William Hart

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Member of AIAA Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC)



William Hart is a member of the Project Systems Engineering and Formulation section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He currently is a member of the Systems Engineering team for “Psyche: Journey to a Metal World”, a mission that will use electric propulsion to explore the largest metal asteroid in the solar system. He is also the core member of A-Team, a group of JPL’s Innovation Foundry that uses new collaborative engineering approach for early concept formulation.From 2013 to 2016, he served as Principal Bus Engineer for Space Systems Loral (SSL), leading bus design efforts for a variety of commercial and government new business proposals. From 2007 to 2012, he held the position of lead systems engineer for electric propulsion at SSL, and was responsible for the design, development, integration and testing of electric propulsion systems on fifteen geostationary communications satellites. He received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in Mechanical Engineering, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory