Mr. John Gagosian

John Gagosian serves as the Program Executive for the Exoplanet Exploration Program and the WFIRST (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope) Mission.  In this role he tracks Program status, assesses overall progress and risks, makes strategic and budgetary recommendations, and serves as the Division Director’s primary interface with Program and Project management.  Mr. Gagosian previously served as Program Executive for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and the Cosmic Origins (COR) Program.

Prior to coming to NASA Headquarters in 2010, Mr. Gagosian served as Associate Chief of the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis (MESA) Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.  In this role, he helped to manage an organization with seven branches and more than 200 civil servants engaged in a wide variety of disciplines including mission systems engineering, navigation, mission design, attitude control systems, and propulsion systems.  During his 19 years at Goddard, Mr. Gagosian also served as Head of the Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) Systems Engineering Branch; Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) GN&C Systems Engineer; Gyroscopic Upper Stage Nutation Control System (NCS) Lead Engineer; Mission Integration Manager for the second generation of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS); and Propulsion Engineer on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM).

Mr. Gagosian received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.