Johns Hopkins Gazette | December 15, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 15, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 15
NASA Head to Speak at Leaders & Legends Series

Michael Griffin

By Andrew Blumberg
Carey Business School

Michael Griffin, NASA administrator, is the scheduled speaker for this month's installment of the Carey Business School's Leaders & Legends breakfast speaker series, to be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.

Prior to his current post, Griffin was head of the Space Department at Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Laboratory. He was previously president and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel Inc., and also served in several positions within Orbital Sciences Corp., including chief executive officer of its Magellan Systems Division and general manager of the Space Systems Group.

A registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and California, Griffin received his bachelor's degree in physics from Johns Hopkins; master's degrees from Johns Hopkins (physics), Catholic University of America (aerospace science), the University of Southern California (electrical engineering) and George Washington University (civil engineering); and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. He also holds an MBA from Loyola College.

The lead author of more than two dozen technical papers as well as the textbook Space Vehicle Design, Griffin is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Space Systems Medal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by that department to a nongovernment employee.

The Leaders & Legends monthly breakfast series features today's most influential business and public policy leaders addressing topics of global interest and importance. The series is designed to engage business and community professionals in an examination of the most compelling issues and challenges facing society today.

Admission to the lecture, which in- cludes breakfast, is $35. To register and for more information, go to


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