Dr. LK Kubendran | Portfolio Executive for the Commercial Partnerships Portfolio, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate

Dr. LK Kubendran is the Portfolio Executive for the Commercial Partnerships Portfolio within the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA HQ. He provides focused strategic leadership for commercial engagement to three programs (Flight Opportunities, Centennial Challenges, and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)) and one activity (Regional Economic Development).

Dr. Kubendran joined NASA in 2006 and held several leadership roles at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC): SBIR/STTR Technology Infusion Manager, Deputy Director for Safety & Mission Assurance, Acting Director for Research and Engineering, and Acting Deputy Associate Center Director for Operations. He started his career as a research scientist at Analytical Services & Materials, Inc. (AS&M) in 1986, rose to the rank of Senior Vice President in 1995, and served as the program manager for the AFRC engineering and technical services contract until 2006. Under his leadership, AS&M received the NASA G.M. Low Award for Quality and Excellence Trophy (2002) and the Small Business Administration Prime Contractor of the Year (2006). LK received his Bachelor of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT-Madras, MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an Executive MBA from UCLA. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA.

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