Jan Chodas was recently appointed as the Deputy Director for the Office of Safety and Mission Success at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Prior to this new assignment, Ms. Chodas was the Project Manager for the Juno mission to Jupiter. The Juno spacecraft launched successfully on August 5, 2011, and the operations team recently completed successful checkouts of the engineering subsystems and science instruments.
Previously, Ms. Chodas served JPL in numerous capacities including Manager of the Systems and Software Division, Assistant Flight System Manager for the Mars Exploration Rover Project, 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.
Ms. Chodas received both her M.A.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering and her B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science - Aerospace Option from the University of Toronto. She was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for her work on the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for her work on the Cassini mission to Saturn and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for her work on the Mars Exploration Rover Project. She has also received numerous NASA Group Achievement Awards.