Stephen Ettinger named new LASP deputy director of finance and operations


Stephen Ettinger named new LASP deputy director of finance and operations

Courtesy: Stephen Ettinger

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics has named Stephen Ettinger its deputy director for finance and operations, a key role in advancing the institute’s leadership in space-based research.

Ettinger brings to LASP nearly 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, administration, budgeting, strategic planning, and human resource management at numerous scientific research organizations. He holds multiple degrees from the University of Denver, including an MA/MBA in technology and international public policy and a BS/BA in business management.

“I am delighted to welcome Stephen Ettinger as the new deputy director for finance and operations,” said LASP Director Dan Baker. “His combined experience and enthusiastic leadership will help keep LASP at the forefront of developing new technologies and approaches to advancing space-based research.”

Ettinger is moving to LASP from his role as the associate laboratory director for finance and administration at the National Science Foundation’s NOIRLab. He previously served as the director of business affairs at UNAVCO, a non-profit, university-governed consortium that facilitates geoscience research and education. Prior to UNAVCO, he worked for more than 15 years in positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

“Stephen is a dedicated and enthusiastic person who leads by example and is known for inspiring cooperation among departments and team members,” added Baker. “He will be leading a major component of LASP that truly enables all of our science, engineering, and operations—this is indispensable for LASP’s long-term success.”

Ettinger will replace Randy Siders, who has served as the research institute’s executive associate director for more than eight years. “Randy has done a tremendous job of leading LASP’s administrative division during a period of significant expansion and the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic,” said Baker. “We are very fortunate that he will continue to serve as LASP’s deputy director for international programs.”

In his new position, Ettinger will lead LASP’s administrative division, which includes human resources, financial management, contracts and compliance, and facilities and operations. Collectively, these departments provide crucial support for the laboratory’s development of new technologies and approaches to space science. LASP’s current portfolio of new research and engineering programs totals about $1 billion.

“I am incredibly excited to join the excellent LASP team to further its mission to deliver the future of space science,” said Ettinger. “I have always been fascinated with space exploration, and the work LASP is doing is of great interest to me on both professional and personal level. I really believe that as humanity studies space, it grows and develops in multiple ways, and the society is lifted to new levels,” he added. “Being a part of that is both thrilling and humbling. I look forward to working with the team and bringing my experience and energy.”

LASP, which began a decade before NASA was founded, is the only research institute in the world to have sent instruments to every planet in our solar system.

Written by Terri Cook, Head of LASP’s Office of Communications Management

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