Dr. Howard McCurdy is professor of public affairs at American University in Washington, D.C, currently on leave for one year at the University of Washington in Seattle. Author or co-author of six books on the U.S. space program, he is best known for his award winning Space and the American Imagination. He recently authored Faster, Better, Cheaper, a critical analysis of cost-cutting initiatives in the U.S. space program, while an earlier study of NASA’s organizational culture, Inside NASA, won the 1994 Henry Adams prize for that year’s best history on the federal government. He is currently working on a new book on human and robotic space flight. Professor McCurdy received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Washington and his doctorate from Cornell University.