Brent Sherwood

Blue Origin

Chair-emeritus (2018-2020) of AIAA Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC)


Born the same year as NASA, Brent Sherwood has 32 years of professional experience in the civil and commercial space industry. Since childhood he has aimed to build cities on the Moon. He received a B.A. in liberal arts from Yale, a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, and an M.S. in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland as a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Fellow. At the Boeing Company for 17 years, he led teams in concept engineering for human planetary exploration, space station manufacturing engineering, Sea Launch program development, and commercial and space science business development. Then at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 14 years, he consolidated JPL’s mission formulation and proposal methods into the JPL Innovation Foundry, and was Program Manager for solar system science mission formulation. He is currently Vice President, Advanced Development Programs for Blue Origin. He has served on NASA’s Human Exploration Framework Team and the board of the American Astronautical Society. He is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he has been Chair of the Space Architecture Technical Committee for the 5/2018 – 4/2020 term. He has published and presented over 50 papers on the exploration, development, and settlement of space; and co–edited the AIAA book Out of This World: The New Field of Space Architecture.


Blue Origin