Brad Bailey

NASA Lunar Science Institute Staff Scientist and Deputy Director for the NASA Ames Academy for Space Exploration
NASA Ames Research Center

Brad received his B.S. in physics with minors in optics, chemistry and Japanese from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. From there, he received his M.S. in astrophysics from New Mexico Tech where he used the Very Large Array (VLA) to qualitatively analyze spectra from pulsars. After working for 2 years at NASA Ames as a hardware engineer for the International Space Station, Brad went back to graduate school at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego where he got his PhD in marine microbiology and geochemistry. In addition to being the Director of the NASA Academy, he also acts as the senior scientist for the NASA Lunar Science Institute.

In 1998, Brad was accepted into the NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy where he worked with PIs Lou Allamandola and Doug Hudgins on the spectroscopic determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the interstellar medium. He enjoyed the Academy experience so much that he came back in 1999 to work as a staff member for the Academy.

With his varied scientific background, Brad will be a good contact and resource for students looking to break into new fields of interdisciplinary science or for graduate school advice. The academy was a life changing summer experience for Brad as he would guarantee that he would be working at an optical plant as an engineer in Albuquerque, NM without the experience and contacts that the Academy gave to him. Brad is excited to give back to the Academy in this capacity and is looking forward to meeting all of the Research Associates when they arrive in June!