Richard Hieb
Scholar in Residence

Office Location: AERO 245

Focus Area

Project Managment, Human Spaceflight


Coursework in Engineering Economics and Finance, University of Maryland, 1995
Coursework in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Houston Clear Lake, 1981
MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, 1979
BA, Physics and Mathematics, Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, ID, 1977

Professional Experience

2017 - Present, Scholar in Residence, Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
2004 - 2015, Vice President, Exploration and Science, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services
2001 - 2004, Vice President, Science, Engineering, Analysis and Test Contract, Lockheed Martin Technical Services
1999 - 2001, Vice President, Crew Return Vehicle Program, Orbital Sciences Corporation
1995-1999, Vice President, Commercial Space, AlliedSignal Corporation
1985 - 1995 Mission Specialist Astronaut on Space Shuttle missions STS-39, STS-49, and STS-65, NASA Johnson Space Center
1979 - 1985 Mission Operations Spacecraft Attitude and Pointing and Rendezvous and Proximity Operations, NASA Johnson Space Center


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
American Astronautical Society (AAS)
Association of Space Explorers (ASE)


Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) Engineering Advisory Board
Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Board of Advisors
Association of Space Explorers (ASE) USA Board of Directors

Space Center Houston Advisory Board
FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC)

Review Panels:
External Independent Readiness Review panel for the 2nd Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 1996-1997
STS-87 Spartan deployment anomaly (lead) 1997-98
Weightless Environment Training Facility (WETF) Near-drowning investigation

Awards (Selected)

Northwest Nazarene University Centennial Medallion Award, 2013
Lockheed Martin Eagle Award, 2012
Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, University of Colorado, 2002
AlliedSignal Premier Performance Award, 1998
Northwest Nazarene University Professional Achievement Award, 1996
AlliedSignal Bold Thinking Awards, 1996, 1997
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, 1995
NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 1992
Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Northwest Nazarene University, 1991
Aviation Week Laurels for 1983, 1991 & 1992
NASA Space Flight Medal for STS-39, 1991; STS-49, 1992; & STS-65, 1994
North Dakota National Achievement Award for Excellence, 1992
Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, 1992
De La Vaulx Award and Korolev Diploma from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, 1992
Victor Prather Award & Flight Achievement Award from the American Astronautical Society, 1992
David C. Schilling Award from the Air Force Association, 1992
NASA Special Achievement Award in 1992
Komorov Award from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, 1991