2012 keynote speaker: Robert Curbeam, Jr.
Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr. is Vice president for Mission Assurance, for Raytheon Company’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. Prior to Raytheon, Mr. Curbeam had over 23 years of naval service and was as an astronaut with NASA where he served on three space shuttle missions. Mr. Curbeam graduated from Woodlawn High School, Baltimore Maryland in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1984 and a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1990. Mr. Curbeam was named Fighter Wing One Radar Intercept Officer of the Year in 1989 and received the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Best Developmental Thesis (DT-II) Award. He currently holds the record for the most spacewalks during single spaceflight. During the STS-116 mission, Mr. Curbeam completed four spacewalks.