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( May 7,1997)
NASA ADMINISTRATOR DANIEL GOLDIN TO BE SDSM& T COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Mr. Daniel S. Goldin, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC, will be the spring commencement speaker for the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) in Rapid City, South Dakota. The event will be held at 10: 00 a. m., May 10th, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Mr. Goldin also will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Aerospace Administration during the SDSM& T commencement ceremony.
Since becoming the ninth NASA Administrator in 1992, Goldin has earned a reputation as an agent of change in bringing reform and revitalization to America’s space agency. His first initiative was to bring NASA’s budget process under control. Some of the savings from the budgetary reforms were reinvested in NASA’s science and planetary exploration missions. He also started the Discovery Program, a new class of planetary probes.
Goldin has identified the environmental monitoring of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth as one of the agency’s most important programs. He has promoted cooperative endeavors with the Russian Space Agency and also redesigned the Space Station program, reducing its life cycle costs by $ 15 billion. Recognizing the importance of the one million high- tech jobs related to the aeronautics industry, Goldin also has worked to form a consensus for a national aeronautics agenda.
“ We are very honored to have Administrator Goldin as our commencement speaker,” said SDSM& T President Richard J. Gowen. “ His acceptance of our invitation further demonstrates Tech’s reputation as a nationally recognized science and engineering institution. His visit to Rapid City will enhance SDSM& T’s growing involvement with NASA activities.”
Prior to becoming NASA Administrator, Goldin was Vice President and General Manager of the TRW Space and Technology Group, where he managed the development of advanced spacecraft and space science instruments. He began his career at NASA’s Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, working on electric propulsion systems for human interdisciplinary travel. Goldin has a mechanical engineering degree from City College of New York.
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