Anchorage AK – Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) announced the selection of Dr. Robert “Bob” McCoy as the new Board of Directors Chair, effective May 18, 2015. Dr. McCoy replaces Pat Gamble who is retiring after serving on the board since 2010.
Dr. McCoy is the Director, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska – Fairbanks, where he has served since October 2011. He brings more than 15 years of research experience as a space scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and 15 years of administrative experience at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, VA, where he was the team leader for Space Science and Technology. He also served as the technical director for the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office in Albuquerque, NM.
“Bob’s previous government and commercial aerospace experience, coupled with his current affiliation with the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the complex challenges facing AAC as the company transforms into a more commercial aerospace company serving the Pacific region. His leadership makes AAC well positioned for future growth and diversification,” said Craig E. Campbell, AAC President and Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. McCoy earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Cornell University; a master’s degree in physics from Texas A&M University and his doctorate in astro-geophysics at the University of Colorado in 1981. He received the NRL Group Achievement Award in 1983; the NRL 75th Anniversary Innovator Award in 1998; the Alan Berman Publication Award in 1994 and 2001; as well as the NASA Group Achievement Award in 2004 and the Rotary International Stellar Award in 2010. He is also a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
AAC is a state-owned corporation established to develop a high-technology aerospace industry in the state. AAC owns and operates the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) and is the worldwide distributor for RapidEye multispectral imagery of Alaska. Its corporate offices are in Anchorage, Alaska.