Dr. Thomas Matula is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Sul Ross State University - Rio Grande College. His research focus for the last 25 years has been on the economic development of space. His most recent research focus has been on lunar industrialization and the development of economically viable commercial space settlements. Dr. Matula earned his BGS in General Studies at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1983. He earned his MBA in Management at New Mexico State University in 1986. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration at New Mexico State University in 1994 with the dissertation topic of Commercial Spaceports.