Aerospace and youth development consultant. Guest speaker and lecturer. Managing Director of the Traverse City Space Accelerator, division of Boomerang Catapult, to develop and attract high-tech space companies to the Traverse City, MI region. Executive Director of Newton’s Road, a non-profit focusing on K-12 STEM development in NW Michigan. Chief Space Officer for Space Nation, a Finnish company seeking to democratize human spaceflight. Former Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, managing the International Space Station (ISS) U. S. National Laboratory. Serves on multiple Boards including the SpaceCom Advisory Board, the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, and the National Boy Scouts of America STEM Advisory Board. Member of Association of Space Explorers (ASE), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Rotary Club. A decorated fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. Retiring as a Colonel after nearly 25 years of service, he was selected as a NASA Astronaut and ultimately piloted two Space Shuttle missions, spending 32 total days in orbit and contributing to the assembly of the ISS. Current commercial pilot in multi-engine aircraft and single-engine floatplanes.
B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1984.
M.S., Flight Structures Engineering, Columbia University, 1985.
M.B.A., University of Texas (Austin), 2005.