Lyn D. WIGBELS
Center for Aerospace Policy Research at George Mason University • Senior Fellow/Assistant Professor
Lyn D. Wigbels is currently a Senior Fellow/Assistant Professor at the Center for Aerospace Policy Research at George Mason University, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Space Initiatives Program, and president of RWI International Consulting Services.
Wigbels has over 15 years experience as a senior government executive at NASA in the policy and programmatic arenas and more than 25 years experience in developing and managing international programmes. From 1994 to 2003, Wigbels served in a variety of management roles (Deputy Director, Director of International Programs and Director of Communications) for NASA’s GLOBE Program, a hands-on, school-based international science and education programme in more than 100 countries.
Wigbels joined NASA’s International Affairs Division in 1979 where she developed and negotiated numerous international space cooperation agreements. She developed the International Space Station agreements governing cooperation with Europe, Japan and Canada, and was a member of the government-level and agency-level negotiating team. From 1988 to 1990, she was Director of Space Station Policy, responsible for the policy aspects of the International Space Station Program and for managing the implementation of the international partnerships. From 1990 to 1992, as Deputy Director of Policy and Plans for the Office of Space Flight, in addition to her Space Station responsibilities, she developed policies related to the Space Shuttle and expendable launch vehicles and was responsible for establishing a bilateral partnership with Italy on the Space Station and led the US negotiating team. From 1992 to 1994, as Director of Policy and Plans for the Office of Space Systems Development, Wigbels was responsible for the policy aspects of the Space Station and NASA’s future space development activities. She continued to manage the implementation of the Space Station agreements, supported the Director, Space Station Redesign, on the policy and international aspects of redesigning the Space Station, and played a key role in the development of the National Space Transportation Policy. In 1994-1995, she led a NASA-wide review of its science communications activities and developed a NASA Science Communications Strategy.
Prior to joining NASA, Wigbels was a managing editor at Prentice-Hall, Inc.’s Washington Office, responsible for economic and labor issues. Wigbels received her BA in Political Science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and her MA in Political Science with a concentration in science and technology policy from George Washington University.
Wigbels received NASA’s Exceptional Performance Award in 1984, NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal in 1993, NASA Group Achievement Awards in 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992 and 1993, and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 1994. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society in 2006 and as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2011.
Wigbels is the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Vice President for Youth and Workforce Development Activities and is the former Chair of the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee. She holds the office of President at the American Astronautical Society (AAS) after previously serving as AAS Vice President – International and on the AAS Board of Directors. She served on the Board of Trustees of the International Space University (ISU) from 2000 to 2005. She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics International Activities Committee and Public Policy Committee.