Douglas Cooke '73

Photo of Douglas CookeA member of Stan Lowy's student design team that won the Bendix National Design Team 1st place award in 1973 for an unmanned Venutian lander and a 1973 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Douglas Cooke worked for nearly 38 years in NASA's space shuttle, International Space Station and exploration systems programs.  He was assigned significant responsibilities during critical periods of each of these, including top management positions in all three programs.  Mr. Cooke served as NASA's Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD), which is responsible for managing the development of flight hardward systems for future human exploration beyond low Earth orbit, including the moon, near Earth asteroids, Mars and its moons and other destinations.  Before retiring, Mr. Cooke served as deputy associate administrator for the agency's new Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.  Mr. Cooke previously served on the Advisory Board for the Department of Aerospace Engineering.