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G. Scott Hubbard

Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

G. Scott Hubbard has been recognized as an innovator and leader in science, technology and management for more than 30 years - including 20 years with NASA. He currently is a Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University.

From 2002 to 2006 Scott Hubbard was the director of NASA's Ames Research Center in the heart of California's Silicon Valley with an operating budget of $700 million and responsibility for 2,600 people. Known for his innovative approach to collaborations between government, academia and the private sector, he developed the award winning NASA Research Park, including unprecedented R&D collaborations with Google, Intel, and SGI. He recently chaired the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology for California. Hubbard has served on National Academy of Science panels and sits on the California Council on Science and Technology, the state level equivalent of the National Research Council.

In 2003 he served full time as the sole NASA representative on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), where he directed impact testing that demonstrated the definitive physical cause of the loss of the Columbia. In 2000 Hubbard served as NASA's first Mars program director and successfully restructured the entire Mars program in the wake of mission failures. He became known as NASA's Mars Czar. He is the founder of NASA's Astrobiology Institute, establishing it in 1998. He conceived the Mars Pathfinder mission with its airbag landing and was the manager for NASA's highly successful Lunar Prospector Mission.

Earlier in his career, Hubbard led a small start-up high technology company in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For his service to NASA, he has been awarded seven NASA medals, including NASA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal for the Columbia Accident Investigation and was named a Presidential Meritorious Rank Senior Executive.

Hubbard has been awarded �Laurels' by Aviation Week three times, was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and is a recipient of the Engineering Science Award from the IAA. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), recipient of the Von K�rm�n medal in Astronautics from the AIAA, and was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He most recently was awarded the 2006 Carl Sagan Memorial Award by the American Astronautical Society and The Planetary Society and the Challenger Learning Center Distinguished Achievement Award. He has authored more than 50 scientific papers on research and technology.

Hubbard received his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University (1970), and his graduate education in solid state and semiconductor physics at the University of California at Berkeley. He continues his 40-year interest in music by regularly playing guitar in a jazz group.

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More From Planetfest With Andrew Chaikin and Scott Hubbard

08/20/2012 | 1:00:02

Our Planetary Radio Live celebration of Mars rover Curiosity at Planetfest continues with more from space historian Andrew Chaikin, former NASA Mars czar Scott Hubbard and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy. Emily breaks the news about NASA’s choice for a Discovery mission, and Bruce Betts joins Mat Kaplan for a What’s Up look at the night sky and a new space trivia contest.

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