Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

12-13 June 2018

John Saiz

Position: Principal Industrial Fellow, University of Cambridge IfM

Formerly the Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, John now works closely with senior cross-functional teams at manufacturing and technology-intensive companies to enhance their capabilities across the three core elements of innovation and technology management: strategy, system and people/organisation.

Since 2014, he has led collaborations with a number of multinational commercial organizations including AstraZeneca, FMC Technologies, GE Oil & Gas, Halliburton, Oxiteno, and Subsea 7.

While at NASA, John directed a number of technology and flight development projects that included efforts spanning the full spectrum of technology readiness levels from initial proof-of-concept laboratory demonstration through long-term spaceflight operations on the Space Shuttle, Russian Mir and International Space Station. He managed a portfolio of nearly 200 internal research and technology development activities during his CTO tenure at the Johnson Space Center.

John holds degrees in petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering and his industry experiences include a brief stint as a ‘mud logger’ with Integrated Drilling and Logging, Inc. in the Texas and Louisiana oilfields, along with engineering and technology management roles at Honeywell Defense Systems, ILC Space Systems and Halliburton