NASA has appointed ANS member Bhavya Lal as the space agency's acting chief of staff. She served as a member of the Biden Presidential Transition Agency Review Team for the agency, NASA said.
ANS contribution: Lal cofounded and is cochair of the policy track of the ANS annual conference on Nuclear and Emerging Technologies in Space (NETS). She has contributed as an author and guest editor for the upcoming NETS 2020 special issue of ANS technical journal Nuclear Technology.
In addition, she helps organize a seminar series on space history and policy with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Background: Lal brings extensive experience in engineering and space technology to NASA, serving as a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) from 2005 to 2020. Before joining STPI, she served as president of C-STPS LLC, a science and technology policy research and consulting firm in Waltham, Mass. Prior to that, she was director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.