Rick Grammier, Director for Solar System Exploration

Richard S. Grammier is director for solar system exploration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Previous to this position, he served as deputy director for solar system exploration. Since joining JPL in 1989, Grammier has contributed to numerous flight projects including Cassini (command and data subsystem manager), Stardust (project engineer and deputy project manager), Deep Impact (project manager), and Juno (project manager). He also managed the Laboratory's Office of Mission Assurance.

Grammier received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy in 1977 and a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from California State Polytechnic University. He has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for Cassini, as well as two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals for his accomplishments on Stardust and Deep Impact.

Note: Rick Grammier passed away on January 23, 2011. His responsibilities as director of solar system exploration will be fulfilled on an interim basis by Thomas Gavin, retired JPL associate director for flight projects and mission success.


Aerial View of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory