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Jaya Bajpayee has been leading the Science Directorate since January 2017. Having worked at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Glen Research Center (GRC), and NASA Headquarters (HQ), Jaya brings broad management experience in science, technology and engineering as well as a strong record of project leadership in science, NASA instruments and mission development. Her collaborative, proactive style makes her a good fit with the rest of the Ames leadership team.
Starting her career as a Range Safety Officer at NASA GSFC’s Wallops Flight Facility, Bajpayee transitioned to project management at Goddard’s Greenbelt facility. After delivering the Geosynchronous Operational Environment Satellite (GOES)-N Solar X-Ray Imager within cost and schedule, she moved on to positions of greater responsibility as the GOES-N Assistant Integration and Test Manager, GOES-R Observatory Manager and Glory Deputy Project Formulation Manager. In 2008, Bajpayee became a Program Executive at NASA HQ Astrophysics Division, where she managed 14 operating missions and established NASA’s Physics of the Cosmos Program. In 2015, she served as Acting Deputy Director of Space Flight Systems Directorate at GRC, providing day-to-day management of nearly 70 projects in formulation and development for Science, Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology Mission Directorates. In 2016, she served as a Special Assistant to NASA’s Mission Support Directorate at HQ, where she established a process to update the Agency’s Baseline Service Levels.
Bajpayee received her B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, her M.S. in space systems engineering from Delft Technical University in the Netherlands, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. She takes every opportunity to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. Since her childhood in India, she has witnessed first hand how education improves the standard of living, achieves gender parity and reduces racial, cultural and religious barriers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography and spending time with her nieces and nephews.