Seamus Tuohy is new executive
director for VCSI

Seamus Tuohy

Dave King, chairman of the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation (VCSI) Board of Directors has announced that Dr. Seamus Tuohy will be the new executive director of VCSI, effective June 10. Tuohy will replace Marty Kress, who has accepted a new position at Ohio State University.

Tuohy hails from Louisiana, holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently the director of Space Systems at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass. He brings considerable business and technical acumen to VCSI and will help the center execute its current suite of projects and transition its pending projects with DoD and MDA into realities.

Tuohy has worked with advanced technology and space programs since 1996 and held several key positions at Draper with progressive technical, business development and management experience, including the establishment of the Draper office in Huntsville. His past work addressed technical needs for human and robotic exploration, Earth climate monitoring, space science instruments and space superiority with recent efforts including ISS, SLS, Orion and decision support systems for Earth observation and planetary autonomous landing and hazard avoidance.

VCSI was established in 2006 by the Huntsville business, university, research and government community. King of Dynetics is the current Chairman of the VCSI Board of Directors. Other members of the board include Bob Altenkirch, president of UAHuntsville; Suzy Young, vice chancellor for Research for the UA System; Joe Ritch, TVA commissioner; Ron Gray, UA system trustee; Jeff Gronberg, president deciBel Research; Scott Butler, managing director Redstone Government Solutions; and Mike Griffin, CEO Schafer Corporation. Ex-officio members include Patrick Scheuermann, director NASA MSFC; Tommy Battle, Mayor City of Huntsville; and Ronnie Chronister, deputy to the commander of SMDC/ARSTRAT.

Since its inception Bill Gurley of SAIC, Marc Bendickson of Dynetics and Ron Gray of Gray Research have served as chairmen of the board.

VCSI has enabled a wide array of collaborative projects and activities including FASTSAT, a microsat currently on orbit; two lunar landers for NASA MSFC that are still actively utilized; Marcbot-N, an IED detecting robot for the US Army; and ACE, the Arctic Collaborative Environment that provides a web-based capability to view data in an environmental research and decision-support system on the Arctic region. VCSI has also been recognized by SBA and DOD as the lead of one of three Advanced Defense Technology clusters.