Bill Rothschild has 41 years of experience managing advanced aerospace systems design, development, test, and analysis projects. He is currently working as a consultant to NASA on heavy lift launch vehicles and space solar power concepts.
Bill worked for Boeing for 10 years on a wide range of space systems development projects. He retired in 2007 as the Director of Engineering Operations at Boeing’s Space Exploration Division in Houston, TX, where he had executive leadership responsibility for a staff of 1550 engineers. During his time with Boeing, Bill led an industry consortium developing launch vehicle concepts derived from the Space Shuttle which resulting in NASA’s decision to develop the Ares 1 and Ares V launchers for the Constellation program. He held a wide variety of program management and project engineering positions on the Space Shuttle, Orion, Orbital Space Plane, 2nd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle, commercial Reusable First Stage booster, Air Force Space Maneuver Vehicle, Space Rescue Vehicle, and the Liquid Flyback Booster programs.
Prior to joining Boeing, Bill worked at Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach, Florida for 7 years. There, he managed the development and vehicle systems integration of advanced rocket engines as a Senior Project Engineer, served as the Systems Engineering Manager for space propulsion architectures, and was the Program Planning & Control Manager for advanced military jet engine development programs.
Bill served as an officer in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring from active duty as a Lt. Col. His broad range of experience during his military career included Program Manager for the Small ICBM missile system, Propulsion Division Chief for ballistic missile systems, Tactical Weapons Branch Chief for the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center, Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Staff, Lead Project Engineer for advanced air-to-air missile systems at the Armament Development & Test Center, and Principle Investigator for rocket propulsion projects at the Air Force Research Lab. He received the Air Force Technical Achievement Award two times, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters.
Bill graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (High Honors) in Physical Sciences, holds a Master of Science degree in Aero-Mechanical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, attended the Defense System Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and has been certified as a DOD Acquisition Program Manager. He has held a Top Secret clearance, with special access and Q clearance provisions.