SPP Forms Center for Aerospace Technology and Management

Posted: April 18, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The School of Public Policy (SPP) has formed the Center for Aerospace Technology and Management. The new center was created to examine the development of aerospace policy and how it affects other policy.

“The aerospace center formalizes an interest SPP has had in the past,” says Ken Button, professor of public policy and director of the center. “It is a logical extension of the schoool’s existing activities in this area.”

Button notes that NASA is heavily involved in the center’s development. In addition to assisting in the creation of internal training programs at NASA, the center will utilize the space agency’s expertise in SPP’s Continuing Career Program (CCP). Through partnerships with business and government, CCP allows highly skilled employees to continue using their expertise as they make a transition into retirement as a result of reorganization or downsizing.

The center also plans to publish a book on the work of the late Frank Hoban, senior fellow at SPP and director of the CCP. The work will be based on Hoban’s contributions to Spaceport Infrastructure Handbook, a comprehensive reference tool that outlines present and future infrastructure requirements for spaceports in 2002, 2020, and 2050. The book’s authors are 10 former NASA employees who were selected for the CCP upon their retirement from the agency.

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