Graduation Year: 1992
Updated Feb 2017.
Len became 'hooked on space' as a child watching Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions on TV, and fittingly he was the first Canadian military officer selected to attend UND full-time in 1991-92 for The Space Studies graduate program. This built on a Bachelor of Science (Math & Physics) earned from the Royal Military College of Canada, and two decades of experience as a signals intelligence operator, fighter controller, aerospace instructor, requirements and project officer, and staff officer with The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). On graduation from UND in 1992, he was assigned to Colorado Springs as a liaison officer with the 21st Space Wing, served as a Missile Officer in the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, and as a NORAD surveillance requirements director until he chose military retirement after 26 years in 1996.
Len became a US citizen in order to work as an aerospace consultant with Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon, IBM, and CSC, along with several project management duties with smaller firms until being assigned to the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization at the Pentagon in 2009. In 2011 this led to his recruitment as a an aerospace business development manager and working in the United Arab Emirates from where he relocated back to Canada in 2016. UND graduate studies opened the doors to a wonderful period of growth and productivity lasting 25 years, and Len cites the wonderful faculty and staff of the Center for Aerospace Studies as the inspiration to continue learning and teaching others.