February 16, 2023
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) appointed Indian-American aerospace professional AC Charania as the space agency’s new chief technologist. Charania began to serve in his new role on January 3 and advises NASA’s administrator Bill Nelson on technology programmes and policies. Charania replaced Bhavya Lal, another Indian-American scientist who held the post previously. Charania worked with Reliable Robotics as vice-president of product strategy before assuming his current role and has also worked with companies such as Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. He received his graduate and post-graduate degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and has experience in a variety of fields including lunar landers, small satellites and hypersonics.