Category Archives: Systems Engineering and Project Management

This blog posts news about systems engineering, including links to industry news and articles, and announcements of continuing education for professionals who are working in systems engineering and project management.

The nomination of Bolden as NASA Administrator, and Lori Garver as Deputy NASA Administrator.

On May 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Bolden as NASA Administrator, and Lori Garver as Deputy NASA Administrator.

Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

NASA, Assistant Deputy Administrator
USNA, Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen
Charles Frank “Charlie” Bolden, Jr.
NASA Astronaut
Born August 19, 1946 (1946-08-19) (age 62)
Columbia, South Carolina

Time in space 28d 08h 37m
Selection 1980 NASA Group
Missions STS-61-C, STS-31, STS-45, STS-60
Mission insignia

Charles Frank “Charlie” Bolden, Jr., (born August 19, 1946 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States) is a retired U.S. Marine Corps major general and a former NASA astronaut. A 1968 graduate of the United States Naval Academy (USNA), he became a Marine Aviator and test pilot. After his service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he became Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the USNA. Bolden is the virtual host of the Shuttle Launch Experience attraction at Kennedy Space Center.[1] Bolden also serves on the board of directors for the Military Child Education Coalition.

On May 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Bolden as NASA Administrator, and Lori Garver as Deputy NASA Administrator. [2] Bolden will take office after confirmation by the United States Senate.[3][4]

Workers For The U.S. Satellite Industry

I thought that this was interesting:

by Marion Blakey, President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association

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The U.S. satellite industry has a great deal to worry about these days ­— lost opportunities due to outdated export control rules, global competition from more and more countries every day, the various technical challenges of providing new services — but there’s another issue out there affecting the entire aerospace industry that demands attention in the satellite sector — a looming workforce crisis.

The U.S. aerospace industry workforce is currently dominated by aging workers — baby boomers who were enthralled with space travel and answered our nation’s call to win the Space Race and put Americans on the moon. Today, nearly 60 percent of aerospace workers were age 45 or older in 2007, with retirement eligibility either imminent or already reached.

There is a growing need to replace these experienced workers, especially the engineer talent pool, with capable new talent to ensure that the United States continues to be the world’s leader in satellite technology and other important aerospace applications. But there are not sufficient numbers of young people studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — the STEM disciplines — that would put them on the path to enter aerospace careers and replace our retiring workers.

There is very strong competition for our nation’s brightest math- and science-oriented students. Aerospace companies are forced to share talent with a variety of high-tech industries that were not even around when baby boomers were selecting their careers. For example, more than half of those who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in engineering go into totally unrelated fields for employment. And the numbers earning advanced degrees in STEM subject areas lag other fields by huge margins.

More at http://www.satmagazine.com/cgi-bin/display_article.cgi?number=1220945084

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