- President & CEO, Challenger Center
Lance Bush is President and CEO of Challenger Center and is responsible for overseeing the execution of the non-profit’s strategic plan and vision, including leading a significant expansion of the organization’s widely-heralded immersive, hands-on educational opportunities.
Bush began his career at NASA as one of the chief engineers designing the next generation space transportation vehicles including concepts to replace the Space Shuttle. Following the completion of Bush’s Ph.D. dissertation on the social and economic impacts of NASA’s research, he helped implement technology commercialization efforts that led to several successful ventures. Bush was then promoted to manage the International Space Station (ISS) Commercial Development program. In this role, he co-found and served as the Chairman of the International Space Station Multilateral Commercialization Group comprised of the five partner space agencies and 16 countries, and implemented collaborative model that helped usher in the new commercial era of space.
Prior to joining Challenger Center, Bush served as the Chief Strategic Office at Paragon Space Development Corporation, a space vehicle design and build company. In this role, he helped grow and mature the firm to become nationally recognized. As a result, Paragon was on Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Companies list every year of his five-year tenure.
Bush’s passion for education led to the creation and growth of several national and international non-profit organizations, including the Space Generation Advisory Council, the American Astronautical Society, the World Space Congress, International Space University and the Sea Space Symposium.
Bush holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in technology policy and management from Penn State University.