Recognized for advancing spaceflight programs and contributions to rocketry and astronautics
ARLINGTON, Va. (November 18, 2013) – Mike Griffin, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Schafer Corporation, was awarded the Dr. Wernher von Braun Flight Trophy by The
National Space Club Huntsville. The organization’s premier award, the von Braun Flight Trophy
recognizes Mr. Griffin for his great achievement in advancing spaceflight programs and
contributions to U.S. leadership in the field of rocketry and astronautics.
“With past recipients including Dr. Sally Ride and John Glenn, the von Braun Flight Trophy is
our most prestigious award,” said Sarah Lincoln, Board Director for The National Space Club
Huntsville. “Mr. Griffin has greatly influenced the industry and its students throughout his career,
making him a choice recipient.”
Mr. Griffin is a senior technology contributor and leader at Schafer Corporation, leading provider
of scientific, engineering and technical services and products in the national security sector. His
career boasts many achievements with extensive experience serving the national interest in
government, industry and academia.
“During his tenure at Schafer Corporation, Mr. Griffin’s leadership has been instrumental in our
growth and success,” said John Gilligan, Chief Operating Officer of Schafer Corporation. “As a
mentor to a new generation of professionals and a long proponent of astronautics, he is more
than deserving of this prestigious award.”
Before joining Schafer, he served as the 11th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA), and most recently was Eminent Scholar and Professor of
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Prior to his nomination as NASA Administrator, Mr. Griffin was the Space Department Head at
Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, President and Chief Operating Officer
of In-Q-Tel, Inc., and served in several positions within Orbital Sciences Corporation, including
Chief Executive Officer of Orbital’s Magellan Systems division and General Manager of the
Space Systems Group.
In addition to his professional successes, Mr. Griffin lists academician among his achievements.
He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and
George Washington University, where he taught courses in spacecraft design applied
mathematics, guidance and navigation, compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics,
spacecraft attitude control, astrodynamics and introductory aerospace engineering. Mr. Griffin
holds seven academic degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University,
a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in aerospace
engineering from the University of Maryland.