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Robert D. Strain


Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Robert D. Strain is the President of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Prior to assuming that role on March 30, 2013, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Strain joined Ball Aerospace in March 2012 following his tenure as the Center Director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Strain assumed that post in August 2008. During his successful tenure Strain oversaw the launch of twenty missions and was awarded a gold medal by the American Astronomical Society for his contributions to science.

Prior to joining NASA, Strain was the head of the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. While at APL, he was also responsible for the national security business area which made many significant contributions to the Department of Defense and other U.S. agencies.

Strain has more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace business, including executive positions at Orbital Sciences, where he led the company's Satellite and Electronic Sensors Divisions; and Fairchild Space and Defense Company, for which he served as chief financial officer and various other operational roles.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.

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