Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Terry Alan


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Personal data

Birthdate:  03 Dec 1949
Birthplace:  Cedar City, Utah
Marital status:  single
Children:  five
Selection date:  ??.08.1979
Selection group:  MSE-1
Position:  MSE
Status:  Ret. ??.03.1985 (from MSE program)


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Additional information

Bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the Utah State University, 1972; master of science and Ph.D. from Stanford University, 1974 and 1980, respectively; masters of science in Information Systems, UMBC, 2013; Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Ret. on July 1, 2000); 1979 selected for MSE group 1. After leaving the MSE program in 1985, he moved to Washington DC to work for the Secretary of the Air Force. He left active duty in 1987 and continued to serve in various capacities in the US Air Force Reserves until he retired in June 2000. Following active duty, he worked for Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado (1987-96) where he led the DARPASAT satellite program; Computing Devices International (formerly, Control Data Corporation, then General Dynamics) as Chief Technologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Denver, Colorado (1996-2001) developing spaceborne computing hardware and airborne signal collection/processing technology; Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems, as Chief Scientist (2001 - 2004) developing space-based IR capabilities. He was co-founder and Chief Scientist of Signal Research Corp in Littleton, Colorado from 2003 - 2006. He then joined Raytheon Co. in Linthicum, Maryland (plus London, UK) as Chief Engineer from 2004 - 2008); Northrop Grumman Mission Systems as Chief Engineer, Mission Innovation in Reston, Virginia and Aurora, Colorado (2008-15). He is also a co-founder of Cognitive Science and Solutions where he is CTO/Chief Technologist. He worked for ALKU Government Solutions as a Sr Integration Analyst (2015-18), and is currently a Research Scientist for CACI/BIT Systems in Aurora, Colorado.


Last update on June 12, 2018.