George E. Mueller
Chief Executive Officer, Kistler Aerospace and
Former head of NASA's manned lunar landing program
Wednesday, February 7, 2001
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
From 1963 through 1969, Dr. Mueller led the program that put Americans on the moon. As head of the Manned Space Flight Program for NASA during that period, he was responsible for the Gemini, Apollo and Saturn programs. In this role, the Kennedy, Johnson and Marshall Space Flight Centers reported to him. He was the originator of Skylab, the world's first space station, and is acknowledged to be the "Father of the Space Shuttle." He is the author of "An Integrated Program of Space Utilization and Exploration," which has been the guiding document for NASA following the Apollo program. After leaving NASA, Dr. Mueller became Senior Vice President of General Dynamics Corporation from 1969 through 1971, and then Chairman and President of System Development Corporation from 1971 through 1983. From 1983-1995 he was President of Jojoba Propagation Laboratories and Chairman of Desert King Jojoba Corporation. Currently he is Chief Executive Officer of Kistler Aerospace where he is the driving force behind development of the Kistler K-1, the first fully reusable aerospace vehicle, designed to deliver satellites to low-Earth orbit and provide a low-cost alternative to single-use launch vehicles. Dr. Mueller is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Science, three NASA Distinguished Service Medals and the International Academy of Astronautics' Von Karman Award.