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Chief System Engineer in the Space Portal Office at the NASA

Bruce Pittman is Chief System Engineer in the Space Portal Office at the NASA Ames Research Center and the Director of Commercial Space Development at OffWorld Inc. Bruce is a co-founder and Chief Space Officer for the not for profit Future Frontiers Institute. He is also the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of the National Space Society. Bruce has a BS in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. He is president of the Silicon Valley Space Club and has authored or co-authored over 4 dozen papers on a technical, management and business topics in aerospace and high technology. He has co-authored two book chapters in Beyond The Earth: The Future of Humans in Space and Space Commerce: The Inside Story. In addition to his technical work Bruce has also been a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University for over 30 years. In 2011 NASA award him the Exceptional Public Service Medal for “exceptional leadership in pioneering the development of commercial space for public benefit”.