Monday, 16 September
8:30 – 10:00 AM
Dr. James Reilly
As director of the USGS, Dr. Reilly is responsible for leading the nation’s largest water, earth, biological science, and civilian mapping agency. Prior to joining the USGS, he served U.S. and allied militaries as a subject matter expert on space operations, and as a technical advisor supporting the National Security Space Institute of the U.S. Air Force. He served with the U.S. Navy as a reserve engineering duty officer. He’s held management positions in academia as well as at TAEUS Corporation and PhotoStencil Corporation. As an astronaut at NASA, he had a distinguished 13-year career where he flew three spaceflight missions and conducted five spacewalks totaling more than 856 hours in space.
Prior to NASA, he served as chief geologist at Enserch Exploration, Inc., working on projects around the world. He has been active in geological research in Antarctica and on the continental slope of the Gulf of Mexico. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.
“As a new resident of the Dallas area, I’m excited to have a keynote speaker who received all of his education locally in Dallas and has achieved great things in his career. We’re excited to have him as our kick-off speaker,” said Glenn Winters, SEG19 General Chair.