Jim Halsell, technical director for advanced space launch systems at Dynetics and a former NASA astronaut who flew on five Shuttle flights, will participate in a recruiting information session at the University of Illinois on Monday, Feb. 24. The event, which will be hosted by the iRobotics club on the Urbana-Champaign campus, will be at 7 p.m. at 1 Transportation Building 103. Halsell will talk with students about his career, his experience in space and related engineering topics and tell why he chose Dynetics for his current career.
Halsell, also a retired Air Force colonel, came to Dynetics in October 2011.
As a five-flight shuttle veteran, Halsell has logged more than 1,250 hours in space. He was the pilot on STS-65 and STS-74, and commander of STS-83, STS-94 and STS-101. He served as NASA director of operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, and as manager of Shuttle Launch Integration for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He led NASA's Space Shuttle Return-to-Flight Planning Team after the Columbia accident and served as assistant director for spaceflight training and aircraft operations, Flight Crew Operations Directorate.
Halsell began his career in the U.S. Air Force in 1979. As an F-4 pilot qualified in conventional and nuclear weapons deliveries, he performed test flights in F-4, F-16 and SR-71 aircraft. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in general engineering and obtained a master's degree in Space Operation at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base. Previously, he served as a fighter pilot and strike package commander at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga.
Halsell graduated first in his test pilot school class and was awarded the Liethen/Tittle Trophy. Other awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the NASA Space Flight Medal (four times), the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (two times).
During the information session, Dynetics representative will give an overview of the technical challenges available at Dynetics to University of Illinois graduates. The company is currently taking applications for positions in electrical engineering/computer engineering, aerospace/mechanical engineering and computer science.