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Mark Mulholland

Principal Systems Engineer, Space Commerce, MITRE

Mark Mulholland has held a wide range of satellite acquisition and space operations jobs dating back to 1976.  He has had careers in the U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He is currently a MITRE employee working as a consultant to the Director and staff of the Office of Space Commerce in the U.S. Department of Commerce in his MITRE role as the Principal Systems Engineer for Space Commerce.  He has acquired 45 years of government, international and private-sector experience in satellite design, acquisition, launch, on-orbit operations, and systems engineering for national security, civil and commercial space and ground programs.  He joined the OSC team in September 2019.

Mr. Mulholland was a civil servant in the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) from 2006-2018.  He was the Director of the Policies, Procedures, and System Assurance Division in the Office of Systems Architecture and Advance Planning (OSAAP) until retirement in January 2018.  He organized the first-ever NESDIS enterprise risk management structure. He was the subject matter expert for the 2014 Export Control Reform initiative, helping to secure significant export control reforms for civil and commercial satellite systems. For ten years, he was the NESDIS member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) and worked on the Long-term Sustainability Working Group developing guidelines and best practices for safe space operations. Earlier, Mr. Mulholland served as the acting Deputy System Program Director for the GOES-R satellite program and as the GOES-R Program Executive to the NESDIS Assistant Administrator.  He was the primary subject matter expert for all aspects of space flight safety and participated as the NOAA representative on numerous interagency and international working groups.

Before NOAA, Mr. Mulholland was a division chief in the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Ground Based Midcourse Program Office in the Missile Defense Agency and in the private sector for Ball Aerospace Corporation managing a systems engineering effort for the joint MDA-Russian Russian-American Observation System (RAMOS) satellite program.

Mr. Mulholland served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in October 1998. During his career, he worked in various elements of the national security space program including 13 years in the National Reconnaissance Office .  He established the NRO’s first 24/7 space situational awareness center, known today as the NRO Operations Center (NROC).

Mr. Mulholland earned a BS in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Mr. Mulholland attended the Leadership in the 21st Centurycourse at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the Air Force Association and the American Meteorological Society (AMS).   He serves on the AMS Committee on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology.

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