Jeffrey D. Grant ’75, Reaching for the Stars

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Jeff’s career has taken him through many exciting adventures and journeys. Beginning with twenty-one years of service at the United States Central Intelligence Agency, he held positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, the Directorate of Science and Technology, and the National Reconnaissance Office.

After his period of government service, Grant joined the private sector in 1997. He served as as vice president and chief technical officer for Astrolink International, LLC, and subsequently joined TRW/Northrop Grumman as vice president of business development at Northrop Grumman’s former space technology sector. Jeff most recently served as the sector vice president and general manager of space systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of military aircraft, autonomous and space systems, and next-generation solutions. In this role, he led the division that provides space solutions for civil, military, and restricted customers.

Grant received a bachelor of science in ocean engineering from Florida Tech in 1975. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, Engineer of the Year, the Intelligence Certificate of Distinction, and the Certificate of Distinction. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Space Foundation.

Jeff believes his career has followed the trajectory Florida Tech’s motto suggests, Ad Astra Per Scientiam ‘To the stars through science.’ “My career, initially as an ocean engineer and subsequently in the space business, was enabled by the extraordinary education I received at Florida Tech!” he exclaimed.

Grant was featured in Florida Tech’s 60th Anniversary special edition book, “60 for 60: Celebrating Sixty Years of Alumni at Florida Institute of Technology.” Copies are available for purchase here.

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