John Reed | Chief Technologist, Advanced Programs, United Launch Alliance (ULA)


John Reed is United Launch Alliance’s Chief Technologist for Advanced Programs and Senior Technical Fellow for Guidance Navigation and Control. Reed is responsible for the Technical Fellows Program at ULA and manages a portfolio of IRAD investments. He currently focuses on a wide variety of initiatives; from Principal Investigator for launch vehicle reuse to enhanced navigation, whether in earth orbit or Cis-Lunar operations, to creating a culture of innovation. He has worked a variety of roles on launch vehicles in Denver since 1986. He started his career working Space Shuttle Mission Operations in Houston, TX.

Reed is a member of the AAS and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. He is the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee Chair and serves as Technical Committee Liaison for the Rocky Mountain Section. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology) and his master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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