Alumni Profiles    


R. Lynn Bondurant, Jr., '61

R. Lynn Bondurant, Ph.D. is the former Educational Programs Officer in the External Programs Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Glenn Research Center. Dr. Bondurant serves as a member of the Park University Board of Trustees. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Park University, a master of arts degree in zoology from Indiana University and a doctorate degree in curriculum and secondary education from Michigan State University. In 1994, Park University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in science education.

Since retiring from NASA in 1999, Bondurant remains active in the creation and implementation of aerospace educational programs; he serves as director of Education and Public Outreach for Alphaport, Inc. in Cleveland where he is involved with Project Prometheus, a NASA project to develop pioneering nuclear technology for power conversion and electric propulsion for a mission to Jupiter. Dr. Bondurant served as director of Education for the X Prize Foundation, and has chaired numerous educational review committees for NASA Glenn and NASA Headquarters.

Bondurant is the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service and Leadership Medals. He also has received the Arthur C. Clarke Award by the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space; a Challenger Seven Award from the Challenger Center for Space Science Education; the Inter-racial Cooperation Education Award from the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission; the Lifetime Educator Award by the National Space Club; and the Education Technology Think Tank Champion Leadership Award from the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus' Education Brain Trust. In October, Dr. Bondurant was inducted into the North Kansas City High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

Park University Distinguished Alumnus, 1991
Honorary Doctorate, 1993