an Explore Mars Event

May 16-18, 2023

The National Academy of Sciences Building

Washington D.C.

Bhavya Lal

NASA | Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy, and Strategy; Chief Technology Officer (Acting); Office of the Administrator

Bhavya Lal is the associate administrator for technology, policy, and strategy within the office of the NASA Administrator. In this position, she is responsible for providing NASA leadership with evidence-driven advice on internal and external policy issues, strategic planning, and technology investments. She is also the Acting Chief Technologist of NASA, the first woman to hold the position in NASA’s 60+ year history. Dr. Lal is an active member of the space technology and policy community, having chaired, co-chaired or served on five high-impact National Academy of Science (NAS) ad hoc committees. Dr. Lal holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a second master’s from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University.