Mr. Uhran has been a leader in evaluating practical applications of orbital space stations since 1984, when he began evaluating mission requirements for the NASA space station during the concept phase. Since that time, he has held key management positions in both the private and public sectors, and has traveled worldwide developing strategies for use of the International Space Station (ISS) – a cooperative partnership among Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States.
He joined NASA in 1990, as Manager of Payload and Mission Integration at the Space Station Program Office, where he was responsible for developing the original mission performance requirements during the design phase. Once the station entered the development phase, he served as the Director for Mission Integration and Space Product Development at NASA Headquarters where he was the principal liaison to White House and Congressional staff offices, external advisory committees, foreign space agencies, and the aerospace industry on practical applications of the space station. After the station entered the on-orbit assembly phase, Mr. Uhran received his current post as Assistant Associate Administrator for the International Space Station in the NASA Office of Space Operations. In this most recent capacity, he is staff director for program-wide cost, schedule and technical oversight for the ~ 500 metric ton, $60 billion facility. He also leads NASA’s effort to operate the space station as a US national laboratory in the post-assembly phase.
Mr. Uhran holds a BS from Cornell University (1976), an MS from the University of Maryland (1987), and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University (1998). He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and resides in the historic Capitol Hill district of Washington, DC where he and his wife have designed and built a popular bed & breakfast inn.