Dr. Moriba Jah

Moriba Jah to Serve on National Academies of Sciences Space Security Committee

Moriba Jah, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and core faculty at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, has been invited to serve as a member of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). A private, nonprofit organization, NASEM works to mobilize expertise and knowledge across disciplines to “study complex and sometimes contentious issues, reach consensus based on the evidence, and identify the best path forward.”

Jah will serve on the Space Security Working Group, which consists of space security experts across the U.S. The group’s goal is to engage in a dialogue with other space experts from around the world to address space cyber security issues and to work toward the preservation of space as a resource for humanity. Discussions include topics such as space policy reform, security implications, and vulnerabilities with other domains such as nuclear, cyber, conventional military, artificial intelligence in military systems, and critical infrastructure. The CISAC strives to make progress on difficult security issues that nations are unable to address within their governments, and informs policymakers while providing new options to lay the foundation for cooperation.

Jah joined the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin in 2017. He is recognized worldwide for his expertise in the areas of space situational awareness and space traffic control and is passionate about keeping space safe and secure for Earth and its inhabitants. Jah is a TED fellow and a fellow of the AIAA. He holds the Mrs. Pearlie Dashiell Henderson Centennial Fellowship in Engineering.

By Kendra Harris


Posted: May 4, 2021