Skilled in Business of Outer House, Greg Autry Joins Thunderbird College of World Administration at ASU


Newswise – PHOENIX, April 2, 2021 – The Thunderbird School of Global Management announced that Dr. Greg Autry joins the faculty as clinical professor of space leadership, politics and economics

Professor Autry will develop and deliver Thunderbird programs and courses in space entrepreneurship, leadership, business and politics, including an all-new Masters degree in Los Angeles launched in January 2022 on Global Technological Leadership. Autry will also teach Thunderbird Executive Education courses for professionals who are earning certificates. He will work closely with Professor Linda Elkins-Tanton, Executive Director of the ASU Interplanetary Initiative (II), and Professor James Bell, Director of the ASU NewSpace Initiative (NewSpace), to develop an interdisciplinary institute for spatial guidance and management.

“I am very excited to join Thunderbird and Arizona State University,” said Professor Autry. “ASU’s visionary leadership in space exploration and development, combined with Dean Khagram’s focus on global innovation at Thunderbird, fits perfectly with my teaching and research agenda. There’s nothing I’d rather do than teach space entrepreneurship, leadership, and politics in a school with the high-level Masters in Management program at America’s Most Innovative University. I’m especially excited to be working in the commercial space center of Southern California with the opening of the new LA campus. The possibilities for students, industry and people are limitless, “said Autry.

“Thunderbird is the No. 1 school for global management and ASU is the No. 1 university for innovation,” said Thunderbird Dean and General Manager Sanjeev Khagram. “Space offers practically unlimited possibilities in this 4th industrial revolution. As the space sector grows exponentially, private companies and governments will create immense demand for sustainable entrepreneurs, investors, executives and managers. Greg’s expertise and experience as an innovator and leader on both the business and political sides of space companies will position our graduates for leadership roles at the frontiers of human exploration and discovery, ”said Khagram. “Greg, with our partners in the Interplanetary Initiative and NewSpace at ASU, will fuel our ambition to become the Thunderbird Academy of Intergalactic Leadership for the years to come!”

“Humans will explore space both personally and with the help of robots, and how we do that is really important. This is where we have the opportunity to connect with and influence the expansion of space to make it more equitable and inclusive, effective and sustainable to be, “he told Professor Elkins-Tanton. “Getting exploration right is a big goal, and Greg’s industry and government expertise makes him a key expert in helping us bring this ecosystem together!”

Greg Autry was Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Lloyd Greif Center at the University of Southern California from 2013-2020. Between 2002 and 2014 he taught entrepreneurship, strategy and macroeconomics at the University of California at Irvine. Autry also teaches aerospace entrepreneurship at the Kennedy Space Center as part of a commercial space graduation certificate from International Space University and the Florida Institute of Technology. His research has focused on the role of government in creating new industries and he has been researching the booming commercial space industry since 2003.

Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute and former Executive Secretary of the National Space Council, commented, “Greg Autry is a well-known commercial space company scientist with practical knowledge of politics and economics. He is an excellent addition to ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. “

Professor Autry’s extensive space policy experience includes serving on the 2016 NASA agency review team to determine the current return on the lunar program. Autry was NASA’s White House liaison officer in early 2017, and the president named him the space agency’s chief financial officer last year. Following the appointment of the Minister of Transportation, he currently chairs the Security Working Group on the FAA’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Space Transportation (COMSTAC). Autry was a notable proponent of space exploration and development. He is currently Vice President of the National Space Society and the Beyond Earth Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the human presence to our solar system.

Prior to entering higher education, Autry had a career as a serial entrepreneur and founded several technology startups. These ventures included a video game developer, a computer services company, and an enterprise software development company in the clinical healthcare field.

Professor Autry holds a BA in history from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an MBA and PhD from the Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine.

David Radzanowski, who served as NASA’s chief of staff and chief financial officer during the Obama administration, notes that “Greg’s years of experience in the space industry and government experience combine to provide the ideal background teaching space managers and liaison officers on the space industry. ”

About the Thunderbird School of Global Management

The Thunderbird School of Global Management is a unit of the Arizona State University corporation. For 75 years, Thunderbird has pioneered global management and leadership education, creating inclusive and sustainable prosperity around the world by educating future-oriented global leaders who are capable of tackling the world’s greatest challenges. Thunderbird’s Master of Global Management was voted # 1 in the world by the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education in 2019. ASU is ranked # 1 “Most Innovative Schools” in the country by US News & World Report for six consecutive years. Thunderbird Executive Education has been among the top 10 internationally for decades. More information:

About ASU

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution committed to access, excellence, and impact. ASU is measured by those it includes, not those it excludes. As a prototype for a New American University, ASU conducts research that contributes to the common good, and ASU takes great responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the communities around it.

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