Speaker: Gary Dahlke - Aeronautical Scientist, NASA
Bio: Gary Dahlke
grew up in southwest Florida near the town of Ft. Myers.
Upon graduation from high school he
entered the U. S. Air Force
working in the fields of ballistic missile maintenance, and command and control.
After leaving the Air Force he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989.
After college, Martin Marietta Astronautics Group in Denver, Colorado hired Gary to perform payload integration activities on the Titan IV launch vehicle.
In 1992, he came to Brevard County and was hired by United Technologies to work on the Space Shuttle solid rocket booster (SRB) program.
While working in the SRB program he completed coursework in graduate studies at Embry Riddle and was awarded a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree in 2000.
He worked for NASA in Houston at the Johnson Space Center assigned to flight crew training, and later at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida with United Space Alliance, assigned to orbiter mechanical systems engineering for the Space Shuttle.
In October 2010 Gary
completed work on preparing the orbiter Endeavour for its final trip into space and is now under contract to NASA
to provide training to engineers on small rocket projects at KSC
He has also served as mentor to teams participating in NASAâ€™s University Student Launch Initiative.
is the recipient of the Air Force Achievement Medal for meritorious service, and numerous other military decorations.
was awarded the Total Quality Management Team Award for his
work on the Titian IV program, and the KSC Continuous Improvement
Team Award for work on the shuttle's SRBs.
is also the author of two published technical papers by the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies
Gary is a life member of the Air Force Association and is actively involved with the National Association of Rocketry and the Air Force Auxiliary.
enjoys water skiing, astronomy, and flying large-scale high-power rockets in his