|Known for||Axiom Space, X-energy, Intuitive Machines|
|Notable work||Founder of IBX, Inc and Chairman of Axiom Space.|
Ghaffarian was born in Iran and came to the United States at age 17. 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.
Ghaffarian founded X-energy LLC in 2009. The company designs high-temperature gas cooled nuclear reactors. He also co-founded Intuitive Machines in 2013. In 2016, he co-founded Houston-based Axiom Space with Michael Suffredini. As of October 2019, Ghaffarian is appointed to the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Board of Directors.[non-primary source needed]
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