Kam Ghaffarian

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Kam Ghaffarian
Known forAxiom Space, X-energy, Intuitive Machines
Notable workFounder of IBX, Inc and Chairman of Axiom Space.
TitleFounder, CEO

Kamal (Kam) Ghaffarian is an American businessman known as the founder of IBX, Axiom Space, Intuitive Machines, and X-energy.

Ghaffarian was born in Iran and came to the United States at age 17.[citation needed] He holds dual B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering, a M.Sc. in Information Management, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems. He started at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, co-founded with Harold Stinger in 1994. The company operated as a contractor to government agencies and was acquired by KBR for $355 million in February 2018.[1]

Ghaffarian founded X-energy LLC in 2009. The company designs high-temperature gas cooled nuclear reactors.[2] He also co-founded Intuitive Machines in 2013.[citation needed] In 2016, he co-founded Houston-based Axiom Space with Michael Suffredini.[1][3] As of October 2019, Ghaffarian is appointed to the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Board of Directors.[4][non-primary source needed]


  1. ^ a b Foust, Jeff (February 26, 2018). "KBR to acquire NASA contractor SGT". Space News.
  2. ^ Fehrenbacher, Katie (February 4, 2016). "Meet a Startup Making a New Kind of Safer, Smaller Nuclear Reactor". Fortune.
  3. ^ Wray, Dianna (October 28, 2019). "Who Will Build the First Commercial Space Station?". Houstonia.
  4. ^ "Board of Directors and Executive Committee" (PDF). www.nei.org.