Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.) has accepted the offer to be an SEDC 2014 keynote speaker. Bolden is the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He had a 34-year career with the Marine Corps that included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. Bolden has traveled to orbit four times between the years of 1986 and 1994 (STS-61-C, STS-31, STS-45, and STS-60).
Maj. Gen. Bolden attend the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Science and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. As a Naval Aviator, Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions between 1972 – 1973. He then earned a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1977. He then proceeded to test a variety of ground attach aircraft at the Navel Air Test Cent’s Systems Engineering and Strike Aircraft Test Directorates. In 1980 Bolden started his NASA career which included technical assignments as the Astronaut Office Safety Officer; Technical Assistant to the Director of Flight Crew Operations; Special Assistant to the Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston; Chief of the Safety Division at Johnson; lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and Assistant Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters. Bolden finished his career in the Marine Corps as the Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Station Miramar in San Diego, California.