In 1965 Ed was selected by NASA as one of six scientist-astronauts from 2,000 applicants. He developed procedures for the Apollo 12 crew and served as their Communicator while they explored the Moon’s surface in 1969. In 1974, Dr. Gibson established the American record of 84 days in space on Skylab III, a record that lasted for 21 years. He also worked outside in space for 15 hours on three different spacewalks.
As Senior Vice President and Operations Manager at Science Applications International Corporation, Dr. Gibson led a major program at the US Government’s Earth Resources Observations Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and other large business programs in Washington, DC. He also served as the President of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Working through his own company, Aerospace Partners, LLC, Dr. Gibson served as Chairman of the Orion Standing Review Board, which accomplished assessments of the Orion Manned Spacecraft Project, and as a member of the Constellation Standing Review Board, which made assessments of NASA’s Program to service the International Space Station and return the United States to the Moon. He also performed considerable program management and consulting with Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Camus Inc. and TRW, Inc.
Ed received his PhD and MS in Engineering and Physics from the California Institute of Technology, his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and an Executive Management Program Certificate in Management from the University of California at Los Angeles Graduate School of Management.
Dr. Gibson received Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees from the University of Rochester and Wagner College, Induction into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal presented by President Richard M. Nixon, Robert J. Collier and Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophies, AAS Flight Achievement and AIAA Haley Astronautics Awards, National Science Foundation and R.C. Baker Fellowships at the California Institute of Technology and a Distinguished Fellow and Board of Governors member at New Westminster College.
Dr. Gibson has also logged over 2,200 hours in high-performance aircraft, 150 hours in helicopters and 2,014 hours in space. He has written one text book, many articles for other scientists and education of the general public and two novels.
Ed, a record-setting astronaut, has become an expert speaker and brings many of the above experiences and reflections on leadership in the Apollo era into each of his dynamic SpaceLeaders presentations.