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  Richard.Fitzgerald@jhuapl.edu

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:   Project Manager

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Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
Master of Science Computer Science/Hardware and Systems 1990 The George Washington University, District of Columbia
BSEE Electrical Engineering 1985 University of Maryland, College Park, MD

More than 35 years of engineering and project management experience, with 20 years as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy and NASA.  Served as TT&C Manager for NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite program, as well as NASA Mission Manager for the GRACE and CALIPSO missions. Served as NASA Project Manager for the Mars Laser Communication Demonstration before working at Swales Aerospace, managing heat pipe and radiator builds for OCO II, GOES ABI and other NASA missions.  Joined JHU/APL in 2007 and served as Project Manager for Van Allen Probes through development, launch and early operations. Became Program Area Manager (PAM) for Civil Space in 2012, managing a large portfolio of missions, instruments, studies, grants and proposals.  Served as NASA Standing Review Board (SRB) Chair for the ICON mission and SRB member for the GRACE Follow On mission.  Also served as Project Manager for the GUSTO mission and MISE instrument component development briefly while PAM.  Currently serving as Deputy Project Manager for Dragonfly and Deputy Program Area Manager for Civil Space.

 
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Start Year End Year Description
2012 2020 Program Area Manager for Civil Space, Project Manager for GUSTO, Project Manager for MISE, SRB Chair for ICON, SRB member for GRACE Follow On, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2007 2012 Project Manager for Van Allen Probes (formerly RBSP), Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2005 2007 Project Manager for OCO II, GOES ABI and other NASA program thermal system components, Swales Aerospace
2003 2005 Project Manager, Mars Laser Communication Demonstration (MLCD), NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
2002 2003 Mission Manager for Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO), NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
1997 2002 Mission Manager for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
1991 1997 Tracking Telemetry and Command (TT&C) Manager for Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
1988 1991 Electronics Engineer for anti-submarine warfare shipboard combat control systems, Naval Surface Warfare Center
1985 1988 Electronics Engineer for underwater mine systems, Naval Surface Warfare Center
2020 Current Deputy Project Manager for Dragonfly, Deputy Program Area Manager for Civil Space, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Year Description
2012,2011,2008,2007 Special Achievement Award (SAA), Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)
2003,2002,2001,2000,1999,1996,1995,1993 Group Achievement Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
2003,2001,2000,1999,1998,1997,1995,1994,1990 Performance Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
2003 Letter of Commendation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
2003 Exceptional Service Medal, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
2002,1993,1991,1989 Outstanding Performance, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
1991,1989 Merit Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
1991 Letter of Appreciation, U.S. Navy
1991 Letter of Commendation, U.S. Navy
1990 Letter of Appreciation, U.S. Navy, Commander Naval Surface Warfare
1977 Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
2013 2nd Place Award, Project Management Institute (PMI), Baltimore Chapter Project of the Year for Van Allen Probes (VAP)
2013 Group Achievement Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), For Van Allen Probes (VAP) Project
1998 Fellow, Council for Excellence in Government
1993-1996 Project Management Development Emprise (PMDE) program, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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