What Has Space Exploration Done For You?


September 14, 2015 – The University of Colorado is kicking off Space Month celebrations with a presentation today by Frank T. Buzzard, Retired NASA Chief Engineer for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. His talk is entitled, “What Has Space Exploration Done For You?”

Why do we explore? Why is exploration important to all of us? What technologies do we see every day that benefit all humankind that came directly from space exploration? Find out at this special presentation hosted by Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU-Boulder.

The talk will begin at 3:00 p.m. on September 14 in the UMC Gallery (2nd floor, SW part of the building.) It’s free and open to the public.

Buzzard spent a distinguished 30 year career with NASA at the Johnson Space Center retiring in 2003 after leading the Columbia Investigation Task Force. He then served as Barrios Technology, Inc Program Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) Mission Integration Contract from 2003-2005. During his NASA career Mr. Buzzard served as Chief Engineer of the Space Shuttle, Chief Engineer of the ISS, and ISS Program Director/Senior System Integration Manager at NASA HQ . He received numerous NASA awards including the Distinguished Service and Exceptional Service (2) Medals.

Buzzard was born in Wilkinsburg, PA in 1947. He grew up in Longmont, CO and graduated from Longmont High School in 1965. He served as a US Army helicopter pilot for 5 years including a combat tour in Vietnam as a Chinook pilot for the 101st Airborne Division. Mr. Buzzard received a BS in Aerospace Engineering with special honors from the University of Colorado in 1974 as the top engineering graduate. He received a MS in Physical Science from the University of Houston in 1981. He attended Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Managers in Government in 1993. Mr. Buzzard lives in Bryan/College Station, TX and has an aerospace consulting business, Frank Buzzard Consulting, Inc.