Mr. Gary L. Martin

Joined the ISU staff as Vice President of North American Operations in January of 2020.

He has focused his career on sustainable exploration and development of space.

He retired from NASA after 32 years supporting space science missions, advanced technology development, technology transfer, and human spaceflight. In 2002, he became NASA’s first Space Architect, leading strategic planning at the Agency, and the team provided the analysis used to develop the Vision for Space Exploration announced by President Bush in 2004. For this work he was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.

Mr. Martin was seconded by NASA to the International Space University in Strasbourg, France as the Director of the Space Studies Program for SSP06, SSP07, SSP12, and SSP13. In addition, Mr. Martin has been elected multiple times to the ISU Academic Council and continues to lecture and Chair Team Projects for different ISU programs.

In 2017, Mr. Martin became the Senior Advisor to the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy working in the area of space education and research, where he contributed to the establishment of the Luxembourg Space Agency, a multidisciplinary space master degree at the University of Luxembourg and a first of its kind space resources research center.

Mr. Martin holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering from George Washington University, dual bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s in Anthropology from Colorado State University.

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