Mr. Younes is presently the Deputy Associate Administrator and Program Manager for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN). He is responsible for NASA’s space communications and navigation infrastructure and services, as well as data standards and spectrum. Mr. Younes manages the SCAN Program Office at NASA Headquarters and oversees all NASA telecommunications and navigation projects and networks, including NASA’s Space Network (SN), Near-earth Network (NEN), and Deep Space Network (DSN). Mr. Younes is also responsible for the development of enabling technologies critical to meeting the Agency’s vision for an integrated SCaN architecture aligned with NASA’s future space exploration needs.
Prior to returning to NASA in 2007, Mr. Younes was the Department of Defense (DoD) Director for Spectrum Management with responsibility for spectrum policy and strategic planning and implementation. Under his leadership, the Department has successfully negotiated major win-win agreements with the FCC, NTIA, and US private sector. He had successfully led the DoD spectrum management organization to become more proactive in addressing RF and spectrum issues. Mr. Younes was instrumental in transforming the management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum within and outside the Department.
Mr. Younes’ experience spans over thirty-five years of leadership in microwave and RF systems engineering and technology. His interpersonal skills and rich linguistic ability have been instrumental in furthering US objectives. He has over twenty years of involvement in various forums of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and has provided direct support to US ambassadors to a number of World Radio Conferences (WRCs).
In addition to his many professional individual and team awards, Mr. Younes is also a recipient of the 2005 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society. He holds a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Catholic University of America and had completed all his PhD requirements except for the dissertation.