2010-04-15

Lebanese Pioneers @ NASA & Others - Pioneer # 1: Dr. Charles Elachi – JPL NASA

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Charles Elachi is the director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and is the man behind the Solar System exploration program. in particular the exploration of Mars; and thus also manages what goes on behind the curtain with the Mars rovers. He has been the man behind the recent success of the Mars rover program, which (the rover program) had many faults and failures, whether the NASA attempts of the Russian programs.

Official Name: Charles Elachi
Birth Date: April 18, 1947
Country of Origin: Lebanon
Studies:
  1. B.S. in Physics from the University of Greboble, France in 1969
  2. Diplome in Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble in 1968
  3. M.S. & Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1969 & 1971 respectively
  4. MBA from the Unviersity of Southern California in 1978
  5. M.S. in Geology  from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1983
Joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory - JPL in 1970