Michael Griffin


Chairman, SERC Advisory Board and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Schafer Corporation

Research Role: Advisory Board

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Michael Griffin is a senior technology contributor and leader, with extensive experience serving the national interest in government, industry, and academia. Before joining Schafer, he served as the 11th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), from April 2005 to January 2009 and most recently was Eminent Scholar and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Prior to his nomination as NASA Administrator, Griffin was the Space Department Head at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, President and Chief Operating Officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc., and served in several positions within Orbital Sciences Corporation, including Chief Executive Officer of Orbital’s Magellan Systems division and General Manager of the Space Systems Group.

Earlier in his career, Griffin served as Chief Engineer and as Associate Administrator for exploration at NASA, and as Deputy for Technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University, where he taught courses in spacecraft design, applied mathematics, guidance and navigation, compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, spacecraft attitude control, astrodynamics and introductory aerospace engineering.

Griffin holds seven academic degrees, including: a B.S. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University; a M.S. in Aerospace Science from Catholic University of America; a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland; a M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California; a M.S. in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University; a M.A. in Business Administration from Loyola College; and a M.S.E. in Civil Engineering from George Washington University.

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