Khawaja Shams

Khawaja Shams

Biography

Khawaja Shams is a member of the Operations Planning Software (OPS) Lab at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He manages the Data Services team in the Planning and Execution Section. Khawaja develops software that contributes to the operations of robotic assets including ground, airborne, and waterborne robots, as well as Mars rovers. He leads several software projects, and he serves as the Cognizant Engineer of server side components for the Activity Planning and Sequencing Subsystem (APSS) for the Mars Science Laboratory. Khawaja works closely with the Office of the CIO at JPL to co-lead the efforts to securely deliver the benefits of cloud computing to missions across NASA. He serves as an advisor on the CIO Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) at JPL. Khawaja obtained his bachelors in computer science from UC San Diego, and his Masters in Computer Science from Cornell. He is currently pursuing a PhD in robotics at USC.

Session Information

How to Drive Big Change in Government
Friday, July 27
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
We all want to make a big impact on hard problems but big change in government is tough. In this session, we will talk to senior leaders about how to drive big change in government with real world examples how they’ve navigate successful outcomes with limited budgets, changing scope, and a myriad of stakeholders.