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David Oberhettinger

Chief Knowledge Officer
NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

David Oberhettinger is the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) of the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California ( JPL is the lead NASA center for the robotic exploration of deep space. Additional responsibilities within the JPL Office of the Chief Engineer include assuring engineering excellence in the design, test, and operation of robotic interplanetary spacecraft and planetary probes. This includes managing the JPL Engineering Standards Office and the JPL Spaceflight Engineering Research Program, and chairing the JPL Lessons Learned Committee. Prior to work at JPL, he managed the Spacecraft Engineering Technology Department of Northrop Grumman. He serves on the Board of Directors of the 62nd annual Reliability & Maintainability Symposium (, and on wing staff as Director of Aerospace Education (DAE) for the 66 squadrons in the California Wing, USAF Auxiliary.

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