Dr. Bhavya Lal

Lead of Strategy, Technology Assessment, and Policy Studies and Analyses
IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute

Dr. Bhavya Lal leads strategy, technology assessment, and policy studies and analyses at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Space Council, and Federal space-oriented organizations including NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community. She has applied her expertise in engineering systems and innovation theory and practice to topics in space, with recent projects on commercial activities in low-Earth orbit and deep space, on-orbit servicing assembly and manufacturing, small satellites, human exploration, space nuclear power, and space science. She has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Her work is routinely covered by technical and mainstream press outlets including Space News, The Economist, Science, Chronicle of Higher Education, and National Geographic, among others.

Dr. Lal is an active member of the space technology and policy community, having chaired, co-chaired or served on four high-impact National Academy of Science (NAS) committees. She is serving a second term on the NOAA Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), and is an External Council Member of the NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. She co-founded and is co-chair of the policy track of the American Nuclear Society’s annual conference on nuclear and emerging technologies in space, and co-organizes a seminar series on space history and policy with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. For her many contributions to the space sector, she was nominated and selected to be a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Before joining STPI, Dr. Lal was president of C-STPS LLC, a science and technology policy research and consulting firm. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates, a global policy research consultancy based in Cambridge MA. Dr. Lal holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a second M.S. from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University. She is a member of both the nuclear engineering and public policy and public administration honor societies.

Related Sessions

Panel: Articulating the Need for Space Nuclear Power in a Growing Space Enterprise

Thursday, April 2, 2020

10:25 am - 11:10 am