Jason Hopkins earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering while minoring in Mathematics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2003 and later earned his Master’s in Systems Engineering from George Washington University in 2006. He currently works as a Principal Systems Engineer for Ball Aerospace’s National Defense group. Before that, he worked as a Program Manager at Masten Space Systems on a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) reusable space vehicle program. Prior to that, he was a NASA Flight Test Integration Manager for the Orion Program at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). There he supported the preparations for the first Orion test launch, Exploration Flight Test-1 in December of 2014. He previously served as a NASA Fellow for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida providing the Senator with technical advice in support of developing science and space legislation. Before being selected for that assignment he was the NASA Operations Manager for the Vehicle Assembly Building and Crawler Transporters, where he was responsible for developing the integration and test plans for the Space Launch System Rocket and Orion Spacecraft. Jason is a proud member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame and volunteers around the country to promote STEAM education and advocate for space exploration.