Justin Kugler is the Vice President for Advanced Programs and Concepts for Made In Space, Inc. (MIS).
Kugler is responsible for leading new business development initiatives for MIS across several sectors, including space-enabled products, exploration manufacturing, and on-orbit robotic manufacturing. Since starting at MIS in 2016, Kugler has expanded the MIS business portfolio and developed successful strategies guiding the company’s new space manufacturing capabilities.
Kugler has been an instrumental figure in the aerospace industry in shaping policy and public-private interest around commercial utilization on the ISS and space industrialization as an engine of economic growth.
Prior to his current role, Kugler developed and managed the industrial R&D project portfolio for the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. He also previously managed ISS National Lab pathfinder projects for NASA’s ISS Payloads Office, developed crew training models for the Constellation Program, and served as an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Kugler has more than 15 years of experience in developing robust R&D programs and leading business development in government and commercial markets. In 2015, he was recognized by the Association of Professional Futurists for his forecast of the future of industrial activity in space.
Kugler earned his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University and his Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Rice University. He also earned a Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston.