60 Years Space Physics Research Laboratory

SPRL at 60

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Panelist Biography

Photo - George KomarGeorge Komar
NASA ESTO Associate Director

George J. Komar has thirty-five years experience in engineering, program, project and operational management.  Presently he serves as the Associate Director and Program Manager for the Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) for NASA.  In this capacity he is responsible for developing, integrating and managing all the advanced technology developments that will enable future Earth Science capabilities.

Most recently he served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Technology for the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), where he was responsible for planning, advocating, and optimizing an integrated advanced technology program.  He was the Program Manager for the Landsat 7 Program and the TOPEX/Poseidon Program. George also managed the integration of the NASA Space Station Ground System Program at Reston. This included the entire ground systems development for both NASA and the three international partners. 

Prior to coming to NASA, George coordinated all Air Force headquarters activities for strategic and airlift weapons system acquisition programs.  He was a key member of the Acquisition Advisory Group that guided several key Air Force programs through major acquisition milestone decisions.  He was in charge of deploying the B-1B strategic Bomber for the first time to the general public at the Dayton International Air Show.  George also served as a flight test engineer/director and planned, designed and flight tested electro-optical equipment for the USAF.  He has logged numerous flight hours in various USAF aircraft.

George was born in Budapest, Hungary.  He is a graduate from the Program Managers Course with the Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.   Holds a Masters in Business Administration in Management from Hardin-Simmons University, Texas, and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from New York University. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement for his innovative leadership and vision in creation of the NASA Earth Science technology program.

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