NASA YP Town Hall

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 11:45 – 12:30

Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom C


In this Young Professionals Programme event in the frame of the Global Networking Forum, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will discuss NASA’s priorities with a focus on Young Professionals. This town hall will include dialog with the audience, therefore, questions and comments are encouraged. While the event is open to everyone, questions will be specifically solicited from Young Professional attendees of the congress.

Organized by:
IAF Workforce Development-Young Professionals Programme Committee (WD-YPP)


Jackelynne Silva Martinez

Aerospace Engineer Mission Planning Operations,

NASA Johnson Space Center,

United States

Full Bio

Jackelynne works at NASA JSC in the Flight Operations Directorate serving as a flight controller for the International Space Station and systems engineer for the Artemis 3 mission. Previously, she worked at JPL on the Curiosity Rover, and at Lockheed Martin on the GPS III satellite. Jackelynne has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers, MS in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle, MS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, and Space Studies Program Certificate from the International Space University.



Jim Bridenstine


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Full Bio

James Frederick “Jim” Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in as NASA’s 13th administrator on April 23, 2018.

Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Bridenstine’s career in federal service began in the U.S. Navy, flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and accrued most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings. He later moved to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN.

After transitioning from active duty to the U.S. Navy Reserve, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.

Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2012 while flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs. Most recently, he transitioned to the 137th Special Operations Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Bridenstine completed a triple major at Rice University, and earned his MBA at Cornell University. He has three children with his wife, Michelle.