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Mr. Thomas N. Tate


Mr. Tate was Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Aerospace Industries Association for 17 years. Before joining AIA in 1987, he served on the staff of the House Committee on Science and Technology in positions that included Counsel and Special Assistant to the Chairman. He also served with the House Subcommittee on Space Science and Applications and the House Subcommittee on Energy Research and Development. At the Space Division of Rockwell International, 1962-1973, Tate worked in engineering and marketing on programs such as the Gemini Paraglider, Apollo, Apollo/Soyuz, and the Space Shuttle. He eventually became Director of Space Operations. Earlier, he worked for RCA's Missile and Surface Radar Division (1958-1962), and he served in the U.S. Army as Artillery and Guided Missile Officer. Tate received a B.S. from the University of Scranton, 1956. With his 1970 J.D. from Western State University College of Law, he was named that year's most outstanding student. In 1991, he received the University of Scranton's Frank J. O'Hara Award for Distinguished Alumni in Science and Technology. Tate is adviser to the National Space Institute and member of aerospace and defense associations such as AIAA and the National Space Club. For 15 years, Tate served on the NASA Senior Executive Service Salary and Performance Review Board.

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