“Emerging Threats and Capabilities: A U.S. Challenge”


Dr. Hans Mark


Dr. Hans M. Mark
Professor, and John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
The University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

Emerging military threats and capabilities face the United States and the world. What are these threats and capabilities? What are the new scientific and engineering developments that are relevant to each of them? In this talk, Dr. Hans Mark will also discuss “near term” and “far term” threats along with possible counter moves. Dr. Mark’s talk is based on testimony before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.


Dr. Mark is a leading expert in the fields of aerospace design and national defense policy. His notable leadership assignments and contributions include serving as Physics Division Leader of the University of California’s Nuclear Weapons Laboratory at Livermore; Director of NASA-Ames Research Center; Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, where he initiated the development of a new reconnaissance satellite system and the upgrade of two others; Secretary of the Air Force, where he initiated the establishment of the U.S. Air Force Space Command; Deputy Administrator of NASA, where he oversaw the first 14 Space Shuttle flights and was a leading contributor to the establishment of the U.S. Space Station Program; and Director of Defense Research and Engineering at the U.S. Pentagon.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Mark has served as Chancellor of The University of Texas System (1984 to 1992) and is still actively involved in research and teaching at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. Dr. Mark received an A.B. Degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering for 35 years and holds six honorary doctorates.