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Tory Bruno (born November 3, 1961 as Salvatore Thomas Bruno) is an American aerospace engineer, rocket scientist, executive and Cowboy. He has been the CEO of United Launch Alliance since August 2014. Before ULA, he worked at Lockheed Martin, where he made the transition from engineer to executive.

Tory Bruno
Bruno, wearing a suit with blue tie, gestures as though presenting something off-camera.
Bruno in February 2018
Salvatore Thomas Bruno

(1961-11-03) November 3, 1961 (age 57)
EducationMechanical Engineering (B.Sc.)
Alma materCalifornia Polytechnic State University
TitlePresident and Chief Executive Officer of United Launch Alliance

Early lifeEdit

Salvatore "Tory" Thomas Bruno was born in Monterey, California in 1961 to Martha Scott (Martin) Bruno and Thomas Salvatore Bruno, a commercial fisherman.[1] Tory was raised by his maternal Grandmother, Virginia (Krause) Martin on her small ranch in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains in Amador County. [2]

As early as twelve, he was interested in rocketry. Inspired by watching the moon landings, Bruno was determined to build his own model rockets. When he found a case of 80 year old dynamite in the back of the barn, he used a pen knife to cut open the sticks and extract the explosives which become propellant for his homemade solid rocket motors.[3]


Bruno graduated from Amador County High School [4][full citation needed]. He also briefly attended Queen Anne High School in Seattle.[5][full citation needed]


Lockheed MartinEdit

Bruno started with Lockheed as a summer intern while still attending Cal Poly. He worked as a mechanical engineer in the quality assurance organization of the Missile Systems Division. He spent that summer working on various generations of the Fleet Ballistic Missile.[1]

Upon graduation from Cal Poly, he returned to Lockheed as a structures designer working primarily on the Trident I and II SLBM Missiles. After a few years, he transferred to the mechanical controls group. There, he developed experience in reaction and thrust vector control systems. These were applied to a wide variety of systems including the Polaris SLBM, Poseidon SLBM, Trident SLBM, Minuteman ICBM, and Peace Keeper ICBM as well as the Lockheed Launch Vehicle. Bruno also briefly supported the Space Shuttle.[1]

Eventually, Bruno joined the advanced programs team where he worked on new rocket technologies, filing patents,[6] trade secrets, and invention disclosures. After several years as a control systems designer and analyst, he transferred to the propulsion department where he became a ballistician and ordnance engineer.[1]

United Launch AllianceEdit

In August 2014, Bruno left Lockheed Martin to become the president and chief executive officer of United Launch Alliance (ULA),[7] a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Bruno's appointment came as ULA was facing increased competition from newer entrants into the space launch industry, especially from SpaceX with their partially-reusable Falcon 9 rocket, in addition to political pressure from the United States Congress to stop purchasing the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines for use on the Atlas V. Under Bruno's leadership, ULA responded to these issues by announcing Vulcan, a new rocket building on the technology of Atlas V and Delta IV, using the BE-4 engine developed by Blue Origin.


"Templar Organization, The Management of Warrior Monasticism", by S. T. Bruno ISBN 978-1587216213

"Templar Incorporated", by Tory Bruno ISBN 978-1419632402


Von Karman Lecture in Astronautics, AIAA[8][full citation needed]

Werner Von Braun Memorial Award, National Space Society

Alan Smith Distinguished Lectureship, Florida Institute of Technology [9][full citation needed]

Cal Poly University Distinguished Alumni  [10][full citation needed]

Commander of the Order of Merit, SMOTJ [11][full citation needed]