- Press Release
- Mar 31, 2023
JPL Names Naderi as New Head of Mars Program Office
MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Mary Hardin
Dr. Firouz Naderi has been named manager of the newly
created Mars Program Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, CA, JPL Director Dr. Edward C. Stone has announced.
Naderi has been the manager of NASA’s Origins Program since
1996. He joined JPL in 1979 and has served as program manager
for space science flight experiments and project manager for the
NASA Scatterometer project. In addition, he was program manager
at NASA Headquarters for the Advanced Communications Technology
Satellite program and at JPL for the Mobile Satellite program.
The new Mars Program Office will serve as the single point-
of-contact for NASA Headquarters at JPL for all Mars exploration
efforts. The office will work closely with the NASA Headquarters
Mars Directorate Office for the development and implementation of
the long-term strategy for the robotic exploration of Mars, as
well as for the program’s architecture and management of related
funding. Naderi’s appointment is effective immediately.
Born March 25, 1946, in Shiraz, Iran, Naderi holds three
degrees in electrical engineering: a bachelor’s from Iowa State
University, Ames, IA, and a master’s and doctorate from the
University of Southern California.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology,