Jim Adams


Deputy Chief Technologist Retired


Mr. Adams has over 35 years of aerospace experience. Recently retired from NASA, he has directed or been involved in over 30 spaceflight missions to explore the Earth the Sun and most of our Solar System. He last served as NASA’s Deputy Chief Technologist, advising the Administrator on NASA’s technology portfolio and advocating the use of new technology throughout the Agency, influencing $6B annually. Mr. Adams has also served as NASA’s Deputy Director of the Planetary Science Division (PSD). He was responsible for a $1.5B annual budget for many missions including the Mars Science Laboratory, Pluto-New Horizons, DAWN (Ceres and Vesta) and MESSENGER (Mercury). He has served on the National Science and Technology Council’s “Strategic Computing Initiative” helping to assure that the nation’s space high performance computing needs would be met by US investments in computing technology and infrastructure. Mr. Adams also led a comprehensive assessment of the Nation’s Pu-238 production capability and infrastructure and many other independent reviews of Agency capabilities. He has been awarded three medals for outstanding service and leadership by the Agency and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

A gifted storyteller, Jim engages the curiosity and imagination of his audiences, and inspires emerging scientists and entrepreneurs to think creatively and inventively.

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