• September 22, 2021
 UTEP President Wilson named to Blue Origin’s Board of Advisors

UTEP President Wilson named to Blue Origin’s Board of Advisors

Tuesday morning, officials with Blue Origin announced the formation of its Board of Advisors, which includes notable former government space leaders, industry executives, as well as UTEP’s President.

“We are so proud to have attracted this amazingly talented group of experts. This Board will help us drive our mission forward, provide us guidance on our key initiatives and serve as strategic advisors to our leadership team,” said Bob Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Origin.

Officials with the private space launch firm say the Board will provide “strategic counsel on the company’s mission to radically reduce the cost of access to space and the utilization of in-space resources. In doing so, the Board will further advance Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit the Earth.”

Dr. Wilson was named the President of The University of Texas at El Paso in 2019 after serving as Secretary of the United States Air Force. She is a member of the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation and she chairs the Women in Aviation Advisory Board of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin aims to make access to space cheaper and more reliable through reusable launch vehicles.

Blue Origin’s headquarters is in Kent, Washington; while their launch facility is located just north of Van Horn, 120 miles east of El Paso.

The Blue Origin Advisory Board members are:
  • The Honorable Kari A. Bingen – Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security
  • Dr. Charles Elachi – Former Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Dr. Dan Hastings – Aeronautics and Astronautics Department Head, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and former Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force
  • Major General Sue Mashiko, USAF (Ret.) – Former Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office
  • Todd May – Senior Vice President, Space and Mission Solutions, KBR and former Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Bill Smith – Former President, Primex Technologies Aerospace Division
  • The Honorable Heather Wilson – President, University of Texas at El Paso, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, and former Member, U.S. House of Representatives

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