Kevin Grazier

Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. is a computational physicist/planetary scientist, most recently in the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. His role was to characterize meteoroid streams in order to assess the impact hazard to the International Space Station as well as other robotic and crewed missions. Prior to arriving at MSFC, Grazier was a professor of computer science at the United States Military Academy where he taught an introductory computer class required for all plebes.

His research includes numerical method development, mining information from large simulation data sets, and long-term simulations of Solar System dynamics, evolution, and chaos. Grazier previously worked in spacecraft operations at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, holding dual roles on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan. He was the investigation scientist for the imaging science subsystem instrument, the main visible light camera aboard the spacecraft. Grazier was also a science planning engineer, writing mission planning and analysis software that won both JPL- and NASA-wide awards--while saving Cassini an estimated $250,000. In the entertainment industry, Grazier wrote the pilot episode of the animated edutainment TV series "Space Quest: A Journey Beyond Space", now in production. He has also acted as the science advisor for for several television series (including the Peabody-award-winning "Battlestar Galactica", “Eureka", "Defiance", and "Falling Skies"​), and feature films (“Gravity"​, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"​, and “Escape Room 2”). Dr. Grazier is active in bringing the wonders of science and space to the public. He is currently at work on “Hollyweird Science of the Third Kind"​ for Springer Publishing, the third in the "Hollyweird Science" tetralogy. While at JPL, he was one of the most sought-after public speakers on lab, and has appeared on episodes of History Channel’s "The Universe,"​ Science Channel's "NASA's Unexplained Files",​ and AMC’s “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction”.