Meet the Mission Team
AIM Program Executive, NASA Headquarters
Jeffrey Hayes is a discipline scientist in the Heliophysics and Astrophysics Divisions at NASA HQ. He duties include the support of missions currently in operation (Mission Operations and Data Analysis; MO&DA), as well as their data holdings, and provides guidance for those missions which are in their definition or the early development phases. He is the Program Executive for the 18 operational NASA Heliophysics missions, as well as 5 operational Astrophysics missions. He was the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) program scientist in the Astrophysics division, as well as the Program Executive for the other Astrophysics operating missions and data archives.
Prior to joining NASA in 2002, Mr. Hayes was a senior scientist working on the NPOESS satellite project, which was launched in 2011 as Suomi/NPP, and before that a member of a 6-person team of on-site resident astronomers, responsible for overseeing the acquisition of data obtained for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in Sunspot NM.
In a 10-year period at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs the HST, Mr. Hayes was as an instrument scientist the FOS and STIS instruments, and worked on digitizing the entire night sky for Internet access. He has taught physics and astronomy at a number of universities: Loyola University in Maryland, Rutgers University in New Jersey, the University of Maine, Carleton University in Ottawa, and others, and has had numerous observing runs at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, the Very Large Array, Lowell Observatory, Mont Megantic, and Apache Point Observatory.
He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Universite de Montreal, and Rutgers University, as well as a visiting scientist at Fermilab.
He studied for his doctorate at the University of Maine, his M.Sc. in astronomy at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax NS, and his B.Sc. in physics at Carleton University in Ottawa.