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Howard K. Schue, alumnus, class of 1959

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Howard Schue’s path was evident in high school—an inquisitive mind and desire to lead would direct him throughout his lifetime. His high school science projects on space travel and the concepts of a space station, earned him regional prizes in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. Following graduation in 1959, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy N.Y. After one year he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned a B.S. in Military Engineering and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Over his 42-year career, he served in the U.S. Air Force, was a senior civilian member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Intelligence Community Staff, rose to President and Chief Operating Officer for Martin Marietta Technical Services and worked in various other capacities for government and private industry. His military assignments include military satellite flight operations, satellite reconnaissance, weapons and space systems design and procurement, and research and analysis of space vehicles. In 1973 at the invitation of the CIA, he resigned his commission and entered the Air Force Reserve to undertake several classified projects. He was instrumental in creating a Reserve Detachment of 50 highly specialized Reservists to provide intelligence support in the event of a national emergency.

In 1977 he joined the aerospace division of Martin Marietta where he earned the company’s Engineer of the Year for his efforts to win the government’s bid for a classified space program. His Martin Marietta work included spacecraft concepts, nuclear waste disposal, the Space Station, the Strategic Defense Initiative, telecommunications and computer systems and corporate marketing strategies. After successfully serving in several other positions within the U.S. government and private firms, Mr. Schue retired in 2008.

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