September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: George Charles Allen

Founder, President and CEO, AeroVenture Institute (AVI); Worcester and Southbridge

Birthplace: Bristol, Conn.


Residence: Worcester


High school: Millbury High School


Colleges and degrees earned:
B.A, Clark; M.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Career highlights: Recent graduate of NASA's Space Academy for Educators. Received the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association's Outstanding Flight School Award in 2013, in which AVI (formerly The Worcester Regional Flight Academy) was named among top 10 U.S. flight schools. Recognized with a key to the City of Worcester in 2013.

Community involvement: Developed aviation and aerospace outreach programs for local schools and nonprofits. Sits on advisory board of the Central Massachusetts STEM Network and Regional Science Resource Center.

Ultimate career goal: To promote the renaissance of cultural and educational interest in deep-space exploration, and earn my Ph.D in science, technology and society at MIT.

Non-relative you admire most: Richard Branson

Favorite book: "Failure Is Not An Option," by Gene Kranz

Hidden talents: Published philosopher and classical pianist; can also read and translate ancient Greek and Latin.

"If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … re-invest the money to further develop innovative aerospace programs for high school students."

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