Technology and Laboratory Operations VP to Retire

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 30, 2019 – After 37 years of technical leadership and service to The Aerospace Corporation and its customers, Dr. Sherrie Zacharius, vice president of Technology and Laboratory Operations, will retire on March 29, 2019.

“Throughout her career, Sherrie has contributed to the success of space and launch systems through scientific research and the application of advanced technology,” said Aerospace President and CEO Steve Isakowitz.

In addition to her research and management background in the laboratories, Zacharius has been involved in both independent research and development and staff planning activities across the corporation and with its customers. In 2017, Zacharius received the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Award for Exceptional Public Service in recognition of her outstanding support to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Zacharius started her Aerospace career in the Material Sciences Laboratory as a member of the technical staff in 1982. She held progressively more important roles in the laboratories before moving to the GPS program, where she was principal director of User Systems responsible for User Equipment, Satellite Operations, and the Nuclear Detonation Detection System payload. She led the Physical Science Laboratory for 11 years, serving as the vice president of Technology and Laboratory Operations for the last 7 years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and received her Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

“Throughout her career, Sherrie has contributed to the success of space and launch systems through scientific research and the application of advanced technology,” said Aerospace President and CEO Steve Isakowitz.

In addition to her research and management background in the laboratories, Zacharius has been involved in both independent research and development and staff planning activities across the corporation and with its customers. In 2017, Zacharius received the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Award for Exceptional Public Service in recognition of her outstanding support to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Zacharius started her Aerospace career in the Material Sciences Laboratory as a member of the technical staff in 1982. She held progressively more important roles in the laboratories before moving to the GPS program, where she was principal director of User Systems responsible for User Equipment, Satellite Operations, and the Nuclear Detonation Detection System payload. She led the Physical Science Laboratory for 11 years, serving as the vice president of Technology and Laboratory Operations for the last 7 years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and received her Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

About The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 4,000 employees. With three major locations in El Segundo, Calif., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Washington, D.C., Aerospace addresses complex problems with agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership across the space enterprise and other areas of national significance. For more information, visit www.aerospace.org. Follow us on Twitter: @AerospaceCorp.

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