VIASPACE Press Release
Former Army Secretary Dr Francis Harvey Appointed to VIASPACE Advisory Board
FORMER ARMY SECRETARY DR. FRANCIS HARVEY APPOINTED TO VIASPACE ADVISORY BOARD
PASADENA, CA -March 11, 2008-- VIASPACE Inc. (OTCBB: VSPC), a company dedicated to commercializing proven technologies from NASA and the US Department of Defense, announced today that Dr. Francis Harvey has joined its Advisory Board. Dr. Harvey served as the 19th Secretary of the Army from November 2004 to March 2007. As Secretary, he was responsible for the Department of the Army's annual budget, which in Fiscal Year 2007 was over $200 billion. He led a consolidated work force of over one million active duty, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve Soldiers, 240,000 Department of the Army civilian employees and approximately 200,000 contracted service personnel. Dr. Harvey traveled extensively to visit soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and at over 150 Army installations, camps and forward operating bases in the United States, Europe and Asia during his tenure.
The majority of Dr. Harvey's prior business career was spent with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, which he joined in 1969 as a senior engineer and retired from in 1997 as the Chief Operating Officer of the Industries and Technology Group. During the course of his Westinghouse career, he held several senior leadership position including General Manager of the Electrical Systems Division, General Manager of the Marine Division, Vice President of Science and Technology, President of the Government and Environmental Services Company and President of the Defense and Electronics Systems Group
Dr. Harvey earned his doctorate in Metallurgy and Material Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science from the University of Notre Dame.
VIASPACE CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen stated, "Dr. Harvey will have an immediate impact in speeding the implementation of the company's strategy for global security products. The SHINE inference engine and sensor fusion technologies in our VIASPACE Security Group have tremendous synergy with Dr. Harvey's background and experience. We are delighted to add Dr. Harvey to our Advisory Board and look forward to his assistance and advice for years to come."
About VIASPACE: Originally founded in 1998 with the objective of transforming proven space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense into hardware and software solutions that solve today's complex problems, VIASPACE benefits from important patent and software licenses from Caltech, which manages NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For more information, please visit our website at www.VIASPACE.com, or contact for Investor Relations, Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications at 800-517-8050, or IR@VIASPACE.com.
Press contact: Carl Kukkonen 626-768-3360
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