Leslie Livesay, JPL’s Director for Astronomy and Physics, has over 30 years of experience in autonomous space exploration. Previously, she was the director for the Engineering and Science Directorate. Before her position as Director for, she was the Project Manager for the Kepler Project, a mission to conduct a census of extrasolar terrestrial planets, the Deputy Director of the Astronomy and Physics Directorate, and project spacecraft manager for New Millennium Deep Space 1. Leslie is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), has received Aviation Week’s Laurels Award, NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal (twice), and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, twice.
Leslie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obsipo, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC).