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Nov. 26, 2002

Michael Mewhinney                                                                           
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.                           
Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000
E-mail: mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 02-124AR

NASA NAMES DEPUTY HEAD OF AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY


Dr. J. Victor Lebacqz, associate director for aerospace programs at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., has been named deputy associate administrator for the Office of Aerospace Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

The announcement was made by Dr. Jeremiah Creedon, associate administrator for aerospace technology, who said of his new deputy: “Vic brings a wealth of aerospace experience to the enterprise that will certainly be an asset as NASA moves toward implementing its Blueprint for Aeronautics and the new Integrated Space Transportation Plan.”

“I hate to lose Vic from Ames,” said NASA Ames Director G. Scott Hubbard. “In his new role at NASA Headquarters, he will be a real asset to the agency, especially at this critical time. Vic has been at NASA Ames for 24 years and has made major contributions to our aerospace programs. He will be missed.”

In his new position as deputy associate administrator, Lebacqz will assist Creedon in developing integrated, long-term, innovative agency-level technology for aeronautics and space. Lebacqz will also assist in developing new commercial partnerships that exploit technology breakthroughs.

“NASA Ames is like a big family to me and it’s going to be really hard to leave,” said Lebacqz. “However, I am excited by the challenges afforded by the new position at NASA Headquarters and I look forward to working with Jerry Creedon as his deputy.”

Lebacqz began his federal career in 1978 as an aerospace engineer conducting flight and simulation research at Ames. Since then, he has held a variety of NASA Ames management positions including chief of Flight Dynamics and Controls Branch; chief of Flight Management and Human Factors Division; and director of Aviation System Capacity Program and the Aerospace Operations Systems Program.

Lebacqz is a recipient of NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, a number of NASA Group Achievement Awards and two Ames Honor Awards.

He received bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University.

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