Bhavya LAL

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute • Research Staff Member

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 particular focus on commercial activities, especially related to on-orbit servicing assembly and manufacturing, small satellites, human exploration, space nuclear power, and space science. She is an active member of the space technology and policy community, having led, co-led or served on several high-impact National Academy of Science (NAS) committees (Assessing the Relative Merits of Infrared Observations by a Space-based Telescope to Detect and Characterize Near-Earth Objects; State of U.S. Electronic Parts Radiation Testing Infrastructure for Space Applications; Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats; and 3D Printing in Space). She is serving a second term on the NOAA FACA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), and participated on the UN Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) to develop an international scientific roadmap for small satellites. She co-organizes a seminar series on space history and policy with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She co-founded and is co-chair of the policy track of the American Nuclear Society’s annual conference on emerging technologies in space. She is 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. 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.


International Astronautical Congress 2019

21-25 October 2019

Washington, United States of America