For the past decade he has been associated with NASA’s search for life outside of the confines of Earth. (Prior to becoming Mars program manager, he spent four years as the program manager of the Origins Program -- NASA’s ambitious technology-rich plan to search for evidence of life outside the Solar System.)
He joined JPL in September of 1979. His early work at JPL was on system design of large satellite-based systems for nationwide cellular phone coverage. Dr. Naderi went to NASA Headquarters for two years in the mid-80s to serve as the program manager for the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS), the front-runner of today’s multi-beam space-switching commercial satellites. Upon his return to JPL, he became the project manager for the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT) Project, which aimed at space-based measurements of winds over the global oceans with application to weather forecasting. He was a cofounder of a startup company in the mid-‘80s and consultant to other startup companies in the same period.
Dr. Naderi was borne in Shiraz, Iran and moved to the U.S. forty years ago. His 25 years at JPL spans systems engineering, technology development, program and project management as applied to satellite communications systems, Earth remote sensing observatories, astrophysical observatories, and planetary systems. He is the recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.