Deputy Director for Strategic Planning & Integration, NASA STMD

Dr. John “Jay” Falker works at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he currently serves as the Deputy Director for Strategic Planning & Integration in the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).

Since joining NASA in 2003, Jay has supported both Headquarters and the Johnson Space Center in various cool roles related to exploration technology, systems, and architecture development. He has received over a dozen awards, including recognition for distinguished achievement and outstanding leadership.

From 2010-2015 Jay served as a Program Executive, leading innovative programs to develop hundreds of exciting new concepts and technologies. In 2015 he moved up to manage the STMD Early Stage Portfolio, with over 400 active projects across multiple programs. In late 2017 he transitioned to focus on technology strategy, and he led the development of a new STMD Strategic Framework.

Jay’s experience before NASA includes other agencies, contractors, universities, and federal research centers. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering & Policy Analysis from MIT, an SM in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a BS in Engineering Science (Honors) from Penn State, with minors in Economics and in Science, Technology, and Society. His graduate research focused on future air and space traffic management.