Jan Chodas is director for the Office of Safety and Mission Success at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Before becoming director, Chodas served as deputy director for that office. Previously she was project manager for the Juno mission, leading the team through the successful development, launch and early operations of the Jupiter-bound spacecraft.
Since joining JPL in 1980, Chodas has held numerous positions including manager of the Systems and Software Division, assistant flight system manager for the Mars Exploration Rover project, manager of the Mission Software Systems Section, flight system manager for the Space Interferometry Mission, project element manager for the Cassini Attitude and Articulation Control Subsystem and technical manager for the Galileo Attitude and Articulation Control Subsystem.
Chodas received her bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto. Her awards include NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for her work on the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Exceptional Achievement Medal for her work on the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Outstanding Leadership Medal for her contributions to the Mars Exploration Rover project, and the Outstanding Leadership Medal for her management of the Juno mission to Jupiter. She has also received numerous NASA group achievement awards.