Allan J. McDonald

Allan J. McDonald

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ALLAN J. MCDONALD IS THE ONLY PERSON IN AMERICAN HISTORY RESTORED TO HIS JOB BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS. Allan J. McDonald received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 1959 and an M.S. in Engineering Administration from the University of Utah in 1967; retiring from ATK Thiokol Propulsion after a 42-year career with the company. He was the Director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project at the time of the Challenger accident and led the redesign of the solid rocket motors as Vice President of Engineering for Space Operations. He has several patents related to rocket propulsion, published over 80 technical papers that have been presented in national and international conferences, and received numerous professional awards. He received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from Montana State University in 1986, was selected as Montana State University's Centennial Alumnus in 1987 by the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, is a Fellow member and a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Orbital Technologies Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin before they were purchased by Sierra Nevada Corp. in 2014. He can be contacted at More information on Allan J. McDonald and his book, Truth, Lies, and O-rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster can be found on his website at
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