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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 31, 1997
JPL ANNOUNCES NEW TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS DIRECTOR
Michael Sander has been named director of JPL's Technology and Applications
Program (TAP) Directorate, JPL director Edward C. Stone announced. Sander replaces
acting TAP Director Dr. R. Rhoads Stephenson.
Sander will oversee two complementary programs within the TAP organization. The
Technology Program encompasses advanced technology development activities that enable
the successful execution of future space missions, performs research and
development for NASA (and sponsors other than NASA) and transfers JPL-developed
technology to U.S. industry. The Applications Program recognizes that JPL, as a major
national laboratory, has an obligation to serve society by participating in solving
problems in areas where JPL's special competencies can make a significant
Since February 1995, Sander has served as deputy director of JPL's Space and
Earth Science Programs Directorate and as project manager for JPL's Develop New
Products reengineering activities. Previously, he was manager of JPL's Spaceborne
Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) project. With JPL since
1963, Sander has worked in various capacities in JPL management and project
organizations, including management of JPL's Mission Control Center. His early career
was spent processing science data from the first missions to Mercury, Venus, Mars,
Jupiter and beyond.
In the early 1980's, Sander left JPL for five years to serve at NASA
Headquarters in Washington, D.C., first as the deputy director of the Life Sciences
Division and then as the director of the Shuttle Payloads Engineering Division, where
he was responsible for Spacelab and other scientific payloads on the Space Shuttle.
Born in Jerusalem, he earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Occidental
College in Los Angeles. A three-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership
Medal for his work on the Voyager mission, Spacelab One and the SIR-C Project, Sander
is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He
and his wife, Jane, live in Thousand Oaks.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a division of the California Institute of
Technology, Pasadena, California.