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USU alum to head space laboratory

The Standard-Examiner
September 10, 2008

Logan — The Utah State University Research Foundation on Tuesday named Dr. Douglas Lemon as director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory.

Lemon replaces Mike Pavich, who is retiring after five years leading the program.

The lab is a nonprofit research corporation that designs, fabricates and operates nearly 500 payloads, including space shuttle experiments, small satellites and satellite-based sensor systems. The university owns the lab.

Lemon holds a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from Utah State. For nearly 30 years he has worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington State. Most recently, he was a director of the lab’s institutional strategies.

He starts his new job in Utah on Oct. 20.

Utah State is the No. 1 university in the U.S. when it comes to funding for space research, according to National Science Foundation statistics. The majority of the funding comes from grants, contracts and appropriations.

The Space Dynamics Laboratory is a unit of the USU Research Foundation. The USU Research Foundation is a non–profit research corporation owned by the university.

Since 1982, SDL engineers and scientists have worked closely with USU students to design and develop many research experiments flown on the space shuttle. SDL works in close collaboration with USU’s College of Engineering to identify and secure funding for research projects and also provides thousands of USU students with hands–on experience in engineering and many other disciplines.

The USU colleges of Engineering and Science are both heavily involved in space research, with extensive expertise in the subject.

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