In Memoriam John “Row” Rogacki

Associate Director (ret.)

“Dr. Rogacki brings a wealth of experience to IHMC to include senior level administrative and research work with the Air Force, NASA, and Department of Defense,” said IHMC CEO and Director Dr. Kenneth Ford. “We are excited that Row has chosen to join our leadership team, and look forward to his many contributions to our institutional success and relationships going forward.”

Prior to joining IHMC, Dr. Rogacki served from 2004-2010 as Director of the University of Florida’s Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF), a unique educational facility in Northwest Florida supporting US Air Force research and education needs through graduate degree programs in mechanical, aerospace, electrical, computer, industrial, and systems engineering. Under Dr. Rogacki’s leadership, the REEF grew into a highly capable and internationally respected research and education facility.

Among his past experiences, Dr. Rogacki has served as: NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Transportation Technology (in charge of the Space Launch Initiative); Program Director for the Orbital Space Plane and Next Generation Launch Technology Programs; Co-Chair of the NASA/DoD Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology Program; Director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s Space Transportation Directorate; Director of the Propulsion Directorate for the USAF Research Laboratory; Director of the USAF Phillips Laboratory Propulsion Directorate; and Deputy Director of the Flight Dynamics Directorate of the USAF Wright Laboratory. He has served as primary NASA liaison for the National Aerospace Initiative; Co-chair, DoD Future Propulsion Technology Advisory Group; Co-chair, DoD Ground and Sea Vehicles Technology Area Readiness Assessment Panel; Member of the National High Cycle Fatigue Coordinating Committee; and Senior NASA representative to the Joint Aeronautical Commanders Group.

Dr. Rogacki earned his PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and his BS in Engineering Mechanics from the US Air Force Academy. Later, he became Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics (and Chief of the Materials Division) at the USAF Academy. In 2005, he graduated from the Senior Executives Program in National and International Security at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. An accomplished pilot, Rogacki has logged over 3300 flying hours as pilot, instructor pilot, and flight examiner in aircraft ranging from motorized gliders to heavy bombers.