Jay Apt

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Jay Apt



Professor of Technology, Tepper School of Business & Engineering and Public Policy

Dr. Jay Apt is Professor of Technology at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, and Director of its Electricity Centre. He works to improve public policy surrounding electrical advancements and the economics of technical innovation.

Dr. Apt has extensive experience researching and teaching in engineering systems design and risk management policy, and assists Carnegie Mellon with important investigations into the electricity industry that influence policy makers and the energy industry decision makers. From 1976 to 1980, Dr. Apt was a staff member of the Centre for Earth and Planetary Physics at Harvard University, which led him to a long and eventful career with NASA; first as a researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Director of JPL’s Table Mountain Observatory, and later as an astronaut. Between 1985 and 1997, he took part in four space shuttle missions—involving two space walks—and has flown around Earth 562 times. In 1997, Dr. Apt received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. More recent awards include the 2002 Metcalf Lifetime Achievement Award for significant contributions to engineering and a Fellowship from The Explorers Club in 2008.

Dr. Apt is an avid pilot, and has logged thousands of hours flying in approximately 25 different types of airplanes, seaplanes, sailplanes, and human-powered aircrafts.