Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
Areas of Interest:
aeronautics, astronomy, physics
G. Scott Hubbard has been recognized as an innovator and leader in science, technology and management
for more than 35 years - including 20 years with NASA. He currently is a Professor (consulting) in the
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University where he focuses on planetary
exploration, especially Mars and also serves as the Director of the Stanford Center of Excellence
for Commercial Space Transportation.
From 2002 to 2006 Hubbard was the director of NASA's Ames Research Center with an operating budget
of $700 million and responsibility for 2,600 people. In 2003 he served full time as the sole NASA
representative on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), where he directed impact testing
that demonstrated the definitive physical cause of the loss of the Columbia. In 2000 Hubbard served
as NASA's first Mars program director (the "Mars Czar") and successfully restructured the entire Mars
program in the wake of mission failures.Hubbard's book about this effort, "Exploring Mars: Chronicles
from a Decade of Discovery" has just been published by the University of Arizona Press.
He is the founder of NASA's Astrobiology Institute, establishing it in 1998. He conceived the Mars
Pathfinder mission with its airbag landing and was the manager for NASA's highly successful Lunar
Prospector Mission. Earlier in his career, Hubbard led a small start-up high technology company in
the San Francisco Bay Area and was a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Hubbard has received many honors including NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal.
He was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), is a Fellow of the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and also was awarded the Von Karman medal by the AIAA.
He has authored more than 50 scientific papers on research and technology. Hubbard received his
undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University and his graduate education in
solid state and semiconductor physics at the University of California at Berkeley. He continues his
40-year interest in music by regularly playing guitar in a jazz group.
He served as a member of the CCST Council from 2003-2008.
Senior Fellows Roster
Atkinson, Richard C.
Bell, C. Gordon
Bennett, Alan B.
Bishop, J. Michael
Cárdenas. Alfonso F.
Clegg, Michael T.
Cominsky, Lynn R.
Coye, Molly Joel
Drake, Michael V.
Elster, Richard S.
Fowler, T. Kenneth
Gurol, Mirat D.
Huang, Alice S.
Hubbard, G. Scott
King, C. Judson
Lee, William C.Y.
Long, Jane C. S.
Macari, Emir Jose
Martin, David W.
McLean, William J.
Miller, William F.
Moses, Edward I.
Niebla, J. Fernando
Nikias, C.L. Max
Nova, Tina S.
Patel, C. Kumar
Qayoumi, Mohammad H.
Richmond, Rollin C.
Tanner, R. Michael
Tarter, C. Bruce
Zornetzer, Steven F.