He was born on March 25, 1946 in Shiraz, Iran.
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Firouz Michael Naderi is an Iranian-American scientist and currently the Director for Solar System Exploration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He was born in Shiraz, Iran, Naderi moved to the U.S. more than 40 years ago to continue his higher education. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) and has been with JPL for 29 years. Dr. Naderi is the director for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Formerly, he was the associate director for Project Formulation and Strategy (2005-2011) providing oversight of new business acquisition and strategic planning at JPL. Prior to that, he was the head of the Mars Exploration Program (2000-2005) a span of time that included the successful launch of Mars Odyssey, landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and the development of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Before Mars, he managed the Origins Program (1996-2000) an ambitious, technology-rich plan to search for Earth-like planets in other planetary systems. Dr. Naderi is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the recipient of a number of awards, including NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, Space Technology Hall of Fame Medal and NASA's highest award -- the Distinguished Service Medal. He is a 2005 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for outstanding contributions that have enriched American society and exemplify its cultural diversity. Past winners of this award have included President Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope and other notables. Naderi is also the 2004 winner of the Liberal Prize awarded by an Italian foundation to an international personality who has "contributed to changes in ideas in modern times." Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, received this same award two years earlier. Naderi is active in the Iranian-American community. He is on the boards of Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and Keep Children in School.
B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University
M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (1971 – 1976)
Firouz Michael Naderi is an Iranian-American scientist and currently the Director for Solar System Exploration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Director for Solar System Exploration at NASA's JPL (2011 – Present)
Associate Director at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2005 –2011)
Vice chair at PAAIA (2007 – 2010)
Mars Exploration Program Manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2000 – 2005)
Origins Program Manager at JPL (1996 – 2000)
Proj. Mgr. NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT) at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1989 – 1995)
ACTS Program Manager at NASA Headquarters; Washington, DC (1986 – 1988)
Dr. Naderi about his hobbies and personal interests said: I do enjoy visiting my large extended family in California and also attending USC (University of Southern California, where I attended school) sports events. I do like LA Lakers Basketball games. I also get my news from Internet and do check sites like Kodoom.com. My only vice is poker!
NASA is a powerful brand and well respected in the world. Yet one persistent myth is that we at NASA know about UFOs but are hiding it from the public! Trust me we don't hide the truth. I elaborated on this also in my interview with VOA's Kambiz Hosseini (full video below). Another myth is about NASA budget being too high. Take a dollar of Federal Budget. Then take a penny from that dollar. One quarter of a penny from that budget (or 0.25% of Federal budget) is NASA's, a small fraction of other Federal budget items (like defense, wars, etc.).