Jim Adams, retired Deputy Chief Technologist for NASA, managed the entire NASA Planetary Science portfolio from 2007 to 2012, enabling the exploration of Mercury, the Moon, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. He also ran NASA’s Innovation Office, an enterprise designed to incubate new ideas to continue NASA’s leadership role in space exploration. This included a unique public-private partnership that sought out the most promising entrepreneurs from around the globe. Jim has worked on over two-dozen successful currently operating space missions, and received three NASA medals recognising exceptional service and leadership, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. He holds a B.Sc in Physics from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania (PA) and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University, Villanova, PA.
A gifted storyteller, Jim engages the curiosity and imagination of his audiences, and inspires emerging scientists and entrepreneurs to think creatively and inventively.