James Downey

Dr. James Downey is the Technical Manager for the Microgravity Materials Research Program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He has worked at NASA for over 20 years and served in a variety of positions such as the Mission Scientist for the Life and Microgravity Spacelab on STS-78, the Lead Discipline Scientist for the Microgravity Biotechnology Program, the Lead Engineer for the Ares I-X Roll Control System, the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative for two Alternate Access to Station contracts, and a reviewer of propulsion documents for the SpaceX Acceptance Review. He has authored or co-authored several peer reviewed papers on topics in diffusion and mass transport. Also, he currently has a patent application submitted regarding a propellant slosh damping method.
James Downey
Technical Manager, Microgravity Materials Research Program, NASA MSFC