President of Aerojet Rocketdyne Shares Passion for Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM)
WASHINGTON (August 7, 2013) – Dr. Scott Parazynski, MD, Chairman of Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center), has confirmed the appointment of Warren M. Boley Jr., president of Aerojet Rocketdyne, to the Challenger Center Board of Directors.
"We are very pleased to welcome Warren to the Challenger family," said Parazynski. "His leadership and experience in the aerospace industry and passion for STEM make him a wonderful addition to our Board of Directors. His perspective will be particularly helpful in executing our strategic plan as we work to strengthen our STEM impact and reach more students around the globe."
Prior to joining Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boley spent 27 years with Pratt & Whitney, as president of military engines, vice president of F135/F119 engine programs for the F-35 and F-22 programs, and vice president of operational military engines and customer support.
"As the father of three young children, I fully embrace every opportunity to inspire students to study STEM," said Boley. "STEM professionals stand at the forefront of innovation in the U.S. economy and we are responsible for being stewards of the next generation. Challenger Center does this by championing an interactive learning style that sparks curiosity and engages young minds to explore STEM subjects. The impact of this inspiration is beyond measure and I am honored to have the opportunity to be an advocate for it."
About Aerojet Rocketdyne
Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile, and armaments areas in support of domestic and international markets.
About Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Using space exploration as a theme and simulation as a vehicle, Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students' expectations of success, foster long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and inspire students to pursue studies and careers in these areas. Challenger Center's network of Challenger Learning Centers across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Korea reach more than 400,000 students each year through simulated space missions and educational programs and engage more than 40,000 educators through missions, teacher workshops, and other programs. Founded in 1986, Challenger Center for Space Science Education was created to honor the seven astronauts of shuttle flight STS-51-L: Commander Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Michael J. Smith. To learn more about Challenger Center for Space Science Education visit www.Challenger.org.
Glenn Mahone, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 202.302.9941 Glenn.Mahone@Rocket.com
Lisa Vernal, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, 202.827.1573 LVernal@Challenger.org