Peterson Selected by White House for Space Position
Tech President is a candidate for National Space Council's Users Advisory Group
Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson has been selected by the White House as a candidate for the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group. The announcement was made by Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the council. The team is meeting for the first time this morning at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Peterson is the only higher education candidate among the group of 29 people. He’s joined by the CEOs of Boeing, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Northrop Grumman; the president of SpaceX; and five astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin; as well as other leaders.
“Georgia Tech has a long standing culture of engaging and partnering with U.S. space and defense industries, and I am honored to serve along with these industry and government leaders,” said Peterson. “Through partnerships with industry and the federal government, U.S. research institutions can support our nation’s strategic space and security needs, helping the U.S. maintain its leadership position at the forefront of technological innovation.”
Peterson’s early career includes working as a research scientist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, as well as conducting independent research as a faculty researcher for both NASA and a number of aerospace companies.
Throughout his career, Peterson has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on many industry, government, and academic task forces and committees; research councils; and advisory boards. They include NASA, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering. He is a member of the National Science Board.
The National Space Council and Users Advisory Group are expected to focus on regulatory reforms in the commercial spaceflight industry this morning. It is the second meeting of the council, which was relaunched in 2017 by President Donald Trump.
According to the White House, Peterson and candidates await official appointment by the administrator of NASA. The advisory group is tasked to fulfill President Trump's mandate to "foster close coordination, cooperation and technology and information exchange" across our nation's space enterprise.
Election to the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group:
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut
Tory Bruno, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance
Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman
Dean Cheng, Scholar at the Heritage Foundation
Eileen Collins, 4-time Shuttle astronaut, first female shuttle commander
Steve Crisafulli, Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and CEO of The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
Adm. Jim Ellis, Retired 4-star Admiral, former head of STRATCOM, and member of the Space Foundation Board of Directors
Tim Ellis, CEO of Relativity Space
Newt Gingrich, Author, former Speaker of the House
Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation
Homer Hickam, Author of the book “Rocket Boys” and former NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center engineer
Governor Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama
Fred Klipsch, Founder and Chairman of Hoosiers for Quality Education
Les Lyles, Retired 4-star Air Force General and member of the NASA Advisory Council
Pam Melroy, 3-time Shuttle astronaut and former Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of the Boeing Company
Fatih Ozmen, CEO of the Sierra Nevada Corporation
G.P. Bud Peterson, President of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Jack Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut and former Senator
Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX
Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin
Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
David Thompson, Founder and CEO of Orbital ATK
Pamela Vaughan, Board Certified Science Teacher
Mandy Vaughn, President of VOX Launch Company
Stu Witt, Founder of Mojave Air and Spaceport, former Navy pilot, former Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
David Wolf, 4-time Shuttle astronaut and physician
Pete Worden, Former Air Force General and NASA Ames Center Director