Dr. Kam Ghaffarian, CEO
With over 30 years of visionary leadership, Dr. Kam Ghaffarian has been a successful entrepreneur dedicated to creating companies focused on employee well-being and operating with the highest integrity, while delivering the best technical solutions to his customers. An accomplished corporate strategist and marketer, his vision and expertise have been applied in the formation of numerous businesses spanning a gamut ranging from aerospace engineering, information technology and nuclear engineering to several not-for-profit enterprises.
Dr. Ghaffarian’s most recent operations include the formation of IBX which stands for Imagine, Believe, eXecute. This motto summarizes the process by which he forms new enterprises in pursuing his life goal to advance the condition of humanity and make a difference in the world. IBX oversees a variety of holdings including:
• Dr. Ghaffarian founded and is Chairman of Axiom Space for which the mission is to advance the commercial utilization of space eventually leading to the design, manufacture, launch and operation of a commercial space station. The early scenario for the space station is to design, build, launch and operate a commercial multi-purpose module that begins its life attached to International Space Station. Once a thriving commercial space economy is established, a Space City will be developed, launched and assembled in Earth orbit in the 2040 timeframe
• In addition, Dr. Ghaffarian is also founder and Chairman of Intuitive Machines (IM) which was formed to commercialize NASA’s space technology. IM develops engineering solutions at the unimagined intersections between energy, medicine and aerospace. By leveraging state-of-the-art engineering tools and practices, integrated with current research and advanced technologies, IM arrives at original outcomes. IM has developed a line of commercial drones that may be flown autonomously beyond line-of-site that can be used to monitor vast geographical areas without refueling. IM is also working on a prototype for a moon-lander which will deliver payloads to the Moon beginning in 2021. Finally, IM has developed a commercial additive manufacturing (3D printing) capability which can create high tolerance aerospace parts at a fraction of the time and cost of using traditional manufacturing methods.
• Dr. Ghaffarian also founded and Chairman of X-Energy (XE). XE’s vision is to be the world’s leading provider of highly innovative, 100% safe, and environmentally friendly small-scale nuclear energy solutions for government, industry, and private consumers. XE is commercializing and deploying a High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR): the Xe-100. The Xe-100 reactor series will produce zero-emission energy around the clock to ensure reliable electricity that can be adapted to a variety of markets. XE is also developing a smaller portable reactor that may be used by the US Government to power critical bases and facilities around the world.
In addition, a sister company, TRISO-X is developing and producing accident tolerant nuclear reactor fuel using innovative processes that greatly increase reactor safety. In addition to his numerous commercial endeavors Dr. Ghaffarian has formed the Emerging Light Foundation which is dedicated to improving the condition of humankind through a variety of charitable endeavors. One such project includes the formation and support of a school located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. This school currently educates, feeds and clothes 700 students.
He has also founded a non-profit organization called the Limitless Space Institute which is involved in the education and research in aerospace related areas. Dr. Ghaffarian enjoys the opportunity to mentor other businesses as well as contribute to the betterment of the community. Under his leadership, the company has developed partnerships with disadvantaged schools, supported community outreach programs and provided intern opportunities for students in science, engineering and project management programs.
In 2018 Dr. Ghaffarian sold SGT, Inc., which he founded in 1994 and grew to a company employing over 2000 employees with revenues exceeding $500M annually. As Chief Executive Officer of SGT, Dr. Ghaffarian was an integral part of the company’s notable growth and success. His ability to identify opportunities that align with the company strengths and cultivate business relationships with both partners and customers resulted in continuous growth and a sound industry reputation. He has been recognized by industry for his accomplishments and received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Prior to SGT Dr. Ghaffarian held numerous technical and management positions with companies that included Lockheed Martin, Ford Aerospace, and Loral Aerosys. In these positions he quickly established a reputation for his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to solve complex and technically challenging problems as well as develop new business opportunities.
Dr. Ghaffarian’s technical experience is in the fields of aerospace systems engineering and information technology. He has obtained two Bachelors of Science degrees including a B.S. in Computer Science in Engineering and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, a Masters of Science in Information Management and a PhD in Management Information Systems.