About Our Speakers

William M. Gutman PhD

Director of Aerospace Operations
Spaceport America, New Mexico Spaceport Authority

Dr. Bill Gutman has been the Director of Aerospace Operations at Spaceport America since October 2009, although he has provided technical support for the development of the spaceport since the mid 1990s through a contract with New Mexico State University. As Aerospace Operations Director, his major responsibilities are to oversee flight safety, to facilitate customer operations, to maintain the FAA launch site operator license, and to assist with infrastructure planning and development. Prior to joining the spaceport, Dr. Gutman was employed by the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory and worked on diverse projects such as research in propagation of high power laser radiation, investigation of the optical properties of military smoke materials, development of optical instrumentation systems, and development of risk assessment methodologies for aviation and space launch systems. Dr. Gutman earned his Ph.D. in optical and molecular physics from Ohio State University.