James (Jim) Free serves as Vice President of Aerospace Systems with a focus on expanding Peerless’ robust aerospace portfolio, including civilian, commercial and military space, aeronautics and hypersonics programs.
Previously, Mr. Free served as the deputy associate administrator for technical in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and was responsible for assisting the associate administrator in providing strategic direction for all aspects of NASA’s human spaceflight exploration mission. Mr. Free is also the former Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration John H. Glenn Research Center. In that role, he was responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities required to accomplish center missions pertaining to research, technology, and systems development programs in space propulsion, space power, space communications, aeronautical propulsion, microgravity sciences, and materials. Mr. Free has served in all aspects of aerospace programs from discipline engineer, systems engineer and project manager on domestic
and international programs.
Mr. Free is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Significant Achievement Medal, and numerous other awards. He earned his B.S. in Aeronautics from Miami University and his M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from Delft University, Netherlands.