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Bobby Braun to Join JPL to Head Planetary Exploration Program

2 Oct 2019, 17:32 UTC
Bobby Braun to Join JPL to Head Planetary Exploration Program
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Bobby Braun (Credit: CU Boulder)

Former NASA chief technologist Bobby Braun will be re-joining the space agency in January as the leader of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) center’s planetary exploration program.

Braun, who serves as dean of the University of Colorado (UC) Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, will serve as a member of JPL’s leadership team.

In an internal memo, center Director Michael Watkins said Braun’s 30 years of experience with the JPL and NASA planetary missions, including the Mars Pathfinder lander, would be a great asset in implementing a planned overhaul of the lab’s Mars and planetary exploration programs.

“Due to the increasingly integrated nature of NASA’s Planetary program, and to Bobby’s long experience with the Mars Program, we will conduct a study this fall to merge significant portions of the existing Mars Exploration Directorate (6X) into the Solar System Exploration Directorate (4X),” Watkins wrote.

Braun previously served as NASA’s chief technology officer (CTO) in 2010-11. He began his career as an aerospace technologist at the NASA Langley Research Center in 1989.

His resume from UC Boulder is posted below.

Bobby Braun

Professor • Smead Space Technology Chair • DeanColorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)

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