Greg Autry is the founding director of the Southern California Commercial Spaceflight Initiative. Professor Autry began conducting management and economic research in the context of the commercial space industry at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business in 2003, where he was a top ranked instructor. He joined the Marshall School of Business and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in 2013, after completing his PhD at Irvine.
Dr. Autry’s work is highly regarded in the aerospace industry. He serves on the editorial board of the New Space Journal, the only peer reviewed journal dedicated to the emerging commercial space economy and was appointed by the President to the NASA Agency Review Team. He also served as the interim White House Liaison to NASA. He has been an influential advocate for increased NASA funding as well as for other agencies engaged in development of the space economy. He is frequently called upon to address major international space conferences and routinely engages with executives at both entrepreneurial and traditional aerospace firms.
Dr. Autry has testified to the U.S. Congress and presented at the Canadian Parliament. He has spoken at the Heritage Foundation, the National Association of Business Economists, and the National Press Club. The Economist declared Dr. Autry “an acclaimed thinker” and his thoughts on space and economics have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal and SpaceNews. He has been frequently quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN and BBC. His book Death by China has been translated into five languages and was an Amazon bestseller in International Economics in 2018, seven years after its initial publication. He is also a regular Forbes contributor.