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Gary L. Wentz, Jr.
Vice President, Human and Commercial Systems
Gary L. Wentz is vice president, Human and Commercial Systems, for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this role, Wentz leads the team responsible for ULA’s role in returning human spaceflight to American soil. He and his team support launch capabilities for The Boeing Company’s CST-100 Starliner capsule, and work with Boeing to develop an evolved Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS) for the first mission of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), as well as serving as the primary interface to senior commercial launch customers.
Prior to joining ULA, Wentz served as the chief executive officer of Stratolaunch Systems Corporation and during the rst four years was instrumental in establishing a small entrepreneurial company and leading the team through all startup activities. In addition, he successfully completed construction and outtting of two large facilities in Mojave, California, to manufacture and assemble the air-launch platform. He led the development, manufacturing, and assembly of a unique one-of-a-kind, purpose-built composite aircraft.
Previously Wentz served as a senior executive at NASA and has worked projects onboard SpaceLab, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, 2nd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle Program, Orbital Space Program, and Exploration Systems.
Wentz received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering and a Master of Science degree in engineering management from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. He is the recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Certicate of Commendation, the NASA Space Station Program Team Excellence Award, numerous group achievements, and certicates of achievement.