G. Scott Hubbard
Professor Hubbard's research interests include the study of both human and robotic exploration of space with a particular focus on technology and missions for planetary exploration, especially Mars. Prof. Hubbard is also an expert on the emerging entrepreneurial space industry and serves as the Director of the Stanford Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST). As part of his ongoing engagement with robotic Mars missions, Prof. Hubbard serves as a member of National Academy of Science review groups and as a frequent consultant to NASA projects. Current research topics include novel hybrid propulsion for applications such as a Mars Ascent Vehicle and drilling techniques for a future Mars sample return mission. Within the COE CST, Prof. Hubbard is leading research to enable, facilitate and promote commercial space. As the former Director of NASA's Ames Research Center, he maintains an active connection to the space exploration community.
Brief Biography: Professor Hubbard has been engaged in space-related research as well as program, project, and executive management for more than 35 years including 20 years with NASA, culminating as Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center. He currently Chairs the SpaceX Commercial Crew Safety Advisory Panel. Hubbard served as NASA’s first Mars program director and successfully restructured the entire Mars program in the wake of mission failures. His book entitled, “Exploring Mars: Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery”, describes his work on NASA’s Mars Program. Professor Hubbard previously served as the sole NASA representative on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and directed the impact testing that established the definitive physical cause of the accident. Hubbard was the founder of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute; conceived the Mars Pathfinder mission with its airbag landing and was the manager for NASA’s highly successful Lunar Prospector Mission. Prior to joining NASA, Professor Hubbard was a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and directed a high-tech start-up company. He has received many honors including NASA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal.
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2007 Challenger Learning Center Distinguished Achievement Award.
2006 Carl Sagan Memorial Award by the American Astronautical and Planetary Societies
2006 Presidential Meritorious Rank Senior Executive
2005 NASA Exceptional Service Medal for Columbia Accident Board report
2004 Distinguished Service Medal (NASA’s Highest Award) for demonstrating the physical cause of the Columbia accident
2004 Engineering Science Award, International Academy of Astronautics
2004 Von Kármán medal for notable and distinguished technical performance in the field of Astronautics: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
2003 “Laurels” from Aviation Week for Mars Exploration Rovers (Team award)
2002 NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for Mars Odyssey
2001 NASA Group Achievement Award for Decadal Planning Team
2001 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for Mars Program Restructuring
1999 NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for Lunar Prospector Mission
1998 “Laurels” from Aviation Week for Lunar Prospector
1998 NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for Mars Pathfinder Project
1997 “Laurels” from Aviation Week for Mars Pathfinder
1996 NASA Group Achievement Award for Science Institute Planning Team
1996 NASA Group Achievement Award for Galileo Probe Mission Team
1995 NASA Group Achievement Award for Ames Reorganization Team
1994 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for creation of Mars Environmental Survey (now Mars Pathfinder) mission.
1994 Jack Neilsen Award for best Director’s Fund proposal
1992 Invited Speaker: JPL Workshop on Innovative Long Wave Infrared Detectors (4/92)
1991 Superior Presentation Award, IEEE Nuclear Science Society Annual Conference, Santa Fe N. M., Nov. 1991.
1990 NASA Group Achievement Award for Lunar and Mars Exploration Study
1982 Invited Speaker, Materials Research Society, Symposium on Nuclear Radiation Detector Materials, Boston MA.
1966-1970 Founder’s Scholarship, Vanderbilt University.