Personnel File (02-15-16)

Sam Black. Credit: Sam Black

Sam Black. Credit: Sam Black

Sam Black Joins Office of Management and Budget

“I joined the White House Office of Management and Budget as a Program Examiner in the Science and Space Branch on Feb. 8. I’ll be responsible for budget development and execution for a portfolio of programs that currently includes the International Space Station, the NASA Space Communications and Navigation office, and several other agencies. I am thrilled to be joining the talented and respected professionals at OMB, and look forward to engaging with the program offices in my portfolio and with other stakeholders.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Five years at the Satellite Industry Association, starting as director of policy before serving as acting president and being promoted to senior director, policy. Previous experience at the Stimson Center, a non-partisan think tank.

EDUCATION: Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.

PERSONAL: Married to Kate Black, the vice president of research at EMILY’s List and executive director of American Women, its affiliated policy and research organization.


NASA’S NEW HORIZONS mission has a new project manager at the APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY. HELENE WINTERS took over as project manager from GLEN FOUNTAIN, who plans to retire after managing the Pluto flyby mission since 2004. Winters was previously the manager for another APL-led mission, the MESSENGER Mercury orbiter, which ended its mission last April.

A former NASA official is under consideration for a leadership post at the UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, Boulder. ROBERT BRAUN interviewed in late January for the position of dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science there. University officials told the Boulder Daily Camera that Braun was a “special target of opportunity” that they sought to interview outside of a normal search process. Braun, a professor of space technology at GEORGIA TECH, served as NASA chief technologist in 2010 and 2011.