Jay Apt has had a rich and varied career as a scientist, academic, astronaut, museum administrator and, now, as a venture investor. Here are some key events in that career.

  • 1976 — Earned doctorate in physics and appointed post-doctoral fellow in laser spectroscopy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1976-1980 — Staff member of the Center for Earth & Planetary Physics, Harvard University
  • 1980 — Joined the Earth and Space Sciences Division of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 1982-1985 — Flight controller responsible for space shuttle payload operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • 1985 — Selected as an astronaut candidate
  • 1986 — Qualified as an astronaut
  • 1991-1996 — Completed four NASA space shuttle missions
  • 1997 — Appointed director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • 2000 — Joined iNetworks LLC as chief technology officer