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Greg Autry Takes on National Role
USC Marshall’s Lloyd Greif Center Professor named to Donald Trump’s NASA Transition Team
December 21, 2016 • by News at Marshall

Greg Autry, assistant professor of clinical entrepreneurship at USC Marshall, has become a member of President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team for NASA. Autry, who has taught at USC Marshall’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies since 2013, is a noted contributor in the area of innovation policy and the government impact on entrepreneurism.

"This is an incredible opportunity for me to contribute, provide an important Southern California perspective in the process and collect immense amounts of data and contacts for my own research on how government policy impacts the environment in which new industries and organizations emerge," Autry stated in an email before he left for Washington.

Since 2003, “New Space” has been an area of particular interest to Autry, who is a strong advocate for Elon Musk’s SpaceX initiative and commercial space exploration in general. In October, he published a story in Forbes offering policy recommendations he felt necessary to support America’s space program, which he wrote was “critical to our economic growth, national defense and global prestige.”

As part of the transition team, Autry will conduct research to help set national policy, make recommendations for major appointments and aid in the smooth changeover at the agency as Trump is sworn into power. Other team members for Trump’s NASA transition include Steve Cook of Dynetics, a corporate vice president heavily involved in the AR-1 engine to replace the current Russian-made RD-180 being used by United Launch Alliance, and Jack Burns, an advocate for lunar-based missions.

“Greg will provide an important Southern California perspective in the process,” says Helena Yli-Renko, Orfalea Director’s Chair in Entrepreneurship, associate professor of clinical entrepreneurship and Director of the Greif Center. "We are proud to have a leading space industry expert on our faculty and providing input into national policy."

Autry currently sits on the editorial board of the New Space Journal and, along with having published in several major news outlets, was the lead author on a report for the FAA Offices of Commercial Space Transportation analyzing the competitive advantage of the United States in the human spaceflight market.

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