Dr. Al Koller

Dr. Koller began his aerospace career directly out of Titusville High School, Florida, in 1959 as a technician working summers for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency at its Missile Firing Lab on Cape Canaveral. The ABMA team led by Dr. Wernher Von Braun was transferred to NASA in 1960, and Al completed his BA degree in math and physics, returning to Kennedy Space Center where he worked on the Mercury, Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project with the Russians. While at NASA he earned a Master’s Degree in Systems Management and a Doctorate in Management and Quantitative Methods from Florida State University. He was active in contract management and Total Quality Management (TQM) until he retired in 1992, joining Brevard Community College in Florida to pursue a lifelong commitment to education. In his work at Brevard Community College, Dr. Koller remains active in aerospace. In 2001 he testified before the Congressional Commission on the Future of the United States’ Aerospace Industry, and that year he also founded SpaceTEC – the National Science Foundation’s Center for Aerospace Technical Education. SpaceTEC offers this country’s only national certification for aerospace technicians. He was the 2001 recipient of the Florida Space Business Roundtable’s “Explorer Award” for his leadership in space-related education and was awarded the National Space Club Florida Committee’s Aerospace Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Broadcast 1480 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Al Koller. Topics: Space workforce certification, space policy and leadership. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. We welcomed Dr. Al Koller to the program to discuss SpaceTEC, his company that provides space workforce training and certification. Find out more about the SpacTEC National Resource Center for Aerospace Technical Education by visiting www.spacetec.org.

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