The Aerospace Corporation Announces Board Changes

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (March 11, 2013) – Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar and Keith R. Hall  were elected to The Aerospace Corporation’s board of trustees on March 7.

Dunbar is the M. D. Anderson Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston. She also serves as the director of the university’s STEM Center.

In her early career Dunbar worked for Rockwell International Space Division, building the space shuttle Columbia. She then entered NASA service, and was a flight controller before being selected as a mission specialist astronaut. Dunbar is a veteran of five space shuttle flights and has more than 50 days in space.  She served as the payload commander on two flights, including the first space shuttle docking mission to the Russian space station Mir.

After retiring from NASA in 2005, Dunbar became president and CEO of The Seattle Museum of Flight, and later, the director of higher education and STEM for The Boeing Company. She has also consulted in aerospace and STEM education as the president of Dunbar International LLC, and is an internationally known public speaker.

Dunbar earned a Ph.D. in mechanical/biomedical engineering from the University of Houston. She has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ceramic engineering from the University of Washington.

Hall retired as a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton in 2009 and continues to support the firm as a senior executive advisor. He joined Booz Allen in 2002 following a distinguished career in the federal government. From 1996 to 2001 he served as director of the National Reconnaissance Office. In March 1997 he was also appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate as assistant secretary of the Air Force for space.

As NRO director he was responsible for the acquisition and operation of all U.S. space-based reconnaissance and intelligence systems. Within the Air Force he was responsible for overall supervision of space matters, with primary emphasis on policy, strategy and planning.

Hall has worked in various capacities in U.S. intelligence since 1970, when he received his commission as an officer in the United States Army. He served nine years in Army intelligence, including two tours in which he commanded overseas operational intelligence units.

Hall has a master’s degree in public administration from Clark University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, as well as an honorary doctorate, from Alfred University.

The Aerospace Corporation, based in El Segundo, Calif., is a California nonprofit corporation that provides objective technical analyses and assessments for critical national security space programs and selected civil and commercial space programs in the national interest. Aerospace has been assuring space mission success for more than 50 years.

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