2007 William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture: Michael Griffin

Event Details
Event Date: March 28, 2007
Speaker: Dr. Michael Griffin
Sponsor: School of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Time: 1:00PM
Location: Elizer Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

System Engineering and the Two Cultures of Engineering

The crucial role of system engineering in modern society, with a focus on the development of the aerospace disciplines over the past century.

Michael Griffin
Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate, Michael Griffin began his duties as the 11th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on April 14, 2005. In this role, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the U.S. vision for space exploration.

Prior to being nominated as NASA administrator, Griffin served as Space Department head at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. He was previously president and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc. and also served in several positions within Orbital Sciences Corporation (Dulles, Virginia) including chief executive officer of Orbital's Magellan Systems division and general manager of the Space Systems Group.

Earlier in his career, Griffin served as chief engineer and as associate administrator for exploration at NASA and as deputy for technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University, where he taught courses in spacecraft design, applied mathematics, guidance and navigation, compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, spacecraft attitude control, astrodynamics, and introductory aerospace engineering. He is the lead author of more than two dozen technical papers, as well as the textbook Space Vehicle Design.

A registered professional engineer in Maryland and California, Griffin is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics, an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a fellow of the American Astronautical Society, and a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the AIAA Space Systems Medal, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given to a non-government employee.

Griffin received a bachelor's degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master's in aerospace science from Catholic University of America; a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland; a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California; a master's in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master's in business administration from Loyola College; and a master's in civil engineering from George Washington University. He is a certified flight instructor with instrument and multiengine ratings

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