Utah State University Research Foundation Names Space Veteran to Board

November 17, 2016 | Utah State University Research Foundation

The Utah State University Research Foundation announced today that it has selected Major General Susan K. Mashiko, USAF(RET) to serve as a member of its Board of Trustees.

“General Mashiko’s distinguished career and major accomplishments in the Air Force will provide the Research Foundation and its operating unit, the Space Dynamics Laboratory, with additional leadership to guide the organization through expected growth in the coming years,” said Jeffery B. Edwards, chair of the Research Foundation. “Most recently Susan was deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office and commander of the Air Force Space Command Element, and is uniquely suited to help enable both the Research Foundation and SDL to continued success.”

A Glendale, Calif. native, Mashiko has had increasingly critical roles since her first assignment in 1980 as the chief of the avionics branch for the Anti-Satellite Systems Directorate at the Air Force Space Division. Following her work with the Anti-Satellite Systems Directorate, she held increasingly critical leadership roles for the satellite capabilities of the United States, including roles within the Directorate of Applied Technology in the Office of Special Projects; special assistant to the Director of Space Programs for the assistant secretary of the Air Force, overseeing space policy and plans; executive officer for the Directorate of Space Programs for the assistant secretary of the Air Force; executive officer, Department of Defense Space Architect; policy and issues analyst for the secretary of the Air Force; program manager for the Atlas V rocket program; director of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle System Program; program executive officer for Environmental Satellites; commander, Military Satellite Communications Wing; vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center; and director of space acquisition for the undersecretary of the Air Force.

“General Mashiko is widely known in the aerospace industry for her keen understanding of military space policy and acquisition, and her ability to discern and understand complex issues throughout the world to better manage current U.S. space assets and predict future needs,” said H. Scott Hinton, president of the Utah State University Research Foundation. “Her proven leadership qualities, coupled with her deep knowledge of space engineering, will be a tremendous asset to the Research Foundation and SDL.”

Mashiko earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

“For more than five decades, SDL has been engaged in solving some of the most difficult technology challenges faced by the military, science community, and industry, and I feel privileged to have been asked to join the Board of Trustees to provide my insight,” Mashiko said. “SDL’s role as a trusted partner of the government has enabled them to provide solutions to address the varying needs of the government with systems that translate the government’s vision into an executable program and I am honored to be a part of this team.”

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