Paul Shawcross

Paul Shawcross has been Chief of the Science and Space Branch in the White House's Office of Management and Budget for the last three US Presidential Administrations. In this role, he has been heavily involved in national space policy over the years, but is perhaps best known for authoring the White House response to a petition calling for the construction of a Death Star. (He was also technically Brooke's boss for five years, which was an experience in and of itself!)  

Prior to coming to the White House, Paul worked at NASA, where he was the Principal Technical Analyst and Executive Officer for the Office of Inspector General. Before NASA, Paul worked at the National Research Council, where he staffed studies on orbital debris, engineering design, and advanced space technology.  He has degrees from MIT in Aerospace Engineering, Technology and Policy, and Science, Technology and Society.