Degree(s): Electrical Science, Systems Management
Undergraduate Institution: US Naval Academy
Graduate Institution: University of Southern California
Photo Credit: NASA
Mr. Charles F. Bolden, Jr. is a former astronaut and the former NASA administrator (appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009). He is a veteran of over four space flights and logged over 680 hours in space. Mr. Bolden’s technical positions spanned across Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Kennedy Space Center, and NASA Headquarters. He was also the first human to have his voice broadcast on the surface of Mars.
Fun Fact: Mr. Bolden’s original appointment to the US Naval Academy as a high-school senior was rejected by the South Carolina Congressional delegation (including Strom Thurmond). After personally writing then-President Lyndon B. Johnson, he was appointed by Rep. William Dawson of Illinois.