Three Corporate Officers, All Ph.D.s, Start New Jobs

Dr. Wayne Goodman, left, and Dr. Dave Gorney, observe the launch of DMSP-19 on April 3. (Photo: Eric Hamburg/The Aerospace Corporation)

In a rare occurrence in the annals of The Aerospace Corporation, three corporate officers, all holding doctorate degrees, take their new posts on the same day.

The three Aerospace leadership changes, effective July 1, comprise the executive vice president, a senior vice president, and a vice president. The advanced academic degrees of the incoming officers are a reflection of the corporation’s unique role as the country’s foremost repository of technical expertise in the field of space launch.

Dr. David Gorney is the executive vice president for the corporation and will retain leadership of the Space Systems Group, where he is responsible for Aerospace’s support to all launch programs, ground networks, and satellite programs overseen by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and for support to Navy satellite programs. The executive vice president position has been vacant since the retirement of Dr. Joe Straus in 2008.

Gorney holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from UCLA. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.


Dr. Malina Hills, then general manager of the MILSATCOM Division, briefs Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, left, and Dr. Wanda Austin, on more resilient and affordable future MILSATCOM systems last January. (Photo: Eric Hamburg/The Aerospace Corporation)

Dr. Wayne Goodman is the new senior vice president, Operations and Support Group, replacing Mike Drennan, who retired on June 30. In this role, Goodman oversees the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Division, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office, Facilities, Finance and Business Operations, Human Resources, Security and Safety, and the corporation’s in-house university, The Aerospace Institute.

Goodman received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in mechanical engineering. His bachelor’s degree, also in mechanical engineering, is from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Malina Hills assumes Goodman’s prior role as vice president, Space Program Operations. She is responsible for working directly with the U.S. Air Force, government, and industry partners to develop military satellites and to advance national security space systems. Hills oversees four major mission areas: communications, surveillance, weather, and navigation.

She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Caltech. Her undergraduate degree is from Yale University in engineering and applied science.

—Lindsay Chaney and Jessica Brown