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Harris Corporation Names Franklin Van Rensselaer Vice President and Sr. Executive Account Manager for NASA Programs


Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has named Franklin L. Van Rensselaer vice president of Business Development and senior executive account manager for the NASA Programs business area of Harris Government Communications Systems.

In his new position, Van Rensselaer serves as the company’s primary interface to NASA and is responsible for building customer relationships, identifying growth opportunities, and supporting related programs and pursuits.

“Frank has more than 35 years of experience in the aerospace industry, including extensive senior executive-level experience managing large, technically-challenging manned and unmanned space flight programs in both the public and private sectors,” said Jeremy Wensinger, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. “We are extremely pleased that he has joined Harris. His knowledge and background will be valuable assets in expanding our business opportunities with NASA.”

Most recently, Van Rensselaer was vice president and site executive for Raytheon at its St. Petersburg, Florida, operations, and director of space programs within the company’s Network Centric Systems. In this capacity, he was responsible for more than 1,000 employees developing products for NASA, the Department of Defense, and classified customers.

Prior to joining Raytheon, he was involved in key NASA space programs such as the Solid Rocket Booster, External Tank, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, Magellan spacecraft, Tethered Satellite, several Space Shuttle components, and scientific instruments for NASA satellites. He has held leadership positions at Marshall Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center and NASA headquarters as well as senior executive positions in industry.

Van Rensselaer earned bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering and management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as a master of science degree in management from MIT as a Sloan Fellow. He was a charter member of NASA’s Senior Executive Service, earning two of the three highest NASA awards for outstanding management of the Space Shuttle program, and serving in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a liaison to NASA during the Reagan Administration.


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