellis is a sought-after speaker on innovation, exploration, and the future of humanity in space for conferences, events, and podcasts. 


"In an ocean of creative people at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — and there area a great many creative people at JPL working on NASA programs —  Armin Ellis is a stand-out.  And even more than that, he is a wonderfully affable, enthusiastic and energetic creative genius.  I think he is brimming with even more ideas than he shares, ideas just waiting their turn for tryout."

- Deb Vane

CloudSat Project Manger

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Senior Staff


“Armin Ellis comes with my highest recommendation, he has impeccable listening skills and is a thought leader in the area of process and product development.

- Steven David, MadgeVice President Global Affairs, Dassault Systemes


"I’ve known Armin Ellis for 15 years...he is a restless, one-man engine of enterprise and innovation, and I’m excited to see him bring this infectious zeal to Exploration Institute and spread it to others."

- Gregg Fairbrothers

Founding CEO,

Samson Resources International

Contact Dr. Ellis  about speaking or consulting opportunities. 

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