Firouz Naderi ,Persian-American scientist

All told, from 2000 to 2012 there has been an unprecedented 6 consecutive successful American missions to Mars (4 landers and 2 orbiters) based on the roadmap devised in the summer of 2000. For management of the Mars Program, in 2005 he was awarded NASA’s highest award, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.After the Mars Program, he was appointed JPL’s first associate director for Project Formulation and Strategy, serving as the Laboratory’s senior official providing oversight of JPL new business acquisition and senior strategic planning officer.