Dr. Jim Reilly is an executive advisor in Booz Allen’s aerospace business. As a space systems expert and former astronaut, Jim develops innovative solutions for space-related services and applications for a variety of clients including the Department of Defense, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the intelligence community.
Jim has more than 25 years of multidisciplinary technical, engineering, and management experience in resource assessments; applications-focused earth systems characterization; space systems development, applications, and operations; and education.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jim Reilly was the director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) where he managed an annual $1.8 billion operating budget for the nation's largest water, earth, biological science, and civilian mapping agency.
Before USGS, Jim served U.S. and allied militaries as a subject matter expert on space operations, and as a technical advisor supporting the National Security Space Institute of the U.S. Air Force.
As an astronaut at NASA, he had a distinguished 13-year career where he flew on three space shuttle missions and conducted five spacewalks totaling more than 856 hours in space.
Jim has held management positions in academia, in addition to working for TAEUS Corporation and PhotoStencil Corporation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also served with the U.S. Navy as a reserve engineering duty officer.
Jim earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.