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NASA Dryden Center Director Biography: Isaac T. Gillam IV
April 29, 2014

Isaac T. Gillam IVIsaac T. Gillam IV
Center Director
June 7, 1978 - October 1, 1981
Acting Director
October 31, 1977 - June 7, 1978

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Isaac T. Gillam IV was the Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center, NASA's major field Center for the flight testing of high speed aircraft and experimental vehicles.

Appointed Director in June 1978, he served previously as Acting Director from November 1977. Prior to that he was Deputy Director of the Center.

In 1976, Gillam was appointed Director of Shuttle Operations at Dryden and served in that position during the approach and landing tests of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

He first joined NASA in 1963 as a Resources Management Specialist. In 1966, he was appointed Assistant Program Manager for the Delta Launch Vehicle Program and in 1968, he became Delta Program Manager. In 1973, he was appointed Program Manager, Small Launch Vehicles, and International Projects, which included the Delta and Scout Launch Vehicles and numerous international cooperative and reimbursable projects with the European Space Agency, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, etc.

Gillam graduated from Howard University Washington, D.C., in 1953. He was presented a 1981 Alumni Award from Howard University for his post graduate achievements in the fields of Space Science and Engineering. Upon graduation from Howard University in 1953, Gillam was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as a pilot. During his ten years of service in the Air Force, he served as a Missile Launch Crew Commander for the Strategic Air Command and as an Assistant Professor of Air Science in the Air Force ROTC program at the Tennessee State University, where he pursued graduate studies.

Gillam is a fellow of the American Astronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the Air Force Association, the National Defense Preparedness Association, and the American Management Association. Among numerous other awards, he has received NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, for his work on the Launch Vehicle Program.

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