Dr. John E. Bradford

Dr. Bradford is President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) in Atlanta, Georgia. SpaceWorks is an aerospace engineering design and systems analysis firm focusing on next-generation space systems, future technologies, human and robotic exploration of space, and emerging space markets and applications.

As a Principal Engineer, his projects at SpaceWorks have ranged from the design of hypersonic vehicles in support of global Point-to-Point travel, assessing heavy-lift booster configuration options for NASA's SLS, upperstage rocket design on the Northrop Grumman and Virgin Galactic team for DARPA's XS-1 program, and analysis of new liquid rocket propulsion concepts for the Air Force.

Dr. Bradford's most notable work in support of human space exploration is in the area of human stasis, or torpor. Under a research grant with NASA, Dr. Bradford and his medical team have been advancing the ability to put space-bound astronauts and crew in a low metabolic, deep-sleep state for extended periods of time. While there are numerous terrestrial applications for this technology, his ultimate goal is enabling sustained human exploration and expansion into the solar system. His extensive work in this area has been covered by every major news outlet.

Prior to joining SpaceWorks, Dr. Bradford worked at both NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL and Aerojet in Sacramento, CA. His specific area of interest is in computational analysis and design of future systems using collaborative, automated engineering frameworks. Dr. Bradford has developed both disciplinary software tools as well as end-to-end concept simulation models spanning performance assessment through life-cycle cost.

Dr. Bradford received his Doctorate and Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, he was the recipient of a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) Fellowship. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Minor in Computer Programming from North Carolina State University. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a NASA Academy (NAAA) alumnus, on the Steering Committee and a judge for NASA's annual RASC-AL student design competition, an alumni member of the AIAA High Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee, a member of the AIAA Reusable Launch Vehicle Program Committee, a NASA NIAC Fellow, and frequently a keynote speaker at various industry conferences.

Dr. Bradford is a native of California and resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and children.