Dr. Douglas A. O’Handley

Dr. Douglas A. O’Handley
Emeritus Director for the NASA Ames
Academy for Space Exploration
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, California

Doug O’Handley is returning for the 15th year with the NASA Ames Academies. He initiated the Academy in 1997. He retired from NASA after forty years in the government and academia in 1999. He currently is employed by Lockheed Martin to continue activities with the Ames Academies.

Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Doug worked for the Time Service and Nautical Almanac Offices of the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C. Attending Yale University, he received a Masters and PH.D. in Celestial Mechanics, and he then joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He carried out the development of the first numerically integrated ephemeris for the solar system in support of the early Mariner missions to Mercury, Venus, and Mars and the Apollo program. He took the challenge to enter management and led early research in artificial intelligence and biomedical technology.

Doug came to Ames as head of the Space Station and Technology Transfer Office in the Director’s Office at Ames in 1984. Doug returned to Southern California to work in the private sector at TRW in Redondo Beach in 1986. He joined NASA Headquarters in 1988 as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Exploration. This was at the time when George Bush announced that the U.S. would place humans permanently on the Moon and venture on to Mars early in the 21st century. Returning to Ames in 1992, Doug joined the Space Sciences Division. That is when he started planning for the Academy in 1996.

Doug is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, England, a Fellow in Aerospace Medicine, a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In addition, he is a member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Academy of Astronautics, and the American Astronomical Society. He chaired, for 10 years, the Space Exploration Committee of the International Astronautical Federation.

Doug welcomes all of you and looks forward to you becoming part of the extended O’Handley family.