Important News for WIRA

Mr. A. Thomas young has accepted a position with WIRA as a strategic advisor to the board. His broad depth of experience at the highest levels in government and the private sector bring strengths to the WIRA board for specific growth opportunities. Mr. Young (Tom) will assist with strategic guidance on matters such as the United States Navy’s unmanned reconnaissance aircraft “Triton”. Triton is the Navy’s latest unmanned system program of record with a projected life cycle continuing over the next two decades and bringing the possibility of hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment and sustainment opportunities to our DELMARVA region.

About Mr. Young:
A. Thomas Young is the former Director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, President and COO of Martin Marietta and Chairman of SAIC. He retired from Lockheed Martin in July, 1995 and the SAIC Board in 2013. Mr. Young is involved in various advisory and review activities associated with the U.S. Space Program.

Mr. Young began his career with NASA at the Langley Research Center in 1961. He was a member of the Lunar Orbiter Project Team and was Mission Director for Program Viking. He became Director of the Planetary Program at NASA Headquarters in 1976 and was appointed Deputy Director of the Ames Research Center in 1978. Mr. Young was Director of the Goddard Space Flight Center from 1979 to 1982. He joined the Martin Marietta Corporation in 1982 and was subsequently President of Baltimore Aerospace and the Electronics and Missiles Group. Mr. Young was President and COO of Martin Marietta from 1990 to 1995.

Mr. Young is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Astronautical Society and a Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the University of Virginia Raven Society. Mr. Young is a former member of the NASA Advisory Council.

Mr. Young earned a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1961 from the University of Virginia. In 1972 he received a Masters of Management degree from MIT which he attended as a Sloan Fellow. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Salisbury University.

Tom’s input will significantly enable WIRA’s efforts.
Please join me in welcoming Tom to the Wallops Island Regional Alliance.

Peter Bale