Fred Hadaegh has been named JPL’s new Chief Technologist, replacing Jonas Zmuidzinas, who will return to Caltech as a physics professor.
Hadaegh, who had served as the Lab’s Associate Chief Technologist since 2012, joined JPL in 1984 after receiving his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from USC, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the same subject from the University of Texas, Austin.
For more than two decades, he supervised JPL’s Guidance & Control Analysis Group. He also previously led the development of guidance and control technologies for spacecraft formation flying, autonomous rendezvous and docking for NASA missions and Department of Defense programs.
Hadaegh is a JPL Fellow and Senior Research Scientist, Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers and Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Among his numerous awards are NASA’s Exceptional Service and Exceptional Achievement Medals. His research interests include optimal estimation and control as applied to distributed spacecraft. He has published extensively on mathematical modeling of uncertain systems, parameter identifiability of dynamical systems, identification and control of large space structures, and autonomous control of distributed spacecraft systems.