As the head of the office of public outreach, Dr. Hussein Jirdeh leads the institute’s communications and public engagement programs, which inform and inspire the public about the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope as well as the James Webb Space Telescope, which will launch in 2019. In this role, Dr. Jirdeh develops and oversees communication strategies, informal education activities, community outreach programs, news releases, media outreach, as well as product and service development and implementation, which provide cutting-edge science to the nation.
Before joining the institute in 2012, Dr. Jirdeh served as the director of university relations at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), where he was responsible for all aspects of the association’s relations with member universities and the academic community. He developed and executed education and research programs to allow USRA to expand as well as to enhance the participation of universities in space-related research and public engagement.
From 1988 to 1997, Dr. Jirdeh was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University in the Mechanical Engineering Department, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses, managed research programs, and served on committees that advanced diversity in engineering and science programs. He is a current member of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory’s Education and Public Outreach Advisory committee. He has served as a board member on the Maryland Space Business Roundtable and as a reviewer for NASA and the National Science Foundation.
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Buffalo, State University of New York