Gregory Thomas Coll
U.S. CONGRESS CANDIDATE
Gregory Coll will honorably represent Maryland's 8th Congressional District in the U. S. House of Representatives.
WHERE GREG COMES FROM
Gregory Coll was born and raised in Lambertville, NJ. After high school, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he studied aerospace engineering and pursued working in the space industry. At Embry-Riddle he was the president of the rocket club, historian of Sigma Gamma Tau, the national honor society of aerospace engineering, and an active pilot. After his early graduation in December 2003 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, he set his goals on obtaining a job working on the Space Shuttle program. He started with United Space Alliance working on the Main Propulsion System of the Space Shuttle in February of 2004, and it was a dream come true for him. He spent his days learning about and operating the Space Shuttles, climbing around inside, fixing, and preparing the orbiters for spaceflight. He enjoyed days and nights in the control rooms preparing and then successfully launching humans to space, a team effort that he was honored to have been a part of and participate. In his spare time he also took classes at the University of Central Florida, and was the president of the graduate student association when the university had 42,000 under graduates and 7,200 graduate students. He had the opportunity to host university orientations as part of his role as president. That was his first experience in a major political leadership role.
On a personal note, he met his wife Heather over twelve years ago at a Halloween party in Washington, DC, a night he will never forget. They were married in September 2010, live in Rockville, MD, and have three children together: Alexander, Dane, and Maya. His children bring the most joy to his life.
A THRIVING CAREER
Gregory Coll is currently working in the Aerospace field. He has served as a systems engineering team manager for a government contractor. He was accountable for the design, implementation, and operations of the technical tools and systems supporting NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Satellite Servicing Projects Division SSPD. He served as the OSAM-1 Project Risk Manager and has worked as the Cost Account Manager for the Propulsion and Propellant Transfer Subsystems and effectively utilized program management skills to lead a team of 40+ individuals. He provided architectural leadership for the design and implementation of satellite projects within the division and provided the day-to-day supervision and oversight for a team of systems engineering staff supporting the division across multiple disciplines.
He managed the propulsion and propellant transfer systems effort for SSPD projects including technology development for on-orbit refueling and future concept serviceable propulsion systems work. His work included propellant management systems, hose management systems, hypergolic and cooperative interface tool systems, and cooperatively serviceable propulsion systems. Specific tasks he has worked on have ranged from small ground and on-orbit spacecraft refueling development / testing activities to full end to end refueling demonstrations.
During his time working at Orbital ATK, he led numerous hazardous propulsion tests on: scientific satellites, GEO communication satellites including the Orbital ATK GEOStar line of satellites, Cygnus, Pegasus and other launch vehicle stages. He has traveled internationally for work to Baikonur Cosmodrome and French Guiana to prepare, test, and load hydrazine and NTO propulsion systems for launch. He served as the Antares systems I&T lead, and GEOStar-3 propulsion subsystem lead.
He has also worked at the Kennedy Space Center for United Space Alliance as a console operator of the Space Shuttle Main Propulsion System.
He holds a Bachelors' of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2003) and a Masters in Space Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology (2018). He has served on the Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics since 2013, and is currently a Senior Member.
Win the 8th Congressional District of Maryland Seat in the U.S. Congress
Three specific reasons why Gregory Coll is qualified:
Problem Solver - Gregory Coll is a systematic thinker that understands the big picture, with the skills to manage large projects and problems on a global scale, and has first hand knowledge of working in other countries. He knows how to define a mission statement, set goals and objectives, then refine those into actionable verifiable requirements.
Leader - Gregory Coll is a proven leader, who has foresight to get ahead of problems, lead by example, and delegate effectively. He has a good sense of judgement of character, knows how to build trust, and has experience building coalitions with other leaders. He is willing to do the work required to get the job done, and follow through to the end. He has served on the Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics since 2013, and is currently a Senior Member.
