Mission Area Executive, Civil Space
Dr. Jason S. Kalirai is the mission area executive for Civil Space at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), where he leads the implementation of innovative and cost-effective solutions to critical civil space challenges. In this role, he oversees space science missions, instruments, and research programs on behalf of APL. Major Civil Space programs under development, in operation, or successfully completed at APL include New Horizons, Parker Solar Probe, Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), Europa Clipper, Lunar Vertex, Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE), Dragonfly, and more. Dr. Kalirai earned a B.S. (with honors) in physics and astronomy, an M.S. in astrophysics, and a Ph.D. in astrophysics, all from the University of British Columbia. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship as a Hubble Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Finally, Dr. Kalirai leads a wide range of APL engagement efforts in the space industry, has published more than 100 research papers, and has given hundreds of invited presentations.