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.
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.
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: http://www.same-msp.org/PDF/StThomas_University_CampusMap.pdf.
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 .
$15 per person payable at the door.
Post Meeting and
Presentation will be from
12:30 PM to about
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