René Fradet is the Director for Engineering and Science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Fradet has over 30 years of experience in the space industry. During his career, he held several engineering positions on the Galileo and Cassini projects and the positions of Deputy Spacecraft Manager on Deep Space 1 and Flight System Manager on the Mars Science Laboratory. Fradet was the co-founder and President/CEO of Alliance Spacesystems Inc. which developed the robotic arms for several Mars missions. During his tenure at Alliance Spacesystems, the company was awarded the NASA George M. Low Quality Award. Fradet is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Award.