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Michael Ryschkewitsch to Lead Johns Hopkins APL Space Sector; Ralph Semmel Comments

John Hopkins APL logoMichael Ryschkewitsch, NASA’s chief engineer, will join Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in January as space sector leader.

He will be responsible for some of the lab’s systems engineering work for military and NASA space science programs, APL said Monday.

Ralph Semmel, APL director, said Ryschkewitsch will aim to leverage his technical background in order to help APL manage complex space programs.

Ryschkewitsch most recently served as deputy director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and as Goddard’s applied engineering and technology director.

He started at NASA to work on the Cosmic Background Explorer and later support missions such as the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, Swift Gamma Ray Burst, the Terra satellite and the corrective optics space telescope axial replacement for the first Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.

Ryschkewitsch is a recipient of awards such as the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, Robert Baumann Award and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center Leadership Award.

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