Laurie Leshin portrait

Laurie Leshin

Jet Propulsion Lab Director and Planetary Scientist

Laurie Leshin is the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and vice president of Caltech. Her previous roles include president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, director of Sciences and Exploration at NASA Goddard, and The Dee and John Whiteman Dean's Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences and the Director of the Center for Meteorites Studies at Arizona State University. She has served on President Bush's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, and she has received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. The International Astronomical Union recognized her contributions to planetary science with the naming of asteroid 4922 Leshin.

Laurie has also served on The Planetary Society's Advisory Council.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearances

The Voyager Mission: A 45th Anniversary Celebration

It’s a party for Voyager and the team of scientists, engineers and others who have followed it across our Solar System. Then we’ll visit with Ann Druyan, creative director for the Voyager Golden Record.

New Jet Propulsion Lab Director Laurie Leshin

Laurie Leshin has just become the tenth director of JPL and the first woman to run the fabled center for space science and robotic exploration.

The Envelope Please: Choosing the 2007 Mars Scout Mission, Part 1

The Envelope Please: Choosing the 2007 Mars Scout Mission, Part 1