Mr. Carl E. Walz is currently the Director of Business Development at Oceaneering Space Systems in Houston Texas.
Prior to coming to Oceaneering, Mr. Walz was the Vice President for Human Spaceflight Operations at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Virginia, responsible for cargo and mission operations for Orbital's Commercial Resupply Services program.
Mr. Walz has also held several positions within NASA. He had a distinguished career as an astronaut, and is a veteran of four space flights, logging a total of 231 days in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-51 (1993), where he deployed the Advanced Communications Technology satellite and performed a 7 hour spacewalk. He also served as the Orbiter flight engineer (MS-2) on STS-65 (1994), and was a mission specialist on the STS-79 (1996) mission to the Russian Mir Space Station. Mr. Walz was a flight engineer (FE-1) on ISS Expedition 4 (2001-2002), where he performed science experiments, assembly tasks, and maintenance tasks. He completed two spacewalks totaling almost 12 hours in both in the Russian and US spacesuits.
In addition to his NASA service as an astronaut, Mr. Walz served as the Director for the Advanced Capabilities Division in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Mr. Walz is an Air Force veteran, retiring as a Colonel from active duty in 2003 after 24 years of service.
Mr. Walz is a graduate of Kent State and John Carroll Universities, both in Ohio.