Jim Wetherbee


Jim Wetherbee
Naval Aviator, Test Pilot; Captain, US Navy (retired)
Former Astronaut; NASA
Author: Controlling Risk—In A Dangerous World; Morgan James, New York, NY, 2017


A six-time space traveller, Jim Wetherbee is the only astronaut to have commanded five Space Shuttle missions. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, he began his life-long journey of controlling risk as a naval aviator, flying in single-seat cockpits from aircraft carriers.

Jim’s work as a military test pilot, astronaut, and as a safety executive in the oil and gas industry, with leadership roles from the front lines to the executive level, have given him valuable experiences and insights into dangerous businesses. Jim has seen the subtle conditions that sometimes cause organizations to fail—and knows the best techniques to unleash the power of people working together in hazardous environments to accomplish complex missions in our dangerous world.