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Dr. Daniel Evans

Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Research

Daniel Evans is the Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Research within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. In this role, Dr. Evans provides leadership and coordination of NASA’s science program; ensuring the quality and integrity of all research in the space sciences, driving commercial innovation across NASA science, and increasing diversity and inclusion within the broad space-science ecosystem. Dr. Evans is additionally responsible for leading numerous interagency coalitions, including the cross-government approach to understanding Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena.

Previously, Dr. Evans was the Lead for Astrophysics Research Programs at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Evans also served at the White House Office of Management and Budget as the Program Examiner for NASA Low Earth Orbit and Spaceflight Operations. Prior to joining NASA in 2015, Dr. Evans served as a Program Director in NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences. Two of his major roles included serving as Program Director for the International Gemini Observatory and Head of the NSF Astronomy Grants Programs.

Dr. Evans’s research interests include the astrophysics of supermassive black holes, galaxy evolution, and relativistic jets.

Dr. Evans has been awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and is the recipient of numerous other NASA awards. He has also appeared on numerous television networks to discuss his work, including the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the BBC.

Dr. Evans held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Bristol.

Dr. Evans can be contacted by email at: Daniel.A.Evans@nasa.gov