An Indian-American aerospace industry professional has been assigned as NASA’s new chief technologist to serve as principal consultant to Administrator Bill Nelson on technology policy and programs at the space agency’s headquarters. AC Charania entered the space agency in his new role on January 3. He replaces another Indian-American scientist Bhavya Lal, who served as acting chief technologist before the former’s appointment.
NASA said in a report on Monday, In his position, Mr. Charania would align NASA’s agency’s comprehensive technology investments with mission needs across six mission directorates and oversee technology collaboration with other national agencies, the private sector, and exterior stakeholders.
“Technology plays a vital role in every NASA mission. Making sure that we’re pursuing the best policy objectives allows this agency to continue to serve as a global leader in innovation,” Bhavya Lal, NASA associate administrator for technology, policy, and strategy, was quoted as saying in the statement.
“Charania is an experienced leader in managing large, rapidly shifting technology portfolios. I am eager for him to apply his knowledge and enthusiasm at NASA,” Lal said.
“The rate of advancement we seek in the 21st century is dependent upon selecting and maturing a portfolio of technologies into systems to execute our missions,” Mr. Charania said.
“With this in mind, there are incredible opportunities in partnerships within and outside of NASA. I now look forward to the opportunity to work with the entire community to increase the rate of space and aviation progress,” he added.
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