NASA appoints Indian-American space expert AC Charania as chief technologist.
Indian-American AC Charania has been appointed as the new chief technologist of NASA and will serve as principal advisor to Administrator Bill Nelson on technology policy and programs at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.
He replaced fellow Indian-American Bhavya Lal, who was acting chief technologist until 3rd January.
In his position, Charania will align NASA’s agencywide technology investments with mission needs in the six mission directorates and oversee technology collaboration with other federal agencies, the private sector and external stakeholders, NASA said in a statement on 9th January.
Prior to joining NASA, Charania served as Vice President of Product Strategy at Reliable Robotics. He was also involved with Blue Origin, working to mature its Lunar Endurance Strategy, the Blue Moon Lunar Lander Program and several technology initiatives with NASA.