Christopher P. Jones is associate director for flight projects and mission success at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Prior to this assignment, he was JPL's director for solar system exploration. From 1991 to 1998, he was spacecraft development manager for the Cassini Program, and subsequently managed the Space Interferometry Mission. Since joining JPL in 1969, Jones has contributed to the design, test and flight operations of numerous planetary spacecraft including Mariner 9, Voyager and Galileo, and managed the Laboratory's Spacecraft Systems Engineering and Guidance and Control sections.
Jones received his bachelor's degree in 1968 and master's degree in 1969, both in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He has received numerous NASA awards and citations, including the agency's Exceptional Service Medal for his work on Voyager, Outstanding Leadership Medal for Cassini and Distinguished Service Medal for his sustained contributions to deep space planetary exploration.