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

Yuri’s Night: For all SpaceKind

Join us as we delve into the heart of LA's 2023 Yuri's Night party, a celebration commemorating Yuri Gagarin's pioneering 1961 voyage into space.

Looking back on Voyager’s 45th Anniversary

Planetary Radio’s creator Mat Kaplan guest hosts for this look back at the Jet Propulsion Lab’s celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Voyager mission.

Space Policy Edition: JPL Director wants "every brain" to have the chance to work in space exploration

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Laurie Leshin wants to give every brain in the country the opportunity to work in space exploration.