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Speakers on space programs and opportunities scheduled

Raymond S. Colladay, former president of Lockheed Martin Astronautics, will speak on "Careers in Aerospace: A Government and Industry Perspective" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in New Mexico State University's Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 104.


y's presentation is the first of three scheduled this semester in a speakers program co-sponsored by General Dynamics and New Mexico State's Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. It is free and open to the public.

The other two speakers will be Maj. Gen. Paul D. Nielsen, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, who will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9; and Kerry Wesley, vice president in charge of the engineering division of Spectrum Astro Inc., a Gilbert, Ariz., manufacturer of satellites for commercial, civil and military projects, who will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Both will speak in Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 104.

The speakers program is part of an effort by General Dynamics and the Klipsch School to increase the public's awareness of government and civilian space programs and to let New Mexico State engineering students see the possibilities of careers in space, said Charles E. Boehmer, a former program manager for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Co., who is co-teaching a class on space mission analysis at New Mexico State.

Boehmer and Gary Geyer, a former vice president for defense systems with Lockheed Martin Astronautics, are co-teaching the class as another part of the joint General Dynamics and Klipsch School effort.

Colladay is a past director of the Defense Advanced Projects Agency and was associate administrator of NASA's research and technology development for aeronautics and space from 1969 to 1988. From 1985 to 1988, he led NASA's Program Recovery Task Force in the aftermath of the Challenger accident.

Jack King
March 13, 2002