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NASA’s Langley Research Center names new director

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Stephen G. Jurczyk has been named director of NASA’S Langley Research Center in Hampton. Jurczyk will succeed Lesa Roe who is now NASA’s deputy associate administrator.


Jurczyk has been the center’s acting director since last November when he took over for Roe who was temporarily assigned as the deputy associate administrator of NASA's technical capabilities assessment team. Prior to that he was the center’s deputy director.


Jurczyk began his NASA career at Langley in 1988 as an electronics engineer in the electronic systems branch. From 1994 to 1997, he was the instrument systems engineer and, later, the spacecraft systems manager for the Landsat 7 project at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.


Since returning to Langley in 1997, Jurczyk has served in a variety of roles, including director of systems engineering and director of research and technology.


Jurczyk earned his bachelor and masters of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.


NASA Langley Research Center was created in 1917 as the first civil aeronautics research laboratory in the U.S. Today it has a workforce of almost 3,600 people.


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