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John J. Hudiburg, Ph.D.
Former Lead Aerospace Technologist for Business Development
External Relations

John J. Hudiburg, Ph.D., was the lead aerospace technologist for Business Development at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

Business Development was established to integrate business policy & plans and coordinate outreach & proposal activity across the Center's twelve directorates. It identifies and creates opportunities that support both NASA's mission and America's Vision for Space Exploration. Planners and technologists cultivate effective partnerships with state and local governments to animate Centerwide strategies that lead to future spaceport systems and capabilities.

Since joining the U.S. Space Agency in 1983, his accomplishments include forming a joint NASA and Air Force office that assisted aerospace entrepreneurs seeking to develop America's commercial space industry. In 2000, he was selected as a Brookings Institute Fellow for the 107th U.S. Congress. He was the chief engineer for the X-34 experimental rocket-plane program. In this position, he had overall responsibilities for technical integration of both government and industries engineering design and production. He also has served at NASA Headquarters as project engineer for Space Station Propulsion and at Marshall and Johnson Space Centers on three Spacelab mission operations teams.

Hudiburg's educational background includes a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, a M. Eng. in Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His research at Vanderbilt created a unique interdisciplinary approach to technology management, joining the separate disciplines of engineering management and political science to solve international cooperation issues.

Over two decades with NASA, Hudiburg has received many honors and awards, including two Special Service Awards for his contribution to the International Space Station and X-34 Programs and two Group Achievement Awards for his contribution to the highly successful Spacelab mission. In 1997, he received the Georgia Institute of Technology's distinguished young alumni award. He is a member of AIAA and the National Space Club and a licensed Professional Engineer (aerospace).

Hudiburg was born in Stuart, Fla., but considers Miami to be his hometown. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Merritt Island, Fla. He is the father of two sons, Carl and Eric, with whom he shares their never-ending quest for adventure and exploration.

May 2006

Biographies - Current Employees