Did you know some of the research conducted in space makes our lives on Earth better? Interested in learning more? Join host Duff Watkins and our guest Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. on this episode of the How Business Really Works Podcast.
Robert Lightfoot is NASA’s Acting Administrator, a role he added January 20 in addition to his permanent position for the last five years as NASA’s Associate Administrator, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant position. Robert Lightfoot is NASA’s Acting Administrator, a role he added January 20 in addition to his permanent position for the last five years as NASA’s Associate Administrator, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant position.
Lightfoot actually is a rocket scientist. He began his NASA career 28 years ago. He spent his early career in testing and propulsion at Marshall Space Flight Center then at Stennis Space Center. He spent two years at NASA Headquarters for space shuttle return to flight and initial transition and retirement activities. He then returned to Marshall and became the center director.
Lightfoot earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Alabama. Among myriad awards, three times he has received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executives -- the highest honor attainable for federal government work. The astronaut office awarded him the Silver Snoopy award for enhancing flight safety and mission success.
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