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Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NASA

Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, NASA Science Directorate

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Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen of NASA, formerly a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, presents a guest lecture at the School of Information (SI 663, Entrepreneurship in the Information Industry).

He will discuss change agents, organizational change, and intrapreneurship, with examples from NASA, academia and industry.

Dr. Zurbuchen earned his Ph.D. in physics and master of science degree in physics from the University of Bern in Switzerland. His honors include receiving the National Science and Technology Council Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2004 and three NASA Group Achievement Awards.

Previously a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Zurbuchen is well versed in the practice of asking tough questions that help enable innovation and create impact. During his career, Zurbuchen has authored or coauthored more than 200 articles in refereed journals in solar and heliospheric phenomena. He has also been involved with several NASA science missions involving Mercury, the Sun and more. His experience here has driven his passion of cultivating leaders and highlighting talent throughout the agency. He has also been an advocate of sharing NASA’s messages on social media and can be found on Twitter at the handle @Dr_ThomasZ.

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When and Where

Map North Quad - Room 2245

April 2019

11:30am - 1:00pm

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