Dr. Moriba Jah, associate professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin and program lead of the Strauss Center's Space Security and Safety Program, will join the LBJ School for a conversation on developing norms of behavior for near earth space. This talk is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center and is tailored for students interested in learning more about space law and policy and the various opportunities at and beyond UT for this field of study.

Jah will define some key metrics including transparency, predictability and accountability, and explain how these metrics can help to build a more equitable and safe space environment. Using relevant historical and current examples, he will delineate how these metrics can help address some of the most pressing issues in space today. He will also discuss how the space community can work to even out the knowledge disparities which exist among space actors in order to standardize practices among space actors, boosting space security and safety. The role of traditional ecological knowledge in space operations will also be discussed, as Jah will highlight the valuable lessons learned from this irreplaceable base of knowledge.


The talk will conclude with a brief overview of the opportunities available at and beyond UT for students who would like to get involved in space law and policy.


Dr. Moriba Jah
Moriba Jah is an associate professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin where he is the holder of the Mrs. Pearlie Dashiell Henderson Centennial Fellowship in Engineering, leading a transdisciplinary research program focused on space safety, security and sustainability. He's the director for Computational Astronautical Sciences and Technologies (CAST), a group within the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences as well as the Lead for the Space Security and Safety Program at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Moriba came to UT Austin by way of the Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to that, where he was a spacecraft navigator on a handful of Mars missions.