Dr. Jim Reilly


Using the lessons learned in his career in the oil industry, NASA, Navy, academia, and small business owner, Dr. Jim Reilly will develop and deliver unique perspectives in:
*Motivating teams to move from Good to Great!;
*Use Continuous Improvement systems used at NASA within any company or organization to improve safety or business processes;
*Utilize focused technical evaluation to solve any problem efficiently,
*Increase efficiency and reduce potential failure conditions by developing clear communications styles to help build or improve any organization;
*Managing highly motivated teams using 3 Question Management techniques developed from a highly effective style used by his first Space Shuttle Commander.

Jim Reilly graduated from Lake Highlands High School, Dallas Texas, in 1972. Bachelor of Science degree in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, 1977. Master of Science degree in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, 1987. Doctorate in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, 1995.

Reilly is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and certified engineering duty officer and recognized space operations expert. He is also a Naval Astronaut and regularly provides space expertise in operations courses for Strike Group staffs and special ops units worldwide. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists serving as co-chair of the Astrogeology Committee. He is also a member of the Naval Reserve Association, Military Officers Association, Tailhook Association, and the Association of Space Explorers. He is a member of the Advisory Board for MediSend International, a humanitarian organization dedicated to supplying medical equipment and training to Third World countries; an advisory member of the board for the American Geological Institute Foundation dedicated to earth science education in primary and secondary schools, and a board member of the United States Marshals Museum under construction in Fort Smith, AR.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1977, Reilly entered graduate school and was selected to participate as a research scientist during the 1977-1978 scientific expedition to Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica. In 1979, he accepted employment as an exploration geologist with Santa Fe Minerals Inc., in Dallas, Texas. From 1980, to the time he was selected for the astronaut program, Reilly was employed as an oil and gas exploration geologist for Enserch Exploration Inc., in Dallas, Texas, rising to the position of Chief Geologist of the Offshore Region. Concurrent with his duties as an exploration geologist, he was actively involved in the development and testing of new imaging technology for industrial applications in deep water engineering projects and biological research. As part of this work, Reilly has spent approximately 22 days in water depths to 3000′ using deep submergence vehicles operated by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and the U.S. Navy.

Selected by NASA in December 1994, Reilly reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995, completing a year of training and evaluation, and was qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Initially assigned to work technical issues for the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch, Reilly also served as the Astronaut Office lead on Shuttle training, as Payloads and Procedures Operations lead for the Astronaut Office ISS Branch, and lead for Crew Exploration Vehicle crew systems and landing operations in the Astronaut Office Exploration Branch. During his time at NASA, he also worked on systems development, materials and vehicle engineering and human factors projects for both the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. Reilly flew on STS-89 in 1998, STS-104 in 2001 and STS-117 in 2007. He has logged over 853 hours in space, including 5 spacewalks totaling 31 hours and 10 minutes. He has over 2000 hours of high-performance flight time in various NASA aircraft. Reilly retired from NASA in May 2008.

Reilly is currently under contract to provide space operations subject matter expertise as an instructor and curriculum developer to US and allied military personnel. The USAF National Security Space Institute provides joint space systems design and applications training via the Space 200 course operated and certified under the USAF Air Education and Training Command graduating approximately 550 students yearly from all branches of the US military, UK, and Australia. As part of these duties, he is responsible for identifying customer requirements, designing solutions, and delivering the product in the inaugural events.

Prior to his work with the US military, Reilly joined the American Public University System, an online university with over 100,000 active students, as Dean of the School of Science and Technology in December, 2009. His responsibilities included management of 7 programs with over 200 faculty in the School including Math, Science, Space Science, Environmental Science, IT, and the development of future programs. In March, 2011, he was promoted to Associate Vice President and Dean of Science and Technology Development for APUS where he formed teams to develop and launch a unique online engineering degree program, identify and develop additional science and technology programs and deliver specialized High Performance Team training to law enforcement groups in over 35 states and regions including Canada.

SPECIAL HONORS AWARDED TO DR. REILLY: Antarctic Service Medal, 1978; seventh Honorary U.S. Marshal, 2001; University of Texas at Dallas first Distinguished Alumnus, 2002; FAI Gold Space Medal, 2008; NASA Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards), NASA Spaceflight Medal (3 awards); Naval Astronaut NFO wings, 2001, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), other Navy awards.