An accomplished corporate strategist and marketer, his vision and expertise have successfully taken a small engineering services company, which he and his business partner started in 1994, from just a dream to a company employing over 2000 employees with revenues exceeding $500M annually.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of SGT, Dr. Ghaffarian has been 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 has 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. He feels that his success has been based on the fact that he is truly passionate about what he does. His passion and commitment to success has kept him focused on achieving his goals each step of the way.
In addition to establishing the framework and infrastructure necessary to continue the balanced growth of SGT, Dr. Ghaffarian enjoys the opportunity to mentor other small 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.
Most recently, Dr. Ghaffarian has started a new venture called Axiom Space. Axiom’s 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.
Dr. Ghaffarian is also majority owner and CEO 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.
In addition, Dr. Ghaffarian is majority owner of Intuitive Machines (IM) which was formed to commercialize NASA’s space technology. IM develop 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.
Before co-founding SGT in 1994, Dr. Ghaffarian held numerous technical and management positions with companies that included Lockheed Martin, Ford Aerospace, and Loral 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. His accomplishments and success can be attributed to his commitment to education. 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.