Past Successful Graduates

Dave Ruck

School: American University
Field of Studies: Historical Documentary
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Major Achievements: Dave Ruck's MFA thesis film, “I want to be an Astronaut,” was screened on the international space station. Through the Human's to Mars (organization) the film had a VIP screening of "Astronaut" in April at the MPAA with special guests Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Bolden, others. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, ATK sponsored a screening at the widely attended 30th Space Symposium at the Broadmoor in Colorado. Participating were Mike Gawes who runs the Human Spaceflight Program at Lockheed Martin, John Shannon, the youngest Flight Director at NASA and who has subsequently run the Shuttle Program and is the Manager of the International Space Station Program as well as the Space Launch System (SLS) program at Boeing, John Grunsfeld who has had a scientific experiment on-board all five Shuttles (orbiters) and has performed eight spacewalks to repair the Hubble Space Telescope and Charlie Precourt, a distinguished astronaut and the VP of the Society of Space Explorers, who has flown four Shuttle missions, has been a distinguished test pilot as well as a test pilot instructor and is currently the VP and General Manager of ATK.

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