George Komar – Director
A career as a NASA senior executive and a USAF officer, demonstrating innovative, forward-thinking and cost-saving program and project management. Proven success in developing and marketing long-range programs, applying innovative approaches across the product lifecycle, a caring leader that guides a team of professionals, fostering strong relationships that demonstrate continued success across the federal government.
George has over 40 years of experience in engineering, program, project and operational management. At NASA, he served as the Associate Director in the Earth Science Division and Program Manager for the Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) for NASA. In this capacity he was responsible for developing, integrating and managing all the advanced technology developments that will enable future Earth Science capabilities. He also 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 for space and Earth sciences. 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 for Space Station Freedom. This included the entire ground systems development for both NASA and the three international partners.
Prior to coming to NASA, George spent 21 years in the Air Force and coordinated all USAF 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 systems for the USAF. He supervised the maintenance activities for 75 fighter aircraft and 325 maintenance personnel and 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 and the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia. Holds a Master in Business Administration in Management from Hardin-Simmons University, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from New York University. George 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, and the NASA Administrator presented him with the NASA Exceptional Leadership Medal, recognizing his success in creating and developing new technical capabilities for the science community.