John R. Olds, Ph.D., P.E.

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Dr. John R. Olds is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. Dr. Olds is also the founder and currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Principal Engineer of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI). Dr. Olds has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace sector, including positions in private consulting, large aerospace industry, academia, and small business. As a professor, he created and directed the Space Systems Design Lab (SSDL) in the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In his professional and academic careers, Dr. Olds has been active in the field of advanced space transportation systems analysis and design with over 100 authored or co-authored technical papers since 1986. Dr. Olds holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from N.C. State University, an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from N.C. State University. He has received both NASA TGIR and NASA Group Achievement awards for his participation in previous NASA space systems design projects. He is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a former Fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC).