Mr. Goldin will describe creative solutions to overcoming seemingly impossible scientific, technical, and public policy challenges.
Daniel Goldin was the longest-serving Administrator in NASA's history, presiding over the agency from 1992-2001. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of the Intellisis Companies which focus on high-tech consulting and the development of biologically inspired technologies, including the next generation of computers and robots.
Goldin is credited with transforming NASA into a fiscally responsible and scientifically innovative agency. Among other accomplishments, he initiated the Origins Program to study how our solar system formed, how life on Earth began and to explore whether it exists elsewhere in the universe. He was also a vigorous proponent for increased exploration to determine if water and life may have ever existed elsewhere in our own solar system.
Independent U.S. government agency established in 1958 for research and development of vehicles and activities for aeronautics and space exploration. Its goals include improving human understanding of the universe, the solar system, and Earth and establishing a permanent human presence in space. NASA, previously the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), was created largely in response to the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957. Its organization was well under way in 1961, when Pres. John F. Kennedy proposed that the U.S. put a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s (seeApollo). Later unmanned programs (e.g., Viking, Mariner, Voyager, Galileo) explored other planets and interplanetary space, and orbiting observatories (e.g., the Hubble Space Telescope) have studied the cosmos. NASA also developed and launched various satellites with Earth applications, such as Landsat and communications and weather satellites. It planned and developed the space shuttle and led the development and construction of the International Space Station.