Manassas, VA, February 18, 2014 - Aurora Flight Sciences announces with deep regrets the passing of Philip M. Smith, a member of our Board of Directors for more than 20 years.
Phil earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology and science education from Ohio State University. His ROTC commission as a Lieutenant in the US Army led him to Greenland, where he developed a pioneering technique for detecting ice crevasses. Following his Army service, he joined the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation. In 1971, he served as head of the Science Branch of the US Office of Management and Budget. Phil served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) under both the Ford and Carter Administrations. From 1981 to 1993 Phil served as Executive Director of the National Academy of Sciences. Joining Aurora’s Board of Directors in 1994 Phil served until his death. He was a major driving force behind the company’s decision to establish Aurora’s Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2005.
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