photo of Bruce Chesley

Senior Associate, Teaching Science and Technology Inc.

B.S. ASE 1986, The University of Notre Dame
M.S. ASE 1988, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. ASE 1995, University of Colorado Boulder

Bruce Chesley is a senior associate with Teaching Science and Technology, Inc (TSTI). He develops and delivers technical short courses and workshops to assist government agencies, start-ups and established companies develop their workforce for the space domain. His current focus areas are satellite design, model-based systems engineering and cybersecurity for the space domain.

Chesley received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, his M.S. in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado.

His professional career began in the U.S. Air Force. He held assignments at Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Department of Astronautics at the USAF Academy. Chesley left the military in 2000 and spent the next 20 years in industry with Boeing Space and Launch. In addition to engineering and technology development roles, he held executive positions in program management, business development and strategy.

Chesley was responsible next-generation satellites and advanced mission capabilities for Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. He also led the market introduction of Boeing’s commercial small satellite product line and phased array communications payloads. He also was the Chief Architect for the X-37B experimental spaceplane. Chesley’s involvement with the X-37B began in the early phases of conceptual design and culminated in the Collier Trophy award in 2019 for achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America for that year.

He was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and served on the Bureau of the International Astronautical Federation, where he remains an active committee member. His doctoral research was recognized with a Best Technical Paper Award from AIAA.

Chesley lives in Georgetown, TX with his wife, Julie. They have two grown daughters and they enjoy traveling as well as volunteering to support family members of those suffering from mental health difficulties.