Alan has been recognized for his leadership and contributions in the field of policy, communications, and STEAM education in the aerospace sector. He is especially known for playing a leading role in developing and managing programs to directly engage the general public in space research and space-related outreach opportunities.
He is Chief of To Orbit Productions, an independent company that provides consulting services and lectures on space policy as well the creation of art projects based on space themes. Ladwig is also serving as the Chief of Communications and a member of the Board of Directors of the Star Harbor Space Training Academy, a startup company with plans to offer astronaut training for the general public.
During his career Ladwig received NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal, the Exceptional Achievement Medal, two Exceptional Service Medals, the Outstanding Leadership Medal, and was a member of six Group Achievement Awards. He is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society. In 2014 Ladwig received the Distinguish Alumni Award for both Elgin Community College and the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
He served in U.S. Army with the 558th Artillery Group, stationed in Athens, Greece from 1972-1974.
Ladwig received a Masters in Higher Education (1976) and Bachelors in Speech (1970) from Southern Illinois University. He received an Associates degree in Business from Elgin Community College (1968).
In addition to speaking and writing on space issues, Alan devotes much of his time to creating art. He creates in the mediums of found-art sculptures, galactic retablos, ceramics, stained glass, island-inspired mobiles, and tin can mosaics.
Alan creations have been displayed at Lake Barcroft Art League-sponsored events, Gallery Clarendon, Del Ray Artisans, Falls Church Art Gallery, NASA Headquarters, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.
His galactic retablo, “Tranquility Base Productions Presents an Evening with Will Rodgers and the Andrews Sisters” received the Del Ray Artisans Curator’s Award for the Fun-derful Show and his “Climate Change” galactic retablo received an Honorable Mention for a show at the Clarendon Gallery.