William F. Ballhaus, Jr.
Dr. William F. Ballhaus, Jr., is the former President and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation. He joined Aerospace in September 2000 after an 11-year career with Lockheed Martin Corporation. At Lockheed Martin Dr. Ballhaus served as Corporate Officer and Vice President, Engineering and Technology. Prior to his tenure with Lockheed Martin, Dr. Ballhaus served as President of two Martin Marietta businesses, Aero and Naval Systems and Civil Space and Communications. Before joining Martin Marietta, Dr. Ballhaus served as Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field and Edwards Air Force Base, California. As a NASA research scientist, Dr. Ballhaus published more than 40 papers on computational aerodynamics. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley where he earned a Ph.D. in engineering and B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering.
Dr. Ballhaus serves on the Board of Directors of OSI Systems, a publicly traded company, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. In February 2012 he retired from the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation after 10 years, the last two serving as Chairman. Dr. Ballhaus is a member of the JPL Director’s Advisory Council and he is also a member of the NASA Advisory Council and chairs its Technology and Innovation Committee.