Personnel File (01-18-16)

Mike Gazarik. Credit : Ball Aerospace

Mike Gazarik. Credit : Ball Aerospace

Mike Gazarik is Ball’s New Vice President of Engineering

“Before joining Ball Aerospace last March as technology director, Mike Gazarik spent four years in Washington standing up NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and its half-billiondollar portfolio of “game-changing” technology projects. Ten months since making the move from D.C. to Boulder, Colorado, Gazarik has been promoted.

As Ball’s new vice president of engineering, Gazarik says his goal is to “leverage the incredible heritage, innovation, and experience” at Ball to solve “the unique and fast-moving challenges faced by our customers in today’s aerospace environment.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Twelve years at NASA, including four as associate administrator for space technology. Joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s technical staff in 1997 after getting a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineerg from Georgia Tech.

PERSONAL: Married for 26 years to Michelle Gazarik, a women’s college lacrosse referee. They have three children: one at Virginia Tech, one at CU-Boulder, and a high school sophomore. He lives in Superior, Colorado, where he is active in Scouting, backpacking, biking, and coaching and refereeing lacrosse.


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