Donald E. Willis, a former Apollo flight controller, will talk about America’s moon program as special guest speaker at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Mound Science and Energy Museum in Miamisburg.
Willis, of Troy, Ohio, is treasurer of WACO Historical Society and a NAHA trustee. He holds degrees in aeronautics and mathematics from Miami University and a graduate degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.
Growing up in rural Darke County, Willis developed a passion for flight and soloed at age 16, according to the Mound Museum announcement. As an Air Force technical and intelligence officer, he worked as a NASA flight controller in Houston during the Apollo program.
He also served in Vietnam and was an assistant professor of astronautics and computer science at the Air Force Academy, according to his WACO biography. Following military service he held a variety of executive positions in the aerospace industry, including a vice president and business director at Honeywell, a co-founder of Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and a corporate vice president of Motorola.
The Mound Museum preserves the history of the former Department of Energy Mound plant. Established by the Atomic Energy Commission for America’s nuclear weapons program, Mound also developed nuclear technology for America’s space program. In the Apollo program, Mound supplied nuclear generators for lunar surface experiments.
The lecture is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 1075 Mound Road in Miamisburg. Visit moundmuseum.com for more information.