Bobby Braun

Head, Space Exploration

Robert Braun

Dr. Robert D. Braun is head of the Space Exploration Sector at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), with responsibilities that span all civil and national security space activities at the Lab. He has contributed to the formulation, development, and operation of multiple spaceflight missions and is a recognized authority in hypersonics technology and the development of entry, descent, and landing systems. Dr. Braun previously served in executive positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), and NASA, and has served as a tenured professor at Georgia Tech, CU Boulder, and Caltech. He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in astronautics from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronomical Society, and the author or coauthor of over 300 technical publications.