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Christopher Randall (NASA)

Title: Science Directorate Business Development Lead
Technical Focus Area: Front Office
Study Topics: Program Management, Business Development, Program Formulation, Instrument Engineering, Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Spacecraft Control Systems, Instrument Systems Engineering, Capture Management


Chris Randall has been involved in all phases of space missions from concept design and development, to observatory integration, test, and on orbit operations. Chris started his career as a Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. During this period Chris went from an analyst to a lead engineer working on the Orbital Express, Deep Impact, and Kepler spacecraft. After GNC engineering, Chris moved into an instrument systems engineering role on Human rated guidance and navigation electro-optical sensors. From there Chris took on increasingly more responsibility as Business Development manager and Program manager for passive remote sensing payloads and spacecraft. In 2016 Chris joined Science Systems Applications, Inc. (SSAI) at NASA Langley as the Instrument Manager for the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI). As the RBI Instrument Manager, Chris was responsible for the technical performance of the instrument working along-side the Chief Engineer and Project Manager. In 2018 Chris joined NASA Langley as an AST Physical Scientist in the Science Directorate. Within the Science Directorate Chris has supported the CLARREO Pathfinder mission as the instrument engineer and is the proposal manager for Langley’s CICERO instrument opportunity. In 2020 Chris became the Business Development Lead within the Science Directorate. As business development lead Chris is responsible for the definition and strategic management of the directorates business development activities including opportunity identification and qualification, stakeholder engagement, opportunity forecasting, and mission formulation.

Education/Professional Experience:

  • M.B.A., Management and Finance, University of Colorado
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
  • B.S., Applied Physics, Minor in Mathematics, SUNY Geneseo College
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honor Society)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (International Business School Honor Society)

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