Dr. Noel Hinners
Lockheed Martin Astronautics
Dr. Noel W. Hinners is vice president of flight systems with responsibility for space flight systems, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Surveyor Program, Stardust and Genesis Discovery missions, Advanced Power Systems and the propulsion module for the Cassini spacecraft.
Before his current appointment, Dr. Hinners was chief scientist of Business Development and Advanced Programs for Astronautics.
Before joining Lockheed Martin as vice president of strategic planning, Dr. Hinners served as associate deputy administrator and chief scientist of NASA. From 1982 to 1987, Dr. Hinners was director of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1979 to 1982 he was director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. From 1974 to 1979 Dr. Hinners was NASA's associate administrator for Space Science. From 1972 to 1974 he was NASA's director of Lunar Programs. Before entering government service, Dr. Hinners was department head of Lunar Exploration with Bellcomm, Inc., which he joined as a member of the technical staff in 1963.
Dr. Hinners received a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Research from Rutgers University in 1958, a master's degree in Geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1960 and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Princeton University in 1963.
Dr. Hinners graduated with high honors from Rutgers University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Si. He received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1971, and NASA's Distinguished Service Medal in 1977, 1979 and 1981. Dr. Hinners received the Senior Executive Service Presidential Ranks of Meritorious Executive award in 1986. He received the Distinguished Executive award in 1987 and the Senior Executive Association - Professional Development League's Executive Excellence Award for Distinguished Service in 1987.
Dr. Hinners was the founding Editor of Geophysical Research Letters, a rapid-publication journal of the American Geophysical Union. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, founding President of the Maryland and Colorado Space Business Round Tables, a member of the Space Telescope Science Institute Visiting Committee and the External Review Committee for the Non-Proliferation and International Security Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.