Joel Sercel, PhD

Chief Technical Office, Momentus Space

Joel Sercel is a world recognized authority in technical innovation and space technology with a PhD from Caltech in microwave plasma propulsion and over three decades of success in engineering and leadership across multiple disciplines. A former Principal Engineer and Project Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with 15 years of entrepreneurial success, Sercel has a long history of leading first in space and advanced technology. When at JPL, Sercel formulated the NSTAR project which lead to the first deep-space application of ion propulsion and the Dawn spacecraft flying to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Sercel is a three time NASA Innovative Advance Concepts (NIAC) Fellow and a leading expert on how to harvest water from planetary bodies and use it for space transportation services.