President, CEO of Challenger Center will address Penn State Wilkes-Barre graduates

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LEHMAN TWP. — Dr. Lance Bush, president and CEO of Challenger Center, will address graduates at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the campus’ Athletics and Recreation Building.

Challenger Center is a nonprofit science, technology, engineering and math education organization. The center, which is named after the Challenger shuttle tragedy to honor the crew of flight STS-51-L, has provided more than five million students with simulation-based STEM educational experiences.

Bush holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in technology policy and management from The Pennsylvania State University, along with a Space Studies Program from International Space University.

He began his career at NASA as one of the chief engineers designing the next generation of space transportation. Dr. Bush managed the International Space Station Commercial Development Program and co-founded and served as chairman of the International Space Station Multilateral Commercialization Group.

Bush also served as the Chief Strategic Officer at Paragon Space Development Corporation. He helped grow and mature the firm to become nationally recognized and, as a result, Paragon was included on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list for five straight years.

Friends and family of the class of 2018 are encouraged to plan for extra time when arriving for the ceremony. All bags will be searched for security purposes before entering the gymnasium. For information, contact Rachel Olszewski, strategic communication specialist, at 570-675-9269 or

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