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Tim Kyger

Washington Representative, July-November 2003

During Late 2003, Tim Kyger was Foresight Institute's Washington Representative, pursuing legislative and other matters in the nation's capitol that concern Foresight Institute and its members.

Kyger was a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, serving on the Committee's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space for two years (1995 and 1996). Before that he worked for six years for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA45), as Rohrabacher's legislative assistant for science, technology, environment, and space (Chairman Rohrabacher has served on the House Science Committee's Space Subcommittee for the 13 years he has been in Congress). He introduced Congressman Rohrabacher to the concepts of molecular nanotechnology in 1989. During the eight years Tim worked in the Congress, his work was focused almost exclusively on trying to get an SSTO "X"-vehicle demonstrator built. Tim was instrumental in keeping the DC-X vehicle funded and actually built, and for the funding of its subsequent DC-XA incarnation.

After his work in the Congress, Tim was Manager of Washington Operations for Universal Space Network, a space services company founded by the late Apollo 12 astronaut Pete Conrad. Universal Space Lines is headquartered in Newport Beach, California, and has offices and operations in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, and Australia.

Prior to his work in the Congress, Tim was a technical writer and editor for a small CIM software company in Silicon Valley (Consilium, Inc.). Previous to that, he worked for five years for Sprint as a telecommunications engineer. He has also worked as an engineer for Western Electric, and as a technical editor and writer for Fujitsu America. It was during this time that he first met Dr. Eric Drexler and Christine Peterson and became acquainted with the potentials of MNT.

His degree is in Public Administration, but he hastens to add he has a minor in computer science, and that he pursued a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering for two years before being seduced away into a different course of study by computers. He has a lifelong interest in space and aviation, dating from the age of four. His earliest memory is Sputnik, which he tried to duplicate by building tinker-toy models.

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