Nick Van Der Wende is the group supervisor for Product Leads who design and operate custom engineering applications at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Nick had started at JPL as a graduate intern helping manage residual flight hardware and working on small IT projects. In his 18 years of service at JPL Nick has supervised multiple groups, sat on advisory boards and led many IT projects and
process improvement initiatives.
Nick’s community service started in the Boy Scouts where he routinely helped in his local community and completed a community safety project for is Eagle Scout project. Nick continued serving the community in college through his Fraternity sponsoring awareness and fundraising for Phi Delta Theta’s fight against ALS. Nick has also volunteered to various organizations and events: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Beach Clean-ups, Adopt-A-Highway, and Gentle Barn to name a few. Nick enjoys enhancing the lives of others through service in whatever capacity he can. Currently he also serves at his children’s daycare as the Child Education Center’s Parent Council Co-Chair in addition to his service as a Board Member of Operation Project HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday.)