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Mr. Joseph W. Cuzzupoli

Vice President and K-1 Program Manager, Kistler Aerospace Corporation

Mr. Cuzzupoli has more than 40 years of experience in aerospace engineering and management. He began his career with General Dynamics as Launch Director (1959-1962), and then became Manager of Manufacturing/Engineering and Director of Test Operations for Rockwell International (1962-1966). As Rockwell's Assistant Program Manager for Apollo, Cuzzupoli managed the building and testing of Apollo 6, Apollo 8, Apollo 9, and Apollo 12. He later became Rockwell's Vice President of Operations and then Vice President and Program Manager for the Space Shuttle Orbiter Project. Cuzzupoli left Rockwell in 1980 and consulted on various aerospace projects for NASA centers until 1991 when he joined American Pacific Corporation as Senior Vice President. In his current position at Kistler Aerospace, he has primary responsibility for design and production of the K-1 reusable launch vehicle. Cuzzupoli holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Maine Maritime Academy, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Certificate of Management/Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He was a member of the NASA Advisory Council's Task Force on Shuttle-Mir Rendezvous and Docking Missions and is a current member of the Council's Task Force on International Space Station Operational Readiness.

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