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Senior Engineer at NASA
Dr. Jeevan Perera is a Senior Engineer at NASA, Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is currently working on a NASA demonstration lander project called Morpheus that will pave the way for future exploration missions. He has been the risk manager for several key manned space programs including the International Space Station, Orion Spacecraft and others. Orion was NASA's proposed new spacecraft to replace the Space Shuttle, service the International Space Station, then return astronauts to the moon and eventually mount expeditions to Mars. Now Orion is being realigned as a mulipurpose crew vehicle to fit within NASA’s new exploration initiatives. In his previous position within Orion, he shared associated responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Orion Project's business and project planning roles including overall management and assessment of project budgets, procurement, contracts and assessment functions (including risk management), configuration management, information technology, schedules, and the development of management plans and processes. Formerly as the International Space Station, Johnson Space Center, and then Orion Project Risk Manager, he designed, developed, implemented and improved the agency's risk management processes through a phased, systematic approach setting the standard for NASA’s risk practice. Prior to his work in risk management, he has worked in different technical fields in support of many NASA programs and projects. These duties have included management responsibility for versions of the primary and back-up flight software for the Space Shuttle and development responsibility for other software used aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions. Dr Perera has been with NASA for over 22 years and has both a Jurisprudence Doctorate (law) and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.