Dan Dumbacher is Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Before joining the AIAA staff in 2018, Dan was a Professor of Engineering Practice in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.

Prior to Purdue, Dan led teams at NASA designing and developing space launch vehicle systems and technologies for 33 years. In his final leadership role at NASA, he served as the Deputy Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Division, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate focused on the Space Launch System, the Orion Crew Vehicle, and Ground Systems Development and Operations.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and he has completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University.


International Astronautical Congress 2022

18-22 September 2022

Paris, France


International Astronautical Congress 2019

21-25 October 2019

Washington, United States