Guest Speaker: Mr. Christopher J. Scolese, Goddard Center Director
Breakfast Begins at 7:15am, Program Starts at 7:45am
Mr. Christopher Scolese is the center director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Scolese assumed his post on March 5, 2012. Scolese previously served as NASA associate administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
As associate administrator, Scolese was responsible for the oversight and integration of NASA's programmatic and technical efforts to ensure the successful accomplishment of the agency's overall mission. From Jan. 20, 2009, until July 2009, Scolese served as the acting administrator of NASA. As the acting administrator, he was responsible for leading the development, design, and implementation of the nation's civil space program. As such, Scolese provided overall leadership for NASA's multiple field installations, worked closely with the Executive and Legislative branches to ensure that NASA was supporting appropriate national policy, and led an international collaboration in carrying out high-profile space missions including the space shuttle, the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and a multitude of other scientific and technological efforts.
Previously, Scolese served as NASA's chief engineer. As chief engineer, Scolese was responsible for ensuring that development efforts and mission operations within the agency were planned and conducted on a sound engineering basis, as well as for the long-term health of the NASA engineering workforce.