Zaheer Ali is currently the manager of safety, quality and software product assurance for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) with responsibility for all software products and safety and quality of all USRA work on SOFIA.
He flies in a modified Boeing 747 that carries a 38,000 pound, 100-inch diameter infrared telescope in her tail section to carry out seasonal space explorations from many parts of the world.
Zaheer is also a founding executive for Material Mind and AIXIA Global and built science instrumentation and the laboratory facilities for SOFIA. Zaheer has managed science ground support on multiple deployments around the world.
Zaheer trained as a research Physicist at University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University which has resulted in patents, an R&D100 award, and over 40 authored or co-authored publications.
Mr. Ali also worked as an engineer and manager of teams and programs for the US Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site where he co-founded the National Center for Nuclear Security, worked as a Principal Investigator and Shot Director at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics of the University of Rochester and consulted as a micro/nano device (MEMS) engineer.
Zaheer's talk is briefly discusses agile software development and how it has improved businesses around the world before addressing how it is changing mainstream society. As a supervisor on NASA's SOFIA program, he has applied Agile principles in both his professional and personal life helping him to maintain a balance.
PMP Certified - Certified Scrum Professional - Certified Scrum Master - Certified Scrum Product Owner - Certified Scrum Developer - Six Sigma Lean Professional - Six Sigma Black Belt.