Kevin R. Grazier, PhD, has been a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for the past fifteen years, most of which was spent on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan. At JPL he has written mission planning and analysis software that won both JPL- and NASA-wide awards. In addition to working in spacecraft operations, his research areas include numerical method development and long-term large-scale computer simulations of Solar System dynamics, evolution, and chaos.
Dr. Grazier is currently the Science Advisor for the SyFy Channel series Eureka, the pilot Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, and the NBC series The Event and The Zula Patrol. He performed the same role for four seasons on the Peabody Award winning Battlestar Galactica, and co-authored the book The Science of Battlestar Galactica. He was the editor and a contributing author for the anthologies The Science of Dune and The Science of Michael Crichton.
Dr. Grazier is also very active in bringing the wonders of science and space to the public. He teaches classes in basic astronomy, planetary science, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the science of science fiction at UCLA, Santa Monica College, and College of the Canyons. He has appeared on several episodes of History Channel’s The Universe. Through various outreach programs, he speaks to thousands of K-12 students every year, and yearly serves on multiple NASA educational product review panels.
Dr. Grazier earned BS degrees in computer science and geology, and an MS degree in physics, at Purdue University; a BS in physics at Oakland University; and his doctoral research was at UCLA in geophysics and space physics. Feeling undereducated, he’s finishing a certificate in Television Screenwriting from UCLA.
He lives in Sylmar, CA with a mischief of rats, a flock of psitticines, and Kermit the Dog.