UCF Update on Space Research at Space Club Meeting


University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Florida Space Institute Director Ray Lugo will be the featured speaker at the National Space Club Florida Committee’s (NSCFL) monthly luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. His presentation is entitled “University of Central Florida Space Research Update.” The luncheon event begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the Radisson at the Port Convention Center, Cape Canaveral.

Lugo is responsible for growing the portfolio of UCF’s Space and Space related research across the State to include all of the Universities within Florida’s state university system.  He is responsible for two large contracts that have been awarded to UCF. The first is a mission to measure temperatures and densities in the Earth’s Thermosphere and Ionosphere; which represents the first “space mission” selected by NASA to be performed by a university in Florida.  The second is the Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) part of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute (SSERVI).  Both of these efforts represent more than $60M of funding to the University over the life of the projects.

Prior to this 2013 assignment, Lugo was employed by NASA for 37 years and most recently as the Director, Glenn Research Center.  During his NASA career he held numerous engineering, program/project management and executive positions.  Lugo was the lead for the transition and consolidation of the NASA Launch Services Program that consolidated the launch programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Glenn Research Center at the Kennedy Space Center.  He has extensive and broad experience in all facets of Payload and Launch Vehicle processing including Shuttle and ISS experience.

Lugo received numerous awards during his NASA career including the Distinguished Service Medal, Outstanding Leadership Medal, Exceptional Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Medal and Presidential Rank award. He attended the Harvard Program for Management Development and is a Graduate of UCF and Florida Institute of Technology.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.nscfl.org.

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