Press Release

NASA engineer, Michael Hagopian, named Senior Vice President of Engineering for Sigma Space Corporation

By SpaceRef Editor
June 19, 2012
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Sigma Space Corporation announced today the appointment of Michael Hagopian, former NASA engineer, as Senior Vice President of Engineering. In his new position, Mr. Hagopian will supervise engineering for space projects across the Company. He will also work to better establish appropriate engineering standards and processes across the company’s divisions. “Mike brings a wealth of spaceflight project experience to our organization in mission and technology development,” said Marcos Sirota, president and CEO of Sigma Space.

“I’m excited to join Sigma Space Corporation, a company with a broad range of science and engineering expertise, and pioneering products. They have a well-earned reputation for deploying efficient teams that communicate well and deliver excellent products. The challenge will be to continue that model, and smartly apply corporate-wide experience and best practices, in an environment of rapid growth. I will work to ensure that these teams are supported by value-added management, and responsive to evolving customer needs,” said Michael Hagopian.

Before joining Sigma Space Corporation, Mr. Hagopian served in various leadership roles, for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the agency. Most recently, he was the Chief Engineer of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD) at NASA GSFC. The AETD provides multidiscipline engineering expertise to GSFC’s many missions to study Earth and space. Prior to that, he served as the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Chief Engineer at GSFC. Mr. Hagopian was a founding member of the NESC, established after the Columbia accident, and chartered to serve NASA as an Agency-wide technical resource focused on engineering excellence. “His experience in working across all the NASA centers in collaboration with external organizations will help Sigma Space extend its reach,” added Sirota.

In addition to being a company leader, Mr. Hagopian will join Sigma’s Board: Dr. Mary Cleave, Dr. Anthony Tether, General (retired) John Hall, Mr. Tom Bouchard, Dr. Phil DeCola, Dr. Marcos Sirota, and Mr. Joe Marzouk.

Sigma Space Corporation provides its customers with pioneering aerospace technology solutions, producing next-generation lidar, laser ranging, attitude determination, spectroscopy, and radiometry instrumentation for remote sensing and defense applications. Sigma Space also offers advanced science and engineering services to private and government clients, including NASA and DOD.

Sigma Space Corporation
Simona Ciampi, +1-301-552-6047
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