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Scott D. Williams
Director, Space and Marine Technology Laboratory
Scott D. Williams, Ph.D.,has specialized expertise in program and technical management; systems engineering; space systems design and development; mission operations planning; instrument operations; space particle sources; tethered satellite systems; and gravitational reference sensors.
Williams joined SRI in 2005 to manage technology development of space systems, including picosatellite missions, applications of MEMS devices, and CubeSat integration and launch. In 2011, he was named director of the Space Technology Integration Program, which focused on enabling innovation in space systems development. In 2013, the program merged with SRI’s Marine and Space Sensing group in St. Petersburg, Florida and was renamed the Space and Marine Technology Laboratory.
Before joining SRI, Williams held research roles at several leading space technology organizations. He was a senior research engineer at Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University; a project manager for NASA Gravitational Reference Sensor technology development; a manager and co-investigator for NASA Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Instrument Operations Center and GLAST instrument technology development; research engineer for the Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) operations on the joint NASA/ESA Solar Oscillations and Heliospheric Observer (SOHO); a research engineer at Stanford’s Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience Laboratory; a project engineer and co-investigator for NASA Shuttle Electrodynamic Tether System on the two tethered satellite system (TSS-1 and TSS-1R) Space Shuttle missions; and a research engineer at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, working on attitude control systems.
Williams has received several awards for his work, including the NASA/GSFC Group Achievement Award for the 2001 GLAST balloon flight. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is the author or co-author of more than 20 journal publications.
He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics is from Stanford University.