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Professional Profile:
Walter Cunningham


Forty five years of diversified management experience accumulated at the highest levels during separate careers in private industry, government service and the U.S. military, with notable achievements in each.

  • Venture Capital, Real Estate, Offshore Pipeline and Consulting Engineering Industries: Chief Executive and Senior Operating Positions.
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration: U.S. Astronaut and Program Manager.
    United States Marine Corps: Colonel, Fighter Pilot.

  • General management and leadership.
  • Organization, planning, and management control systems.
  • Evaluation of operating companies and new technologies.
  • Financial analysis and evaluation of investments.
  • Public relations and governmental affairs.
  • Operations research and systems analysis.
  • Small business start-ups, writing, professional speaking.


North America Scandinavia  Far East Western Europe Australia Middle East Antarctica

  • Married, two children.

  • Education:
    University of California at Los Angeles (Physics), B.S., 1960, with honors; M.S., 1961, with distinction; Institute of Geophysics And Planetary Sciences, completed work on Doctorate in physics with exception of thesis;
    NASA, (Space Sciences and Geology), 2,000 hours, 1963-1971
    Harvard Graduate School of Business, AMP, 1974

  • Commercial Pilot's License; single and multi-engine, land, sea, rotorcraft and instrument ratings; 4,500 hours pilot time, including 263 hours in space.

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Texas.

  • Author of The All-American Boys (Macmillan, 1977; Ibooks, 2003) and numerous articles for magazines, technical journals and newspapers.

  • Speaks and reads English and German and speaks Spanish.

  • Radio talk show host

  • Fellow: American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Member (or former member): Selection Committee for the 1984 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Society of Experimental Test Pilots, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, Association of Space Explorers, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Pi Sigma, Explorers Club, Chairman, Texas Aerospace Commission, Advisory Board, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Director, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Advisory Board, National Space Biomedical Research Institute and numerous other professional and civic organization.


Involved in the startup and development of approximately thirty venture financed companies as an organizer, investor or with other significant contributions. Past or present Director of numerous public and privately held companies, including:

Computer Aided Services
Nitron Inc.
Transducer Technologies
Electronic Arrays
Sterling Technologies
Aware, Inc.
Texas Guaranty Bank
Ameriway Bank
University Savings
Digital Pathways
Votrax Inc.
Dalsat Inc.
Pi Electronics
Health Care News


Recipient of numerous national and international honors, including:
  • NASA Disctinguished Service Medal
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal
  • AIAA Haley Astronautics Award, 1969
  • UCLA Professional Achievement Award, 1969
  • Special Trustees Award, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy), 1969
  • Medal of Valor, American Legion, 1975
  • Outstanding American Award, American Conservative Union, 1975
  • Listed in all major Who's Whos
  • George Haddaway Award, 2000
  • Named to Houston Hall Of Fame
  • International Space Hall Of Fame
  • Astronaut Hall of Fame
    Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame
  • San Diego Air and Space Hall of Fame


Currently: Lecturer, writer and consultant to start-up technology companies.

1998 - 2004: Radio talk show host of Lift-off To Logic and Chairman, Texas Aerospace Commission.

1986 - 1998: The Genesis Fund; Founder/Managing General Partner
A $16 million venture capital pool and UNCO Ventures, a $3 million SBIC, making equity investments in early stage, technology oriented companies. Returned 14 percent on equity.

1979 - 1986: The Capital Group; Founder
A private investment firm catering to the particular needs of non-resident investors. The firm engaged in venture capital activities, addressed the financial needs of start-up and development phase companies and engaged in the acquisition of investment property.

1972 - 1984: Investor and Entrepreneur
One small business start-up, capitalized with $1,000, grew to annual revenues in excess of $1 million. Organizer of two national bank charters. Outside director of a number of technology based companies. Residential and commercial real estate investor.

1976 - 1979: 3D International; Senior Vice President and Director
President of the Engineering Division of this international architectural, engineering, and project management firm, with extensive operations in the Middle East. Effected a successful turn-around through modern management techniques. Grew to five disciplines and 165 engineers.

1974 - 1976: Hydrotech Development Company; President
An offshore engineering company, manufacturing a proprietary line of sub-sea pipeline connectors with extensive operations in the North Sea.. Managed the preliminary design of an unmanned, remotely operated, pipeline repair system for use at water depths of 4,000 feet.

1971 - 1974: Century Development Corporation; Senior Vice President
Responsible for the Operations, Legal and Administrative divisions, 5 million square feet of commercial properties and three service companies providing maintenance, parking and security services.

1968 - 1971: NASA; Chief, Skylab Branch of the Astronaut Office
Coordinated the operational development, system integration and habitability of all Skylab Space Station hardware including 5 manned space modules, 2 launch vehicles and 56 major experiments. Skylab was the first manned space application of photo-voltaic electric power, inertial storage devices for attitude control and molecular sieves for environmental control.

1963 - 1971: NASA; Astronaut.
Second civilian Astronaut. Pilot on Apollo 7, the first manned mission of the Apollo Program. Played a key role in all aspects of manned space flight including training, planning, systems design, testing operational support, space flight, analysis of results, program management, and public relations.

1960 - 1963: The RAND Corporation; Physicist.
Engaged in operations research on intelligence satellite data and performed studies of the earth's magnetosphere and classified projects for the Department of Defense.

1951-1976: U.S. Marine Corps; Active and Reserve Components.
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps - Retired, with 4,500 hours pilot time, including 263 hours in space.

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