Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Terry Alan


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Personal data

Birthdate:  03 Dec 1949
Birthplace:  Cedar City / Utah
Marital status:  married
Children:  five
Selection date:  ??.08.1979
Selection group:  MSE-1
Position:  MSE
Status:  Ret. ??.03.1985 (from MSE program)


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Additional information

Bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the Utah State University, 1972; master of science and Ph.D. from Stanford University, 1974 and 1980, respectively; Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Ret. on July 1, 2000); 1979 selected for MSE group 1. After leaving the MSE program in 1985, he moved to Washington DC to work for the Secretary of the Air Force. He left active duty in 1987 and continued to serve in various capacities in the US Air Force Reserves until he retired in June 2000. Following active duty, he worked for Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado from 1987 to 1996 as Senior Program Manager and Program Development Manager where he led the company's small-sat initiative TECHSTARS which led to the DARPA light-sat program. He was the program manager for the DARPASAT satellite program from conception through launch and operations. He went to Computing Devices International (formerly, Control Data Corporation) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which later became General Dynamics, as Chief Scientist from 1996-1998, and then to Denver, Colorado as Director of Special Program from 1998 - 2001. He joined the Aerojet Corp in Boulder, Colorado, which later became Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems, as Chief Scientist from 2001 - 2004. He was co-founder and Chief Scientist of Signal Research Corp in Littleton, Colorado from 2003 - 2006. He then joined Raytheon Co. in Linthicum, Maryland as Chief Engineer from 2004 - 2008 spending almost a year in London in 2006 - 2007 working on the UK e-Borders Programme. He is currently Chief Engineer, Mission Innovation, at Northrop Grumman Information Systems in Aurora, Colorado.


Last update on April 27, 2010.