NASA/JPL | NASA JPL Associate Director Speaks to Students at College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons’ Institute for Ethics, Law, and Public Policy hosted a presentation delivered by Richard Cook, the associate director for flight projects and mission success at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cook talked about projects underway at JPL, his experiences over his 20+ year career there, and what he hopes to see in the future.
About the Speaker
Since joining JPL in 1989, Richard Cook has been involved with various projects and missions. His work as Manager and Deputy Manager for the Mars Science Laboratory Project involved the design, development, launch, and operations of the successful launch of the “Curiosity” rover, which landed on Mars in August 2012.
Cook was named deputy director for solar system exploration in 2013 and was flight system manager and project manager for the Mars Exploration Rover Project.
For his work managing the day-to-day operations of the Mars Pathfinder Mission, he was awarded a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal.
Cook earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Colorado and a master of science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
He resides in the Santa Clarita Valley with his family.(c)2017 SCVTV