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About Dan Goldin

DEEP TECH CHAMPION. NATIONAL SECURITY & SPACE EXPERT. PRIVATE EQUITY, VENTURE CAPITAL AND STARTUP ADVISOR. 9TH NASA ADMINISTRATOR. MENTOR & PATRIOT.

The Honorable Daniel S. Goldin is a visionary entrepreneur and scientist, with the distinction of having served as NASA's longest-tenured Administrator from April 1992 to November 2001. During his tenure, he reported to three U.S. Presidents: George H.W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush. As the founder of Cold Canyon, an innovation advisory company, and a senior advisor to Cerberus Capital Management, Mr. Goldin's career spans space exploration and science, aeronautics, air traffic management, national security systems, semiconductors, advanced sensors, hypersonics, communications, and artificial intelligence. With his extensive experience, Mr. Goldin is a highly sought-after leader in advancing American technologies and businesses.

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Throughout his life, Mr. Goldin has relentlessly pursued his passion for astrophysics, a journey that began when he was seven years old when his father, Louis Goldin, first took him to New York City's Hayden Planetarium. Since then, he has developed an enthusiastic desire to help humanity understand the complex laws of nature and their origins, dedicating his career to building America's most technologically advanced astrophysical observatories of our time. Mr. Goldin actively contributed to and provided leadership for the design, development, deployment, and operations of the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, Chandra X-Ray Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope rescue mission, Spitzer Infrared Space Telescope, and most recently, the James Webb Space Telescope. In the mid-90s, he guided the American astrophysical community and his NASA team to ensure the Webb would have the capacity to see back to the beginnings of creation and the capability to understand if life might exist elsewhere in the universe.

In addition to these legendary achievements, Mr. Goldin is credited with the re-emergence of NASA through one of its most challenging times after the Cold War. He diplomatically fostered east-west international cooperation in space and oversaw the redesign, construction, and initial operation of the $120B International Space Station. For a decade, he led the NASA team with his "Faster, Better, Cheaper" development philosophy and through the successful development, deployment, and operation of a whole new generation of smaller, significantly less expensive, and faster-to-produce spacecraft. This enabled the extended exploration of our solar system, deeper observations of our known universe, and more precise observations of the physical and biological dynamics of our own home planet with the objective of enhancing the quality of life on Planet Earth. In aerospace, Mr. Goldin's "Faster, Better, Cheaper" philosophy enabled the NASA team to develop the X-43A Hypersonic Plane (Hyper-X Program) and earn the Guinness World Record for the fastest air-breathing aircraft at Mach 9.6 in 2004, a record which still stands today.

Mr. Goldin also led the early revolution into commercializing the space industry and transforming the American space business model to engage with more private sector participants. He worked diligently with the leadership of the House and Senate to help them understand the critical importance of engaging private American companies, venture capital, and private equity to enhance the success of the American Space efforts. He guided the Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology program, or ERAST (which aimed to develop cost-effective, slow-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can perform long-duration science missions above 100,000 feet), championing small innovative companies. This approach helped contribute to the success of companies like Aurora Flight Sciences and AeroVironment. Under his new commercialization concept, NASA selected Orbital Sciences to build SeaStar, the world's first privately-owned environmental monitoring satellite. Mr. Goldin also promoted the involvement and accessibility of small, highly competent American businesses, leading to more than doubling the funds awarded to small businesses working with NASA.

Before NASA, he was Vice President and General Manager of the TRW Space and Technology Group - now Northrop Grumman - where he oversaw a broad range of advanced space and technology developments focused on producing critically needed systems and technologies to support America's national security, scientific exploration of our solar system, space telescopes to observe our high energy universe, and development of advanced technologies for the global marketplace. Mr. Goldin began his career as a research scientist at NASA's Glenn Research Center, working on electric propulsion systems to enable future human interplanetary travel.

Mr. Goldin is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society, and an Honorary Board Member of the Explorers Club. Mr. Goldin holds 18 honorary doctorates from the world's leading universities. In 2001, he received the Goddard Memorial Trophy, the premier award from the National Space Club and Foundation. In April 2023, Mr. Goldin received the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Space Foundation.

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SPEAKING

Dan Goldin's 60-year career combines hands-on engineering with visionary foresight, offering unparalleled insight into current and future technological needs, empowering businesses to lead today and prepare for tomorrow in dynamic high-tech environments.

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ADVISORY

Dan Goldin, a deep tech advisor with over 60 years of experience, uses his unique principles to guide and mentor the next generation of deep tech companies, offering invaluable insight into future technologies and encouraging responsible growth that benefits humanity.

PRO BONO

Dan Goldin, with 60+ years of expertise in advanced technologies, advises on critical national capabilities, drawing from his innovative leadership at NASA and in aerospace to nurture U.S. leadership in AI, quantum computing, robotics, and commercial space.

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