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Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D.

2014 Guest of Honor Scientist/Writer/Producer Kevin R. Grazier

2014 Guest of Honor Scientist/Writer/Producer Dr. Kevin R. Grazier

Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. is the Science Advisor for the SyFy Channel series “Defiance,” and the film “Gravity.” He performed the same role on the Peabody Award winning “Battlestar Galactica”, as well “Eureka”, “Falling Skies”, “The Zula Patrol”, and many other series. He produced the award-winning short “D.N.E.: Do Not Erase,” and is currently a writer/producer for the web series “Stasys.”

Grazier co-authored the book “The Science of Battlestar Galactica”, and is an editor and contributing author for the American Chemical Society anthology “Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment” (2013). He is currently writing “Hollyweird Science” (Springer) with science writer Stephen Cass, and the novel “The Once and Future War” with long-time co-author Ges Seger.

For 15 years Grazier was a research scientist and science planning engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Cassini/Huygens Mission. He was the Investigation Scientist for the Imaging Science Subsystem, and wrote mission planning and analysis software that won both JPL- and NASA-wide awards. Still an active researcher, his research includes numerical method development, and long-term large-scale simulations of Solar System dynamics, evolution, and chaos.

Dr. Grazier is also active in bringing the wonders of science and space to the public. For 15 years he was one of the most sought-after speakers at JPL, and has appeared on several episodes of History Channel’s “The Universe,” Science Channel’s “Alien Encounters,” and Nat Geo’s “Naked Science.” He teaches classes in basic astronomy, planetary science, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the science of science fiction at UCLA, AJU, and SMC. Grazier also regularly serves on NASA educational product review panels.