Upcoming Lecture

Expanding Influence of Private Commercial Spaceflight

September 22, 2022 at 5:30pm featuring Mike Moses, CEO of Virgin Galactic

Mike oversees the commercial suborbital spaceflight program for Virgin Galactic. He leads the team in all aspects of safe and successful spaceline operations, including VMS Eve and SpaceShip Two vehicle processing, flight planning, astronaut training, and flight crew operations.

 Mike came to Virgin Galactic following a distinguished career with NASA. From 2008 through July 2011, he served at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the Launch Integration Manager, where he led all space shuttle processing activities from landing through launch. Mike also chaired the Mission Management Team where he provided ultimate shuttle launch decision authority. Other NASA experience includes working as a Flight Director at the Johnson Space Center, where he leds teams of flight controllers in the planning, training, and execution of space shuttle missions. Before being selected as a Flight Director in 2005, Mike had more than 10 years of experience as a flight controller in the Shuttle Propulsion and Electrical Systems Groups.

Mike attended Purdue University, earning a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in aerospace engineering. He also earned a master's degree in space science from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a two-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, as well as other NASA commendations and awards.


About the F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Series

Established in 2007 as the F. Alan Smith Visiting Executive Program and since 2016 known as the F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Series, this event was created to attract national leaders in a wide range of industries, typically those impacting transportation, and other subject experts to speak to students, faculty and community members at  Florida Institute of Technology. At least one executive speaker is welcomed to campus every Fall and Spring semester. Speakers address topics such as innovation in the automotive industry and self-driving cars, the hyperloop and high-speed rail, and innovations that impact business and the quality of life from space, land and sea exploration and travel.

F. Alan SmithAbout F. Alan Smith

A member of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees since 1996, F. Alan Smith had a prestigious career at General Motors Corporation that spanned more than 35 years. Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1952 and an MBA in 1953. He now resides in Indialantic, Florida. Mr. Smith created this program to enhance the academic experience, introduce outstanding speakers to the university, and to engage the community around the topic of transportation—an industry in which Alan dedicated his career.