John Appleby is the Vice President of Science Applications at Aurora Flight Sciences. Prior to joining Aurora Flight Sciences, Appleby led the Civilian Space Business Area at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel , Md. where he grew the laboratory's civilian space business by more than 460% percent in less than six years. He also led APL's successful pursuit of contracts for two major future NASA missions, Geospace Network and Solar Probe. Before joining APL in the mid-1990s, Appleby held management, planning and research positions at NASA's Solar System Exploration Division and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). At JPL, his research interests were primarily in atmospheric science and resulted in numerous publications and other contributions.
Appleby holds a doctorate in earth and space sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master's degree in astrophysics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor's degree in physics from Oberlin College. He is an active member of the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the International Astronomical Union, the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Astronautics, Sigma Xi and The Planetary Society.