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. As sector head, Dr. Braun is responsible for the accountability and performance of the sector as an enterprise, developing and executing a sector strategy, and representing the Laboratory to the sponsor communities. He oversees the activities of the Civil Space and National Security Space mission areas and the 1,300 team members who support the sector’s efforts. Dr. Braun 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. He has more than 35 years of experience as a space systems engineer, technologist, and organizational leader.