2023 Bromley Memorial Lecture: Dr. Bhavya Lal

About the 2023 Bromley Memorial Lecture:

The Institute for Science, Society, and Policy (ISSP) and the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP) at GW's Elliott School was pleased to host the 2023 Bromley Memorial Keynote Lecture, featuring Dr. Bhavya Lal, Associate Administrator, NASA OTPS.

Dr. Lal lended her extensive experience and expertise to the subject of international and other policy challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed as we endeavor to go to the Moon and then Mars. Her remarks were followed by brief remarks from two student responders and the event will finish with an audience Q&A.

The 2023 Bromley Memorial Lecture was held on March 21st, 2023 at George Washington University. The ISSP traveled with a group of almost 10 participants to attend the conference in person.

Event Agenda:

  • 5:00-5:10 – Introductory Remarks by Dean Alyssa Ayres
  • 5:10-5:40 – Keynote Lecture by Dr. Bhavya Lal
  • 5:40-5:55 – Student Responses from Matthew Watson, uOttawa, and Andrew Basham, GWu
  • 5:55-6:25 – Group Discussion Moderated by Nicholas Vonortas
  • 6:25-6:30 – Closing Remarks by Jeff Kinder
Dr. Bhavya Lal

Dr. Bhavya Lal

Keynote Lecturer

Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy & Strategy, NASA

Dr. Bhavya Lal is the associate administrator for the NASA Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) within the office of the NASA administrator. She provides executive leadership, direction, and evidence-driven advice to NASA leadership on internal and external policy issues, strategic planning, and technology investments. Lal also previously served as the acting chief technologist of NASA and was the first woman to hold the position in over 60 years of NASA history. Before her current role and in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, she was the acting chief of staff at NASA, directing the agency’s transition under the administration of President Biden.

Lal has over 20 years of experience as an active part of the space technology and policy community, having worked for government sponsors, federal departments, and agencies, and chaired, co-chaired, or served on multiple committees. She has more than 50 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Lal received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a second master’s from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program. She earned her doctorate in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University.

This event is taking place in person at GWu. A virtual broadcast is available for uOttawa participants. 

Date and time
Mar 21, 2023
All day
Format and location
Organized by
Institute for Science Society and Policy

About the Bromley Memorial

The Bromley Memorial is organized by the University of Ottawa ISSP and the George Washington University IISTP, providing graduate students from uOttawa and GWU with the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with senior science and technology (S&T) policy leaders from various countries, sectors and levels of government in Washington D.C. and in Ottawa.

Learn more about the Bromley Memorial Lecture here.