Director of NASA & NOAA Programs for Lockheed Martin Corp. in its Washington Operations, Jon Malay is the company's primary day-to-day interface with NASA Headquarters and with NOAA for its weather satellite programs.
Mr. Malay is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a major in Oceanography, and he received a Master of Science in Meteorology degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California a year later. Upon graduation, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the Pearl Harbor-based guided missile destroyer USS BENJAMIN STODDERT before transferring to the Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center in Monterey, California and becoming a career specialist in Oceanography and Meteorology. From 1980 to 1984, he served as a Research Officer at the Naval Underwater Systems Center at New London, Connecticut. During this time, he served as an advisor to the Astronaut Corps at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center for visual observations of ocean and cloud patterns from the Space Shuttle.
In 1984, Lieutenant Commander Malay was selected as a finalist for NASA Astronaut Mission Specialist. Returning to the sea instead, however, he served as Meteorological Officer on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ, and in 1986 became the first oceanographic officer to serve on the staff of the Commander, Naval Space Command at Dahlgren, Virginia. As one of the Navy’s senior experts in satellite oceanography and meteorology, Commander Malay completed his naval career on the staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, a position from which he was sent on special assignment in 1992 to the National Reconnaissance Office.
Upon retiring from active duty in September, 1993, Mr. Malay worked briefly at Orbital Sciences Corporation and then went on to become a Senior Research Scientist for the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan on assignment to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He coordinated that agency’s liaison with NASA’s Office of Mission to Planet Earth. In 1995, he accepted an opportunity to join Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in their Washington Office, a position he held until joining Lockheed Martin in March of 2003.
Mr. Malay resides with his wife, Sharon, in historic Falmouth, Virginia, just across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. His personal interests include amateur astronomy, golf, fishing and cheering for Naval Academy, Notre Dame, and University of Virginia sports teams along with his three grown children who have either graduated from, or are attending, these great schools.
Biography provided by the author, September 2003.