Dave Gallagher is currently director for Astronomy and Physics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Previously, he was manager of JPL's Advanced Optical Systems Program Office. Prior to that assignment, Gallagher was the project manager for the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM). He also managed the Spitzer Space Telescope Project, the Starlight Project, PMIRR Instrument and Drop Physics Module reflight. He also served as the integration and test manager for the WF/PC-2 Instrument, which corrected the spherical aberration for the Hubble Space Telescope. Gallagher received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1982. After working for IBM for several years, he started and ran a software consulting firm until he joined JPL in 1989.