Thomas Zurbuchen is NASA’s new associate administrator for science. Zurbuchen is currently a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, and has worked on several NASA space science missions. He also chaired a National Academies study on the scientific use of cubesats, which was completed earlier this year. Geoff Yoder, who had been serving as the acting associate administrator for science since the retirement of John Grunsfeld earlier this year, plans to retire in December.
Kevin “Morty” Mortensen is now Swedish Space Corp.’s vice president of international marketing. Mortensen, who previously served as director of marketing and business development for SSC’s Satellite Management Services Americas Region unit, will be based out of SSC’s Colorado Springs, Colorado, office.
Wayne Goodman has been chosen to replace David Gorney as the Aerospace Corp.’s executive vice president Dec. 31, upon Gorney’s retirement. Goodman has served as senior vice president of Aerospace Corp’s. operations and support group in charge of public affairs and business operations since 2014.
The International Institute of Space Law gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to Sherman & Howard attorney Skip Smith. The Colorado Springs-based attorney has served as director of space law at U.S. Space Command and chief of space law at the Pentagon’s Air Force Headquarters. He also served in Geneva as the legal adviser for the 50-person U.S. delegation to the International Telecommunication Union Conference on Geostationary Satellite Orbit.
Virginia “Ginger” Barnes, the former CEO of Boeing and Lockheed Martin’s United Space Alliance joint venture that operated NASA’s space shuttle fleet, will chair the Challenger Center starting next August, following her recent election to the position. Josh Izenberg, co-founder and CLO of Off-World, Inc. was elected to the non-profit STEM education organization’s board of directors.