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NASA in the News

U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, named Charles Elachi of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as one of “America’s Best Leaders” for 2006. Other honorees include Warren Buffet, Sandra Day O’Connor, Wynton Marsalis, and Michael Bloomberg. Elachi was chosen for his bold leadership in turning around NASA’s Mars projects after the mission failures of the Mars Climate Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander in the 1990s. His efforts led to the successful Mars Exploration Rover (MER) program, which included the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. The honorees were selected by a committee of government, community, and private-sector leaders convened by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Read the U.S. News & World Report article online at

Learning and Development

Check out these upcoming opportunities for increasing knowledge. For more information, please e-mail

Foundations of Aerospace at NASA Part A
July 16-27, Ames Research Center
This course is designed for new hires within their first year of employment at NASA or employees that began work within the past five years. The goal of this course is to immerse new hires in what it means to work at NASA and the principles of technical excellence. It will provide participants with a “big picture” of NASA, its governance model, and Agency operations, as well as communication and team participation skills and basic concepts of aeronautics and astronautics.

Project Management and Systems Engineering Part B
September 10-14, Wallops Flight Facility
This course is designed for NASA project practitioners and systems engineers prior to or in the first year of entry into project, systems engineering, or supervisory positions. This course is intended to enhance proficiency in applying PM and SE processes/practices over the project life cycle. It will focus on defining and implementing system projects and providing the tools necessary for managing and leading project and technical teams.

Web of Knowledge

NASA has created a knowledge network to promote learning and sharing among NASA’s engineers. Through NASA Lessons Learned, an agency-wide searchable database, an expertise locator, and discipline-specific communities of practice portals, the NASA Engineering Network, or NEN, connects engineers to NASA’s vast engineering resources to help them solve problems and design solutions more effectively and efficiently. Find out more about the Network online: (NASA only).

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