NASA official to speak at Auburn about challenges and vision for the future

AUBURN – NASA’s John Olson will be at Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center to talk about the many challenges facing NASA administrators and about NASA’s vision for the future. Olson is director of the Directorate Integration Office for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C.

Olson will talk about the upcoming shuttle retirement, the transition of the International Space Station from the assembly stage to a fully operational orbiting laboratory and transition plans for the Constellation Program.

In his role with NASA, Olson is responsible for the seamless and efficient integration of NASA’s human and robotic space exploration activities and necessary support structures to sustain their safety and success.

His lecture is hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Cooper Industries seminar series.

Olson also serves as a part time U.S. Air Force Reserve officer at the Pentagon in the National Security Space Office, where his duties include serving as an interagency liaison and expert on science and technology applications, as well as space access, commercial space and industrial base and workforce issues.

Olson received bachelor’s degrees from the United States Air Force, master’s degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Tennessee and a doctorate from Auburn University. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, the Air Force Test Pilot School and the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows program.

(Contributed by Katie Mullinax.)

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