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NASA Names Six New Members to Advisory Council
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA
Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new
members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA's
senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it
unfolds a new era of exploration.
The six new members are Wanda Austin, Wayne Hale, Scott Hubbard, Miles
O'Brien, Thomas Young, and Kathryn Schmoll. The group has a wide range
of expertise in the aerospace field. They are joining NAC Chair Steven
Squyres and continuing members Marion Blakey, Kenneth Bowersox, David
McComas, William Ballhaus, Charles Kennel (ex officio) and Lester
Lyles (ex officio).
Wanda Austin is president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace
Corporation, a leading architect for the nation's national security
space programs. She is internationally recognized for her work in
satellite and payload system acquisition, systems engineering, and
system simulation and served on President Obama's Review of Human
Spaceflight Plans Committee in 2009.
Wayne Hale is a consultant for Special Aerospace Services of Boulder,
Colorado. He retired from NASA in 2010 as the deputy associate
administrator of strategic partnerships at the agency's Headquarters
in Washington after serving in the senior leadership of the Space
Shuttle Program from 2003 to 2008.
Scott Hubbard is a consulting professor in the Department of
Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he focuses
on planetary exploration, especially Mars, and also serves as the
director of the Stanford Center of Excellence for Commercial Space
Transportation. He is the former director of NASA's Ames Research
Center in Moffett Field, Calif., served on the Columbia Accident
Investigation Board and was director of NASA's Mars Exploration
Miles O'Brien is a veteran independent journalist who focuses on
science, technology and aerospace. He is the science correspondent for
the PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science
documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary
series FRONTLINEand the National Science Foundation Science
Nationseries. He was also the science, environment and aerospace
correspondent and anchor on CNN for 17 years.
Thomas Young served as executive vice president of Lockheed Martin
Corporation and is the former director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center in Greenbelt, Md., former president and chief operating officer
of Martin Marietta and former chairman of SAIC. He began his NASA
career at the Langley Research Center in Virginia, was deputy director
of NASA's Ames Research Center, and also was a member of the Lunar
Orbiter Project Team, mission director for Program Viking, and
director of the Planetary Program at NASA Headquarters.
Kathryn Schmoll is the vice president for finance and administration
at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. She
also has served as comptroller for the Environmental Protection Agency
and assistant associate administrator in the NASA Headquarters Office
of Space Science and Applications, among other NASA positions.
The NAC and its members are assisting the agency on its path to Mars
-- a stepping stone approach to exploration that encompasses
successful expansion of commercial cargo services to commercial crew,
full utilization of the International Space Station until at least
2024, and development of new technologies and the Orion crew vehicle
and Space Launch System to travel to an asteroid and the Red Planet.
For more information about the NAC, visit:
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