Greg Autry is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Thunderbird Initiative for Space Leadership, Policy, and Business in the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an Affiliate Professor with the Interplanetary Initiative at Arizona State University. Professor Autry holds a BA in History from California Polytechnic University at Pomona and an MBA and PhD from the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.
Prior to joining the Thunderbird faculty, he taught entrepreneurship with the Lloyd Greif Center at the University of Southern California from 2013 to 2020. He taught entrepreneurship, strategy, and macroeconomics at the University of California, Irvine, between 2002 and 2014. Autry has also taught space entrepreneurship at the Kennedy Space Center as part of a graduate certificate program in commercial space from International Space University and the Florida Institute of Technology (2019-2021).
Autry's research focuses on the governmental role in the emergence of new industries, and he has researched within the commercial space industry since 2003. His extensive experience in space policy includes serving on the 2016 NASA agency review team. Autry served as NASA White House Liaison in 2017, and in 2020 the President nominated him to serve as the space agency’s Chief Financial Officer. He also served as Chair of the Safety Working Group in the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) at FAA. Autry has been a notable advocate for space exploration and development. Currently, he serves as Vice President of the National Space Society a non-profit organization dedicated to extending humanity’s presence into our solar system.
Before entering higher education, Autry had a career as a serial entrepreneur, founding several technology startups. These ventures included a video game developer, computer services firm, and an enterprise software development company in the clinical healthcare space.
Autry publishes frequently in the business and popular press, writing on space, entrepreneurship, and policy. He writes frequently for Foreign Policy and Space News and is a regular science contributor at Forbes. His insights are frequently featured in major media outlets including CNN, NPR, the BBC, Space News, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, Politico and the LA Times.
- Ph.D. Management (Econ & Public Policy), UC Irvine, 2013
- MBA, University of California at Irvine, 2002
- BA History, California Polytechnic University at Pomona, 1999
Themes: Governmental roles in the emergence of new industries, entrepreneurial driven economic development, sustainability
Research Context: Global commercial spaceflight sector. Space launch, satellites, energy, human spaceflight, communications, data, resources, services
Methods: qualitative, participatory ethnography, grounded theory, case studies
Theoretical Lenses: Process theory, organizational / community evolution, population ecology, legitimacy theory
Vice President of Space Development and Board Member, National Space Society The oldest and most important grassroots space advocacy organization. May 2018 Current
Vice President of Economic Vibrancy, Beyond Earth Institute. Think tank dedicated to human settlement of space.
Member, Academy of Management
Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
External Examiner DPhil viva (PhD defense) Oxford University, Computrer Science. James Pavur, Rhodes Scholar. Thesis entitled "Securing New Space: On Satellite Cybersecurity", Summer 2021
White House Liaison, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Temporary Appointment as NASA employee responsible for interfacing to the White House and onboarding new leadership. January 2017 February 2017
Nominee, Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Nomination July 27, 2020. Confirmation process delayed by COVID, unexpected Supreme Court Justice Confirmation and other 2020 issues. Cleared committee by vote on December 2, 2020. Senate failed to schedule a full vote before final session and nomination expired on January 2, 2021.
Advisor, Relativity Space. Advised former USC students Jordan Noone and Tim Ellis since the founding of their 3D Printed Rocket startup. Signed as official Advisor in 2019. Firm has raised over $650 million.
Board Member, Interstellar Labs. New Space Startup headquartered in Paris, France. Dedicated to producing enhanced environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS) via a closed environment habitat (biodome) research and eco-tourist destination. Facilities targeted for construction in Mojave California and Kennedy Space Center. 2019 – Current
Co-Founder, 121C Inc. / Elevated Materials. Commercial spacecraft carbon fiber upcycling into OEM manufactured goods. Raised over $200k in crowdfunding and $1.2million in private seed capital. Negotiated material supply with SpaceX, Virgin and Boeing. 2014 – Current
CEO, Network Corps.Enterprise application development firm focused on Health Care solutions for Kaiser Permanente. Apple authorized developer. (Sold network-engineering division to Enhanced Technologies). January 1997 – August 2014
CEO, Wired Images. Digital Web Content production for Internet retailers, sold to PlanetRx.com.1999 – 2000
Technical Services Manager, CompuCom Systems. Managed service operations for IT solutions at CompuCom after being acquired. 1994 – 1997
CEO, Riverside Doctor Micro Computer Services. Apple authorized dealer and Computer services firm sold to CompuCom Systems (NASDAQ: CMPC) in 1994. 1986 – 1994
Programmer, Hemascience Labs / Baxter Fenwal. Software development for medical device. 1984 – 1986.
Software Engineer, Honeywell Training and Control Systems Division. Software for production engineering on various military projects. 1983 – 1984
CoFounder & CEO, HAL LABS. Entertainment Software developer. Founded in high school, this firm developed Atarisoft PAC MAN for Apple II and was eventually reorganized by my partner as Future Point and sold to Blizzard Entertainment. 1981-1994