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Accident Investigation Board Holds Seventh Public Hearing
and Press Briefing
WASHINGTON The Columbia Accident Investigation Board
(CAIB) will hold their seventh public hearing followed by
a press briefing on Thursday, June 12. The public hearing
will be from 9 a.m. to noon, EDT followed by a press briefing
at 1 p.m. EDT. Both events will be held at the National Transportation
Safety Board Conference Center, 429 L Enfant Plaza,
SW, Washington, D.C.
The Board's chairman, retired Navy Admiral Harold W. "Hal"
Gehman Jr., and other board members will hear from individuals
who have been asked to appear before the Board to discuss
the history and management of the Shuttle Program. The public
is welcome to attend.
Speakers include: Allen Li, Director of Acquisition Sourcing
Management, US. General Accounting Office; Marcia Smith, Senior
Level Specialist in Aerospace and Telecommunications Policy
for the Resources, Science and Industry Division, Congressional
Research Service Library of Congress; Russell D. Turner, President,
Honeywell Engines Systems and Services.
Following the public hearing a press briefing will be held
with Chairman, Admiral Hal Gehman and board members from the
CAIB's four working groups. The members will provide an update
about the ongoing investigation. Both events can be viewed
by webcast at www.caib.us.
members of the working press are welcome to attend the press
Following are brief biographies of the public hearing speakers:
June 12, 2003
9 a.m. 12 p.m.
Allen Li is Director of Acquisition Sourcing Management,
at the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). Mr. Li is responsible
for leading GAOs work at the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) and in reviewing other defense
areas such as tactical aircraft.
Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Li was an Associate
Director in GAOs Energy, Resources and Science Issue
area where he directed work on research and development, nuclear
safety, and Department of Energy management issues. Over the
past 23 years at GAO, he has worked in several units, including
GAOs Transportation Issue Area where he specialized
in aviation safety and air traffic control modernization.
Mr. Li has frequently testified before Senate and House committees
and subcommittees on civil and military issues. He was selected
into GAOs Senior Executive Service and designated Associate
Director of Transportation Issues. Mr. Li has a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University
of Maryland. He is a senior member of the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Marcia Smith is a Senior Level Specialist in Aerospace
and Telecommunications Policy for the Resources, Science,
and Industry Division of the Congressional Research Service,
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. She serves as a policy
analyst for the Members and committees of the U.S. Congress
on matters concerning U.S. and foreign military and civilian
space activities, and on Telecommunications issues including
the Internet (and formerly on nuclear energy).
Previously, she held the position of Section Head for Space
and Defense Technologies and for Energy, Aerospace and Transportation
Technologies in the Science Policy Research Division.
Ms. Smith served as Executive Director of the U.S. National
Commission on Space. The Commission created by Congress and
its members appointed by the President, developed long- term
(50 year) goals for the civilian space program under the chairmanship
of (the late) former NASA Administrator, Thomas Paine.
She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics (AIAA), the British Interplanetary Society and
the American Astronautical Society. Ms. Smith is an Emeritus
Member, founder and past president of Women in Aerospace and
a Life Member of the New York Academy of Sciences and of the
Washington Academy of Sciences.
Ms. Smith is the North American Editor for the quarterly journal,
Space Policy and the author or co-author of more than 220
reports and articles on space, nuclear energy, and telecommunications
and Internet issues. She is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Russell D. (Russ) Turner is President of Honeywell
Engines, Systems and Services. He was formerly President and
Chief Executive Officer for United Space Alliance (USA). At
USA he was responsible for overseeing the operations of the
Space Shuttle and elements of the International Space Station,
under the Space Flight Operations Contract (SFOC). He participated
in the formation of United Space Alliance and served as USA's
chief information officer.
Prior to his position at USA, he served as Vice President
and General Manager of Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power, a
division of The Boeing Company and as Vice President and General
Manager of Reusable Space Systems for Boeing. His responsibilities
included directing space-related activities for the Space
Shuttle Main Engine program, International Space Station Electric
Power System, liquid rocket booster engines for Expendable
Launch Vehicles, linear aero spike engines for X-33 and RLV
and for the overall management of such programs as Space Shuttle
and the ISS Crew Return Vehicle,
Turner also held positions with Rockwell, in information technology,
business management, business development and program management.
He was manager of Technical Systems and Computing Services,
director of Engineering Systems, division director of Information
Management, Program Director for Space Shuttle Upgrades.
Tom Young held many positions in the space community;
he retired as President and CEO of Martin Marietta Corporation.
He was formerly Martin Mariettas Vice President of Aerospace
Research and Engineering. Prior to his positions at Martin
Marietta, he was Director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
and held other responsible positions with NASA. Since his
retirement, Mr. Young has chaired a number of advisory efforts
for NASA and the Department of Defense, including NASAs
Space Flight Advisory Committee and the Task Force on International
Space Station Cost and Management Evaluation.
Mr. Young received a Master of Management Degree from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Aeronautical
Engineering Degree and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Degree from the University of Virginia. He is a member of
the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Young has received
numerous honors and awards including NASA's highest award,
the Distinguished Service Medal, for his role in the Viking