The World Air League announces Scott G. McNealy and Dr. Mary Ellen Weber joining as Advisory Directors

January 31,2012

HOUSTON, TEXAS - The World Air League is honored that Mr. Scott G. McNealy and Dr. Mary Ellen Weber have joined as Advisory Directors.

Scott G. McNealy

Scott McNealy, co-founder and former Chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems is a pioneering leader in shaping global computing and communications technologies. McNealy co-founded the company in 1982. He served as chief executive officer and chairman at Sun for 22 years, steering the company to constant innovation in open, network computing. He also helped transform the company from a Silicon Valley start-up to a leading provider of network computing infrastructure with more than 30,000 employees worldwide, all while positioning the company as the model of corporate integrity.

McNealy is the founder of Curriki, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to leveraging open source to provide affordable lifelong learning for all students, everywhere. Curriki originated from the idea that technology can play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide – the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not. Curriki helps bridge this divide by providing free and open resources to teachers who need them most. As a global community, Curriki encourages collaboration of diverse experiences from around the world to develop “best of breed” learning resources (peer-reviewed and classroom tested) and to create a culture of continuous improvement. Curriki attracts more than 2 million unique visitors per year.

Dr. Mary Ellen Weber

Dr. Mary Ellen Weber is a two-time Space Shuttle Astronaut, World Record and National Championship Skydiver, Engineer, Scientist, and Pilot. Dr. Mary Ellen Weber was a NASA Astronaut for ten years and is the veteran of two Space Shuttle flights. She is among the youngest Astronauts ever to venture into space, having traveled 297 earth orbits and 7.8 million miles. In 2000, she flew aboard Atlantis on mission STS-101, a pioneering and critical early construction mission for the International Space Station. She also flew aboard Discovery in 1995 on mission STS-70, launching a $200 million communications satellite into Earth orbit and performing groundbreaking biotechnology experiments. In addition to her experience in the Astronaut Corps in mission operations and development, she held key positions reporting to NASA’s highest executives, in building businesses from space research, in strategic communications, and in program oversight. She is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

"The World Air League is honored by Mr. McNealy and Dr. Weber in having their personal commitment and bringing their perspectives to helping shape and realize the World Sky Race mission. They each possess an aspiration for innovative change and have successfully expanded the bonds of Humanity living together. They will significantly add to the diversity and unity of our Advisory Board." state Don Hartsell, Commissioner of the World Air League in his welcoming the newest members.

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