The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) selected Dr Virendra Jha for the Emil Memorial Award of 2015 for his outstanding contribution to global space activities.
This is the most prestigious international space award given by IAF – which represents all the world’s space organizations including private space industries, various government space agencies and universities, covering more than 500 space organizations in the world – to one person every year. Dr. Jha is only the second person ever chosen from Canada to have received this award.
Dr. Jha has over 42 years of experience in the Canadian Space Program covering both the private as well as the public sectors.
He joined the Aerospace group of RCA Limited Montreal in 1972. In subsequent years, he was appointed Director of Engineering at Spar Aerospace (currently known as MDA) in Montreal, where he was responsible for all the engineering design activities related to space hardware and satellites built by Spar.
He joined the Canadian Space Agency in 1991 as a Director. Subsequently, he was promoted to the position of Director General, Space Technologies Sector.
He was appointed Vice President responsible for all the technical programs of the Canadian Space Agency and also served as the acting President of the Canadian Space Agency. He is an internationally recognized figure in the area of space which is reflected through his participation in many panels and committees and the awards and recognitions he has received. Dr. Jha is active within the Indo-Canadian community, working as a volunteer in several organizations.Posted: Dec 1, 2015