President and CEO of Challenger Center
Lance Bush is President and CEO of Challenger Center, the education nonprofit organization created as a living tribute to the seven members lost in the Challenger shuttle tragedy. Dedicated to the educational spirit of the mission, Challenger Center and its network of 43 Challenger Learning Centers engage students in dynamic, hands-on experiences to strengthen their knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Bush began his career at NASA as one of the chief engineers designing the next generation space transportation vehicles. Later in his career, he managed the International Space Station (ISS) Commercial Development program. Prior to joining Challenger Center, Bush served as the Chief Strategic Office at Paragon Space Development Corporation, a space vehicle design and build company. His passion for education led to the creation and growth of several national and international nonprofit organizations, including the Space Generation Advisory Council, the American Astronautical Society, the World Space Congress, International Space University and the Sea Space Symposium. Bush holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in technology policy and management from Penn State University. To learn more about Challenger Center, visit wwww.challenger.org.