Badri Younes

Member, PNT Executive Steering Group

Mr. Badri Younes is presently the Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN). He is responsible for all activities associated with NASA's space communications and navigation policy, infrastructure and services, as well as spectrum management and data standards. Mr. Younes leads and manages the SCaN program Office at NASA Headquarters and oversees all NASA telecommunications and navigation projects and networks, include NASA's Space Network (SN), Near Earth Network (NEN), and Deep Space Network (DSN). Mr. Younes leads the transformation of all NASA communications networks into a single, unified, cohesive, and integrated much more capable network. He is also responsible for the development of enabling transformational technologies critical to meeting the Agency's vision for an integrated SCaN architecture aligned with NASA's future space exploration needs.

Prior to returning to NASA in 2007, Mr. Younes was the Department of Defense (DoD) Director for Spectrum Management with responsibility for spectrum policy and strategic planning and implementation for the DoD. Under his leadership, the department has successfully negotiated major win-win agreements with the Federal Communications Commission, National Telecommunications Information Administration, and the U.S. private sector. He has successfully led the DoD spectrum management organization to become more proactive in addressing radiofrequency (RF) and spectrum issues and has been instrumental in transforming the management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum within and outside the Department. He has played a lead and positive role in developing the Presidential Initiative Recommendations on Spectrum Reform.

Mr. Younes' experience spans over thirty years of leadership in microwave and RF systems engineering, digital and analogue signal processing, electronics and technology. His interpersonal skills and rich linguistic ability have bene instrumental in furthering U.S. objectives both nationally and abroad. He has over twenty years of involvement in various forums of the International Telecommunications Union, and has provided direct support to the U.S. ambassadors to three Word Radiocommunications Conferences. Prior to joining the DoD, Mr. Younes successfully managed the RF systems engineering and spectrum management for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Space and Ground Networks. He has also successfully managed to completion the design and implementation of NASA's Second Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Ground Terminal at White Sands, New Mexico.

Mr. Younes is the recipient of a number of recognition and performance awards. In particular, the 2005 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society. He holds a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Catholic University of America and had completed all his PhD requirements except for the dissertation.

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