Ken Davidian

Ken Davidian currently works as the Director of Research in the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in Washington, D.C.. Mr. Davidian is also the Chair of the IAF Entrepreneurial and Investment Committee and a member of the AAS as VP of Strategic Communications. Starting in 1983, Mr. Davidian spent the first years of his career at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, working for the Space Propulsion Technology Division in the area of analytical and experimental research on the performance of liquid rocket engines. Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Davidian was assigned by NASA to work as the Assistant Director of Operations for the Summer Session Program (SSP) at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. Upon his return to the center (which had been since renamed to the NASA Glenn Research Center), Mr. Davidian worked in the Plans and Programs Office. In 2001, Mr. Davidian left government service and entered the private sector in many positions. He has worked for Paragon Space Development Corp. as a consultant in the role of Director of Operations for Cargo Lifter Development GmbH near Berlin, Germany, as Director of Operations for the X PRIZE Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, and then again for Paragon, as corporate Program Manager in Tucson, Arizona. In 2004, a move to Washington, D.C. provided Mr. Davidian the opportunity to work on Centennial Challenges, NASA's prize program. He started as a contractor and then reentered civil service when he was hired by NASA Headquarters in 2007, becoming both the Program Manager for Centennial Challenges and the ESMD Commercial Development Policy leader. Mr. Davidian received his BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1983, and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. He attended the ISU SSP in 1989.
Ken Davidian
Director of Research , FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST)