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Richard Fitzgerald

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Project Manager
  • 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.

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) 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