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James Webb Space Telescope - Leading Large Complex Global Projects

James Webb Space Telescope – Leading Large Complex Global Projects

On behalf of the entire team at International Institute for Learning, we are thrilled to congratulate Gregory Robinson on being named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2022.

Greg was a Keynote Speaker at International Project Management Day 2021. His Keynote presentation, James Webb Space Telescope—Leading Large Complex Global Projects, was just a few weeks prior to the Webb Telescope’s launch on December 25, 2021.

Greg is the Program Director for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA, Science Mission Directorate. The Webb Telescope is the most important scientific project of our time, on a mission to observe some of the faintest, oldest objects in the universe, from a vantage point nearly 1 million miles from Earth.

If you’d like to view the full-hour IPM Day 2021 Keynote presentation with Greg Robinson, visit here on our On-Demand Learning Center.

Greg Robinson’s presentation will also be made available as Back by Popular Demand for International Project Management 2022. Registration is now open. Live Day is on November 6, 2022, and the conference is available On-Demand through February 2, 2023. Visit our IPM Day 2022 page to register. 

The James Webb Space Telescope will explore every phase of cosmic history – from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between. Webb will reveal new and unexpected discoveries, and help humankind understand the origins of the universe and our place in it.

This mission, scheduled for a December 18, 2021 launch, is a collaboration of NASA, the European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency. We discuss the motivating science questions that required the development of the observatory, highlight the technologies, and project management challenges and lessons learned encountered during the development of this large complex global project.

Although Webb is arguably an unparalleled engineering and technological feat, we explore the critical role of project management in making the world’s largest space telescope a success. As NASA and the space industry are moving swiftly to new approaches, new systems, and far more commercial exploration (often referred to as “new space”) than previously imagined. We also explore how acquisition and project management are evolving towards that future.

Today, we see the full-color, scientific cosmic images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope unfold before our eyes. We also marvel that the Webb Telescope project was a people feat involving 10,000 scientists, engineers, and others who worked on it, as it is a technological feat. We are grateful and delighted that Greg shared his knowledge, experience, and insights with all of us in the learning community.

You can read Time’s article here: Gregory L. Robinson Is on the 2022 TIME 100 List | TIME.

You can watch his video 29 Days on the Edge, which Greg shared with attendees.

About Gregory Robinson:
Mr. Robinson is currently the Program Director of the James Webb Space Telescope. His focus is development efficiency, management processes, contractor performance, and mission success. Formerly the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs; ensuring high performance during development and operations of 114 Science flight projects.

Mr. Robinson held the position of Deputy Director of NASA’s John Glenn Research Center, consisting of 3,200 employees, where the scope spans research and technology, aeronautics, science spaceflight, and human spaceflight. He served as NASA’s Deputy Chief Engineer for several years where he led engineering and program and project management strategy, policy, implementation rigor, and performance management. He was intricately engaged with the last 21 shuttle launches post Columbia Shuttle accident, as well as numerous satellite developments and launches.

Mr. Robinson also served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems at NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, leading the acquisition and management of all satellite systems. He spent 11 years in various leadership positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Mr. Robinson has over 30 years of engineering, program and project management, and senior executive leadership at NASA. He has served as faculty at the George Washington University, Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering. He received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award in 2013, and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 2007.


PDU Information
Gregory Robinson’s IPM Day 2021 Keynote presentation, James Webb Space Telescope – Leading Large Complex Global Projects, is qualified for one PDU credit. 

Each professional development activity yields one PDU for one hour spent engaged in the activity. Some limitations apply and can be found in the Ways to Earn PDUs section that discusses PDU activities and associated policies.

Fractions of PDUs may also be reported. The smallest increment of a PDU that can be reported is 0.25. This means that if you spent 15 minutes participating in a qualifying PDU activity, you may report 0.25 PDU. If you spend 30 minutes in a qualifying PDU activity, you may report 0.50 PDU.

Find more information about claiming PDUs here.

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