Manager - Gregory Coll is an experienced manager who has practice with the modern technological tools for managing schedules, cost, staff, risks, opportunities, technical problems, and has experience with managing the daily ups and downs of an office environment. He has experience presenting new topics to large teams and effectively communicating goals and objectives. He is effective at giving positive feedback and recognition when appropriate.
Committees Gregory Coll will influence and his positions:
United States House Committee on Appropriations
This committee is commonly known and referred to as the most powerful committee – a moniker stemming from its role as gate keeper of bills determining how our government spends money.
Gregory Coll’s position is that all citizens should pay a fair tax burden. This ultimately means lower taxes, especially for the middle class who struggle to support the nation's many services. Funding, for example, for reducing taxes or other programs for teachers, education, retirees, homeland security, military construction, veterans’ affairs, as well as for labor, health and human services, and education, all come under the prevue of this committee. Gregory Coll will work to lower taxes by carefully reviewing proposed expenditures and fight to eliminate or reduce areas that are wasteful and duplicative, furthermore he will promote fair appropriations for those necessary services. Gregory Coll will work on the Subcommittee of Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to help guide new space policy that will simplify regulations and deliver a common framework for the nation to operate in space.
United States House Committee on the Budget
Each year, by law, the Congress must enact an annual budget. The President of the United States prepares a budget request, and the committee must hold hearings, and set forth proposed levels of revenue and spending. Many contested issues are presented and argued here, so that it is vital to focus on these areas.
Gregory Coll’s position is that we must maintain a balanced budget. This requires intelligent, thoughtful consideration of each line item, and focus on needed, not unnecessary items.
United States House Committee on Education and Labor
This committee has five subcommittees and together they oversee both education programs and workforce programs. It covers a broad scope from early childhood programs through higher education and adult programs, as well as workforce initiatives.
Gregory Coll believes that effective educational programs begin at the earliest age. Developmental disabilities are being diagnosed at an early age and must be addressed as early as possible to ensure that all individuals are able to reach their highest potential. All children deserve an excellent education in order to be able to compete in this highly technical world, and must be supported as needed, including special education, choice, and teacher training.
We must work to maintain rewarding and challenging job opportunities for all who are able.
United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
This committee has jurisdiction over many federal agencies, among them: the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA. It also maintains authority over Research and Development in numerous additional departments and agencies, including the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Five subcommittees are concerned with: Energy, Environment, Investigations and Oversight, Research and Technology, and Space and Aeronautics.
As a systems engineer team manager, working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Gregory Coll has a unique background that makes him an ideal individual to work with this committee. His work entails issues of world-wide importance, and places him in an environment where he interacts with persons concerned with all of the issues under the prevue of this committee. He is at the forefront of science and technology on a daily basis, and will work to ensure that issues of this nature are addressed in an intelligent and forward thinking manner.
United States House Committee on Armed Services
This committee is responsible for oversight and funding of the Department of Defense (DOD) as well as the United States Armed Forces. In addition, it has responsibilities in the Department of Energy. It encompasses ongoing military operations. It has incorporated the former Committee on Naval Affairs.
Gregory Coll’s position is that the U.S. must maintain its global position of military strength. In order to combat the many threats to our national security, and challenges to our freedom, the military must be fully funded and increased as necessary. While negotiation and economic sanctions are our priority and have proven effective to some extent, military power has often proven to be the best deterrent to aggression on the part of others who consider themselves to be our enemies. Gregory Coll will support responsible spending appropriations.
United States House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
This committee is concerned with specific issues of United States military veterans. These include pensions, life insurance, education, vocational training, medical care and home loans. It oversees veterans’ hospitals and specific cemeteries. There are many additional veterans’ services that are the responsibility of other committees.
Gregory Coll believes that we have asked our military to make great sacrifices (including the ultimate sacrifice) in order to serve and defend our country. Many have concluded their military service and returned to civilian life under conditions and circumstances that make it not viable for them to continue where they left off in terms of their daily functioning. It is unacceptable that these individuals should continue to suffer without the supports that they need. Gregory Coll will fight for funding for services including new advances in medical and psychiatric care.