Career Information for John Fongheiser
Since 1990 Mr. Fongheiser has developed an expertise in the design and development of US manned spacecraft. He has assembled a vast database of engineering data
detailing every spacecraft from Mercury through Space Shuttle. This database, combined with advanced design and fabrication tools, enables him to create the most realistic and historically accurate
spacecraft exhibits and simulations available.
Mr. Fongheiser has a BS degree in electronic technology from the University of Akron. Beginning in 1980 he worked for 10 years as a systems engineer and
intelligence analysis engineer for GTE Government Systems in Mountain View, California. His duties included developing and documenting operational plans for a high priority real time collection system
with operator interaction, specifying the software and hardware procedures. He also managed up to $500K contracts for system upgrades, tested subsystem units, designed system and unit modifications, and
installed system upgrades at an overseas communications site.
While at GTE Mr. Fongheiser earned an Exceptional Performance Award, for system operational plan development.
Mr. Fongheiser is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), an international
association of aerospace professionals. He serves on the AIAA History Technical Committee, addressing the problems associated with preserving the technical history of aerospace progress.