Jack Kaye

In this MANIAC lecture, I will review how I ended up transitioning from being a theoretical physical chemist interested in quantum mechanics into an executive overseeing a large and interdisciplinary portfolio of Earth Science research. I will take stock of my 30+ years at NASA, noting the people, opportunities, and choices that helped me get to where I am today and accomplish what I have. I will share what lessons I have learned, and offer some thoughts about my future, the future of the community(ies) impacted by my efforts, and potentially useful thoughts for audience consideration.