BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has promoted Dr. Mike Gazarik, Technology Director, to the position of Vice President for Engineering and named Jeff Osterkamp Vice President for Mission Assurance.
Gazarik joined Ball in March of 2015 from NASA where he was the Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters. Since then, he has worked to align Ball's technology development with business development and growth strategies. As the vice president of engineering, he will provide overall strategic and operational leadership of the organization, which includes all disciplines of engineering as well as manufacturing, testing, supply chain management, facilities, IRAD and intellectual property.
Gazarik earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, also in Electrical Engineering.
In transitioning from the role as VP for Engineering to VP of Mission Assurance, Osterkamp replaces Sherri Fike who retired in December. Osterkamp has more than 30 years of experience at Ball Aerospace. His previous roles include executive leadership of the company's component technologies business area; the National Defense strategic business unit; the Program Management Office; Sensor and Video Technologies; and Advanced Antenna and Video Systems.
Osterkamp earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Ball continues to invest and innovate in affordable, high resolution imaging systems, contributing to the needs of civil, military and commercial customers. For more information, visit http://www.ballaerospace.com/.
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