Bruce Pittman is a founding member of the Alliance for Commercial Enterprise and Education in Space and is the Director, Flight Project for the NASA Commercial Space Portal at the Ames Research Center. He has been involved in high technology product development, project management and system engineering for over 30 years.
Pittman spent 11 years working at NASA Ames working on a number of space projects including Pioneer Venus, the Infrared Astronomy Satellite, the Cryogenic Grating Spectrometer, the International Space Station, and several advanced studies programs. He has worked with NASA as a consultant on such pioneering projects as the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (2006-2007), ISS Commercialization (2005-2006) High Speed Civil Transport (1997-1998), the Space Exploration Initiative (1989-1991) and the Space Shuttle Processing (1987-1988).
Bruce was a founder and member of the startup team in a number of early growth companies including SpaceHab, Kistler Aerospace, New Focus, Product Factory, Prometheus II Ltd., Industrial Sound and Motion and most recently, TransGeneos Inc.
Some of the major clients that Bruce has worked with include: Align Technologies, Agile Software, Boeing, Behring Diagnostic, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Varian, Cepheid, Texas Instruments, Westinghouse as well as government agencies such as NASA and DOE.
Bruce has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Concurrent Product Development. Bruce is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and founder and first chairman of the System Engineering Technical Committee. Currently, Bruce serves as a founding member of the organizing committee for the Space Investment Summit series and a member of the Aerospace Technology Working Group (ATWG). He has authored over 2 dozen papers on technical and management topics in aerospace and high technology. In addition to his technical work Bruce is also a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University.
While working at NASA, Bruce was awarded two Superior Achievement Awards and two Group Achievement Awards. He also received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the AIAA.