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Sierra Nevada Corporation names Janet Kavandi as EVP

Christian Fernsby | Sparks, Nv., USA | November 9, 2020
Janet KavandiSierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), an aerospace and national security company, announced that former NASA Glenn Research Center Director and astronaut Janet Kavandi has been named EVP of SNC's Space Systems Group (SSG) business area based in Louisville, Colorado.
Ms. Kavandi joined SNC in 2019 after 25 years of service with NASA, where she logged more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits.

Ms. Kavandi was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1994.

Ms. Kavandi completed three space flights in which she supported space station payload integration, capsule communications and robotics.

Ms. Kavandi went on to serve as director of flight crew operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center and then as director of NASA's Glenn Research Center, where she directed cutting edge research on aerospace and aeronautical propulsion, power and communication technologies.

She retired from NASA in 2019 after 25 years of service.

Ms. Kavandi holds degrees in chemistry and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry.

Ms. Kavandi received two Presidential Rank Awards, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two Exceptional Service Medals, three NASA Space Flight Medals and the Distinguished Service Medal, NASA's highest award.

Ms. Kavandi was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in April 2019.


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