Dr. Jitendra Joshi received his Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Environmental Sciences, and his MS from The University of Bombay in Microbiology and a BS from Wilson College, Bombay in Microbiology and Chemistry. His Ph.D. work was in the area of Waste processing and resource recovery in the context of Advanced Life Support for long-duration space missions.
Dr. Joshi has supported the Bioastronautics Division’s Advanced Human Support Technology (AHST) Program in coordinating the Peer Review, as a Senior Scientist for the Advanced Life Support (ALS) discipline and Deputy Program Manager for the AHST Program.
He later served as the Chief Technology Advisor for the Advanced Capabilities Division (ACD) in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, he facilitated coordination between the Exploration Technology Development, Human Research and the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Programs. At NASA Headquarters, he also helped implement various Life and Physical sciences experiments on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and free-flying satellites. Currently, Dr. Joshi serves as the Integration lead for Advanced Exploration Systems and is instrumental in the formulation and execution of technology development activities for life support and habitation, synthetic biology, free-flying satellites, in-space manufacturing and spacecraft fire safety.
Jitendra has received several NASA honors which include the Special Services Award, Spaceflight Awareness Award, Public Service Award and the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award.
Jitendra is also an active volunteer in children’s sports and served as the President of Vienna American Little League for seven years.