2018 Forum programme

Mr. Victor D. Sparrow
Mr. Victor D. Sparrow

Director, Spectrum Policy and Planning
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA
USA

Biography

Mr. Sparrow is currently the Director, Spectrum Policy and Planning Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Mr. Sparrow joined NASA in October 2009. Mr. Sparrow, in this capacity, is the principal advisor to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations for spectrum policy and planning.

Prior to NASA, Mr. Sparrow served as the Deputy Director, and Director (Acting), for Spectrum Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration, OASD(NII) - 1997 to 2008, as the principal advisor to the ASD(NII) for spectrum and electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) policy.

From 2008-2009, Mr. Sparrow was employed with the ITT Corporation as a senior engineering manager. Mr. Sparrow’s duties included providing senior policy and strategic expertise to the OASD(NII) and the Defense Spectrum Organization.

His professional experience includes thirty-two years of Federal civilian service - eleven years with the National Communications Systems (NCS), eleven with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and ten with NASA.

Mr. Sparrow’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Arts in Telecommunications from HowardUniversity and the George Washington University respectively. Mr. Sparrow also received a Masters of Science degree from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Sparrow is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.

Mr. Sparrow’s professional experience includes an assignment on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.