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Upcoming Post Activity

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Joint Meeting with the M-SP Student Post
The meeting will be at the University of St. Thomas
and will be on Thursday rather than Wednesday

Leadership and Life Lessons Learned

John M. Olson, PhD
Vice President, Sierra Nevada Space Systems


Our February meeting will focus on John M. Olson’s personal journey through aeronautics, space, the military, industry, and the White House.  John will be sharing unique experiences and knowledge learned through several diverse experiences and will provide simple, but valuable, ideas, and concepts that can be applied and leveraged in everyday life.

Speaker Bio:  

Dr. Olson is the Vice President for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems Group, based in Louisville, Colorado, where he is responsible for space exploration and advanced development, including the Dream Chaser program, a modern reusable lifting body space system for crew and cargo transport to low Earth orbit.  His portfolio includes industry, international, interagency, and institutional/academia relationships and he also leads White House, Congressional, policy, and regulatory engagement as the head of the SNC Space Systems Government Affairs Office in the Washington DC area.  Dr. Olson joined SNC in July of 2013.

Dr. Olson is a member of National Academies’ National Research Council Air and Space Engineering Board.  He also continues to serve as the Director of the Joint Reserve in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering as an Air Force Reserve officer at the Pentagon.  He has 26 years of government service in aerospace, technology, development and ops.  Dr. Olson holds Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, another M.S. degree in Aviation Systems, Avionics, and Human Factors from the University of Tennessee, and a Doctorate in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University.  He is also a graduate the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows Program, the Defense Language Institute, Air War College, and is a graduate of Air Force Test Pilot School.


Meeting Location: 

University of St. Thomas' Anderson Student Center in the Iversen Hearth Room #ASC 340.  Parking at Anderson Parking Facility at 2115 Summit Ave.  For location of parking lot and the building were the meeting will take place, see map at:


Meeting Schedule and Logistics:

  • Social time and lunch (if you so desire) will be from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the Iversen Hearth Room #ASC 340 .
  • Luncheon cost is $15 per person payable at the door
  • Post Meeting and Presentation will be from 12:30 PM to about 2:00 PM.
  • 1-PDH for this Presentation.



Reservations ARE REQUIRED for this meeting.  Please RSVP with your intent to either partake in the cafeteria-style lunch or to come for the presentation only; this will help the Officers Club staff to ensure that an adequate amount of food is prepared.  Either leave a voice mail message with Michelle Larson at 651-290-5632, or click the RSVP button in the left-hand column, or send an email message to