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WAYNE R. HUDSON Work: (301)-286-8497

Current Position:
Special Assistant to the Director
Engineering Directorate;
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland 27701

Government Service

I am currently in the process of transitioning to the Special Assistant job at Goddard. I will have responsibilities for managing the commercialization activities at Goddard Spaceflight Center. My previous position as the Deputy Director for Commercial Development and Technology Transfer at NASA Headquarters included leadership of the NASA strategy for the implementation of NASA's agency-wide strategy for technology transfer. This includes oversight of activities at all ten NASA Centers and at an equal number of external agents. I was also the senior NASA official responsible for the Small Business Innovative Research Program. My previous thirty-one year NASA career has included experience in all aspects of Space Technology --basic research in low temperature physics (superconductivity), engineering development in superconducting and cryogenic magnets, ion thruster component and system optimization, and non-propulsive applications of ion beams; contract management in electric propulsion development; program management in electric propulsion and power at NASA Headquarters; interagency coordination with the USAF as NASA Resident Office Manager at the Air Force Space Technology Center; technology planning and advocacy as the OAST focal point for science and applications technology opportunities and requirements culminating in the definition and successful advocacy of the CSTI and Pathfinder Initiatives. I've led the development of the Outreach space experiments program. I've chaired the non-advocacy review of the ISTP program for OSSA and an intercenter group to review the need for Space Experiment Facilities. During the early 1990s, I've had responsibility for working with the Space and Earth Science Communities to determine their technology needs and priorities. The Space Science and Operations Division had responsibility for science sensors programs, data programs, robotics, and autonomous systems.

Previous Positions Held:

-Director Space Science and Operations Division
-Assistant Director of Space (Spacecraft Technology)
-Manager NASA Resident Office; USAF Space Technology Center, Albq. N.M.
-Electric Propulsion and Power Program Manager, OAST NASA Headquarters
-Aerospace Engineer Ion Propulsion Research and Technology, NASA Lewis Research Center,Cleveland, Ohio
-Research Scientist Cryophysics and Magnetics Branch, NASA Lewis


MS in Physics; (1969)John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio (Thesis on Superconductivity)
BES in Engineering Science; Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

Other Training and Development:

NASA Senior Executive Program; May 1988
Brookings Institute--Science, Technology and the Future; June 1986
NASA Management Education Program; June 1985
Development Detail --Resident Office Manager AFSTC, Albuq, N.M.1983-84
Federal Executive Institute; March 1981
Short Course in Advanced Energy Conversion-Arizona State Univ-Mar 1979


CSTI Team Achievement Award--1987
Sensor Working Group Group Achievement Award--1986
Special Act and Service Award--1984
NASA Exceptional Performance Award--1980
NASA Technical Brief Award--1978
NASA Group Achievement Award (Ion Beam Applications)--1976

Last update January 21, 1996