Principal Industrial Fellow
Formerly the Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, John now works closely with senior cross-functional teams at manufacturing and technology-intensive companies to enhance their capabilities across the three core elements of innovation and technology management:
- Strategy including the technology strategy and its relationship to the business strategy of an organization;
- System considering innovation and technology management disciplines for identification, selection, acquisition & development, exploitation, and protection;
- People and Organization focusing on the role of the CTO, leadership/management styles, skills and competencies and the culture of an organization to examine whether they are appropriate for the desired performance.
Since 2014, he has led collaborations with a number of multinational commercial organizations including AstraZeneca, EloGroup, FMC Technologies, GE Global Research, GE Oil & Gas, Halliburton, Oxiteno, and Subsea 7. John has also supported industry consortia and academia including BioPhorum, OrthoWorx, Purdue University, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Maine. These projects typically involve a combination of education/training and consultancy services including technology management (strategic roadmapping, portfolio selection, make or buy, technology intelligence, and technology evaluation), innovation management (intellectual property management, breakthrough innovation, open innovation), and technology enterprise (industry-university collaborations, technology venturing and incubation).
While at NASA, John directed a number of technology and flight development projects that included efforts spanning the full spectrum of technology readiness levels from initial proof-of-concept laboratory demonstration through long-term spaceflight operations on the Space Shuttle, Russian Mir and International Space Station. He managed a portfolio of nearly 200 internal research and technology development activities during his CTO tenure at the Johnson Space Center.
John holds degrees in petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering and his industry experiences include a brief stint as a ‘mud logger’ with Integrated Drilling and Logging, Inc. in the Texas and Louisiana oilfields, along with engineering and technology management roles at Honeywell Defense Systems, ILC Space Systems and Halliburton.