Board of Directors

Coalition for Deep Space Exploration


CDSE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Andrew Allen

Vice President and General Manager, Jacobs Space Operations Group (JSOG)

 

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Andrew Allen is the CEO of Aerodyne Industries LLC, a service-disabled, veteran-owned, small business that is a top engineering and IT solutions company.

He also serves in a new capacity for Jacobs as Vice President, supporting the Senior Vice President of Advanced Engineering, Research and Operations. In this role Allen represents Jacobs in industry partnerships focused on NASA and space exploration and supports other Jacobs strategic activities and business pursuits. Previous to this assignment, he was the Vice President and General Manager of Jacobs Space Operations Group at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, FL.

Allen’s entire career has been dedicated to aerospace. Prior to joining Jacobs, he served in various space industry leadership positions including Vice President of Space Programs and Requirements for Honeywell, Vice President of International Military Aircraft for Honeywell and Associate Program Manager for Ground Operations with United Space Alliance. Selected by NASA in 1987, Allen became an astronaut in 1988 and is a veteran of three space flights – logging more than 900 hours in space as the pilot on STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, and mission commander on STS-75 in 1996. He was the Director of Space Station Requirements at NASA Headquarters until 1997. A retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, he graduated from the Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), and U.S. Navy Test Pilot School prior to his selection to the astronaut program. He has flown over 6,000 hours in over 30 different aircraft.

Allen earned his MBA from the University of Florida (2004) and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University (1977). He has received numerous awards and honors during his career including an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Daniel Webster College; Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Villanova University; Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Bucks County Community College; as well as numerous medals and accolades in recognition of exemplary military and NASA service, such as the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Single Mission Air Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and NASA Space Flight Medal.

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Lisa B. Callahan

Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

 

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Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of execution and growth for commercial and civil markets in human and robotic deep space exploration, communications, and weather and remote sensing. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.

In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management.

Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program, and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business.

Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she is a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.

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Jim Chilton

Senior Vice President, Space and Launch, Boeing Defense, Space & Security Boeing

 

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Jim Chilton is senior vice president of the Space and Launch division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). The Space and Launch portfolio includes the International Space Station; the CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle; NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS); government and commercial satellite systems; and Boeing’s partnership in United Launch Alliance. Prior to his current role, Chilton led Network & Space Systems and was previously the vice president and general manager of Strategic Missile & Defense Systems and vice president and program manager for Exploration Launch Systems. He also served as program manager for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) and led final assembly and testing of space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle payloads, including hardware destined for the International Space Station.

Chilton is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and of the IAA Board of Trustees, Engineering Sciences Section. He has also served on the board of directors for the National Children’s Advocacy Center and the International Astronautical Federation industry relations committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also completed the systems acquisition course for general and flag officers at Defense Acquisition University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.

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Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D

Emerita

 

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Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar joined the Board in an honorary position as “Emerita” after stepping down from her leadership position as President and CEO of CDSE at the end of 2020. During her tenure, Dr. Dittmar transformed the Coalition from an ad hoc communications group of 4 companies to a 501c6 trade group of more than 60 companies and universities, supporting America’s space programs in human exploration and science and the development of space technology, while serving as a strong advocate for the space industry. Previously she founded and managed several companies including her own consulting firm, Dittmar Associates, to which she returned in February 2020. Her prior experience includes managing systems integration for assembly, activation and checkout of the International Space Station program for Boeing and serving as Chief Scientist for Commercial Payloads for the ISS. Dr. Dittmar is a Fellow of the National Research Society and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. She served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Spaceflight and is a member of Space Studies Board for the National Academies. She continues to serve on the Users’ Advisory Group of the National Space Council and the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.

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Jim Maser

Vice President, Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit Aerojet Rocketdyne

 

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Senior Vice President of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Space Business Unit since August 2018, Jim Maser has more than 32 years of global aerospace experience and leadership, spanning entrepreneurial space launch, human spaceflight, as well as commercial and military jet engines. Prior to joining Aerojet Rocketdyne, he served as president of James G. Advisors, LLC, a strategy, leadership and technical execution consulting firm. He also held a number of roles within Pratt & Whitney between 2006 and 2017, including vice president of the F135 engine program and president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, where he was responsible for the design, manufacture and performance of power and propulsion systems across numerous platforms.

Maser graduated magna cum laude from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering. He later received a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2000, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) honored him with its George M. Low Space Transportation Award. Additionally, he serves on the board of trustees and is the immediate past president of AIAA. Maser also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Firefly Aerospace Inc. He previously served on the board of directors of the Space Foundation as well as the California Chamber of Commerce.

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Charles J. Precourt

Vice President, Propulsion Systems Northrop Grumman

 

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Charlie Precourt is the vice president of Propulsion Systems for Northrop Grumman’s Launch and Missile Defense Systems. He is responsible for key programs including the solid rocket booster for NASA’s Space Launch System, Trident II (D5) and Minuteman III strategic missile product lines, the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program and commercial rocket motors and products.

Precourt joined Northrop Grumman in March 2005 as vice president, Strategy and Business Development, and was responsible for business market analysis, developing new customer and market opportunities and matching Northrop Grumman’s capabilities and synergies to customer requirements.

Before coming to Northrop Grumman, Precourt had a distinguished 15-year career with NASA. He is a veteran of four space flights—including two as mission commander—and has logged more than 932 hours in space. He was also deputy program manager for the International Space Station, chief of the astronaut corps and director of operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

He served for 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base and flew as a test pilot on the F-15E development program. Precourt was an F-15 pilot/instructor/flight commander in Europe and an instructor pilot at both Reese and Edwards Air Force Bases.

Precourt earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in engineering management from Golden State University and a master’s in national security affairs and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He also attended the French Air Force Academy in 1976 as part of an exchange program. He is fluent in both Russian and French.

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