Michael Epstein, a longtime resident of the Venice and Marina del Rey area, has assumed leadership of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-West, operated by the Aerospace Corporation for the National Institute of Justice in El Segundo.

Epstein advances from senior project engineer to principal director. He replaces Dr. Robert J. Waldron Jr., who has retired from the company.

The Aerospace Corporation, based in El Segundo, is an independent nonprofit company that provides objective technical analyses and assessments for national security space programs and selected civil and commercial space programs in the national interest.