Blue OriginVice President Advanced Development Programs

Brent Sherwood is a space architect with 32 years of professional experience in the space industry.

He is Vice President, Advanced Development Programs, for Blue Origin. ADP develops in-space vehicles and systems including the lunar Human Landing System, and advanced concepts and technologies. Prior to Blue Origin, Brent was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 14 years. As Program Manager for planetary mission formulation, he led strategy and formulation for JPL planetary science missions. Prior to JPL, Brent was at Boeing for 17 years, leading concept engineering for human planetary exploration, manufacturing engineering for ISS module integration, and program development for commercial and space science projects including Sea Launch, commercial modules for the ISS, and Mars Sample Return.

He holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Yale, Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, and M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. Brent has published and presented over 50 papers on the exploration, development, and settlement of space; and edited the AIAA book Out of This World: The New Field of Space Architecture. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, where he chaired the Space Architecture Technical Committee until mid-2020. In 2020 he was awarded the Columbia Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers.