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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-21-2005 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Museum of Flight release
Astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar Named New Museum President

The Museum of Flight is pleased to announce the selection of NASA astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., as its new president and CEO. Dunbar will replace current president and CEO Ralph Bufano -- who has led the Museum since 1991 -- effective Oct. 3. Her selection followed a yearlong national search process and was affirmed by a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee of the Museum's Board of Trustees yesterday.

"We were extremely gratified at the highly qualified pool of candidates who sought the Museum of Flight presidency," said board chairman Jim Johnson. "In the end, however, our decision was rather easy. Dr. Dunbar was a clear standout in her passionate commitment to youth education, which is so central to our mission. She has a remarkable ability to use her own amazing experiences to inspire youth, and we are excited at the prospect of harnessing her intellect, energy and passion to our important work."

A native of the small, south-central Washington rural community of Outlook, Dunbar earned bachelor's and master's degrees in ceramic engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle and a doctorate in mechanical/biomedical engineering from the University of Houston. She held research and engineering positions with the Boeing Co., Harwell Laboratories and Rockwell International until 1978, when she joined NASA as a flight controller. Two years later, in 1980, she was selected as a NASA mission specialist astronaut.

A veteran of five space missions, Dunbar has logged 1,208 hours - - more than 50 days -- in orbit aboard the shuttles Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia and Endeavour. Her most recent spaceflight was the STS-89 mission aboard Endeavour, Jan. 22- 31, 1998. As payload commander on this mission, Dunbar was responsible for more than four tons of scientific equipment, supplies and water for delivery to the Russian space station Mir, as well as twenty-three scientific experiments aboard the shuttle. Dunbar's final NASA assignment has been as Associate Director of Technology Integration and Risk Management at the Johnson Space Center's Space and Life Science Directorate. She will retire from the space agency effective September 30, 2005.

From 1998 to 2003, Dunbar served as the Assistant Director for University Research and Affairs at Johnson Space Center. In this position, she was the focal point for the center's educational and grant programs, as well as its extensive collaborative efforts with colleges, universities and scientific and engineering organizations. The coincidence between Dunbar's long- time professional interest in science, math, engineering and technology education and The Museum of Flight's mission commitment in these areas was the major reason she applied for the museum presidency.

"Part of the reason we honor the past," commented Dunbar, "is to inspire the future. The Museum of Flight has established a worldwide reputation for the depth of its commitment to education and the quality of its programs that use the wonder of flight to inspire learning. I am thrilled about becoming part of such a vibrant organization and look forward to contributing to its future success in preserving and interpreting the glorious past of aviation and space exploration while helping to inspire its even brighter future."

Dr. Dunbar has been honored by numerous professional societies and universities, as well as by NASA. She is also a recipient of The Museum of Flight's own Pathfinder Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to aviation or aerospace by individuals from the Northwest. In addition to her scientific accomplishments and space experience, Dunbar has been a licensed private pilot since the 1970s, and has logged more than 1,000 hours as co-pilot in NASA's T- 38 jets. She owns and is restoring a 1946 Ercoupe light plane.

Dunbar's predecessor, Ralph Bufano, who retires after 14 years at the helm of the institution, has been designated as the Museum's first "president emeritus" by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn(r) -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 children are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs -- the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum of Flight is one of only 750 museums in the nation and nine in Washington state that are fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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NASA release
Veteran NASA Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar Retires

Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar (Ph.D.), a veteran of five space shuttle flights, retired from NASA today to become president and chief executive officer of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.

Dunbar flew on shuttle missions in 1985, 1990, 1992, 1995, and 1998, spending more than 50 days in space. She played key science roles in each mission, including the STS-61-A Spacelab, STS-50 Microgravity Lab-1, and STS- 32 Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) retrieval missions. Two of her missions, STS-71 and STS-89, visited the Russian space station Mir. She was selected for the astronaut class of 1980, only the second group of astronauts specifically chosen to fly the space shuttle.

In addition to astronaut assignments, Dunbar's 27-year career at NASA included serving as a flight controller and payload officer. She also held management positions at NASA Headquarters and NASA's Johnson Space Center, including five years as the assistant director for University Research at Johnson.

"As one of NASA's early shuttle astronauts, Bonnie helped pave the way for women taking key roles in space exploration," said Flight Crew Operations Director Ken Bowersox. "She's done it all, from technical research to spaceflight to motivating young people about science."

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According to The Seattle Times, former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar is resigning as CEO of Museum of Flight in order to work on other museum efforts including obtaining a space shuttle for the museum.

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According to Museum of Flight president and CEO Doug King, Bonnie Dunbar is now the director of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in university relations for the Boeing Company in Seattle.

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posted 12-06-2012 01:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Bonnie Dunbar is on the move...
NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar is in the process of making a big change, moving to Texas for a new job. Word of that job will be released in the near future.
Also noted, Dunbar's new position with the ASE:
Most recently, Dunbar was elected to the august Executive Committee of the International Association of Space Explorers (ASE) at the XXV Planetary Congress of the ASE, held this year in Saudi Arabia. She is the first women space flier in that committee's 25 year history.

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