From the Chief Scientist and Chief Technologist

JPL's abilities to meet NASA exploration and science objectives depends on the development and application of advanced technologies as well as conducting progressive scientific research to advance our state of knowledge and charter future directions.

In collaboration with program offices and other experts in science and technology fields, the Chief Scientist and Chief Technologist coordinate and identify a number of strategic areas that are critical to JPL's strength as applied to NASA's future success, and work with these groups to facilitate the setting of goals for implementation planning, resource acquisition and partnerships. More information can be found in the JPL Strategic Technologies document.


Chief Scientist - Mark Simons

The Chief Scientist is responsible for providing scientific leadership at JPL, fostering partnerships and research collaboration with universities and other academic organizations worldwide.


Phone: 818.354.0526


Chief Technologist - Thomas Cwik

The Chief Technologist is responsible for the development of strategic technologies at JPL that support the next generation of missions and research activities across the Laboratory.


Phone:  818.354.4386



Deputy Chief Scientist - Susan Owen


Phone: 818.393.2524