G. Scott Hubbard has made significant contributions to research, development and management of space missions for over 25 years. He has extensive experience as an executive decision maker, project manager and researcher, with an outstanding record of success in formulating new concepts and developing space exploration initiatives.
Hubbard served as Deputy Director for Research at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, from 2001 to 2002. He was responsible for organizing, directing and implementing research efforts that further the strategic plan of the Center. Prior to that assignment, Hubbard served as the first Mars Program Director at NASA headquarters. Hubbard had responsibility for redefining all robotic Mars missions in response to the Mars failures in 1999. In addition, Hubbard was the focal point for integrating new technology and eventual human exploration goals into the Mars Program.
In previous roles at Ames, Hubbard was Associate Director for Astrobiology and Space Programs. That position carried responsibility for programs that comprise the new multidisciplinary study of life in the universe called Astrobiology. Hubbard was one of the founders of Astrobiology and helped establish NASA’s new Astrobiology Institute, serving as the Interim Director. Hubbard’s tenure at Ames began in 1987, and has included a variety of management roles. From 1997-1999, he served as the Deputy Director of the Space Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center. The 800-person Space Directorate is responsible for research in earth, life and space science, and manages advanced studies, space hardware development and mission operations.
Hubbard has been a contributor to, and developer of, space research missions since 1974. He is acknowledged as the originator of the Mars Pathfinder mission and was the Project Manager for Ames’ portion of that mission which successfully landed on Mars July 4, 1997. He was NASA’s manager for the Lunar Prospector Mission that launched on January 6, 1998, and that discovered evidence of water ice at both the north and south poles of the moon. Hubbard has been widely acknowledged for introducing private sector concepts, such as integrated product teams. In addition, he has developed experimental hardware for numerous investigations, including balloon experiments, Apollo-Soyuz and other space science missions.
Prior to joining NASA in 1987, Hubbard conducted both basic and applied research in radiation detection materials and devices. His innovative work in creating the technology for ultra-pure germanium crystals, gamma-ray detectors and far infrared photo-conductors found application in space science missions, as well as particle accelerator experiments. He was a key contributor to inventing the gamma-ray detector technology on the Mars Odyssey mission. In 1979, Hubbard developed the first thin-window, germanium charged-particle telescope for nuclear physics. At NASA Ames, Hubbard has been principal investigator for several detector technology projects and was selected as the co-investigator for the Lunar Prospector gamma-ray spectrometer
Previously, Hubbard served as staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He was a founder, vice president and general manager for Canberra Semiconductor (a high-tech San Francisco Bay Area start-up company), and held the position of senior research physicist at SRI International.
Hubbard received his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University (1970), and graduate education in solid state and semiconductor physics at University of California at Berkeley. He has twice received NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, is a two-time recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, and has twice received “Laurels” from Aviation Week. He was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics, is a member of the American Physical Society, the Nuclear Science Society (IEEE), and Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Hubbard is the author of more than 40 papers on radiation detection and space missions.
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