NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden has appointed David D. McBride as director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. McBride had been serving as acting director of NASA Dryden since April 4, 2009 following the retirement of former Dryden center director Kevin L. Petersen.
"David has done a terrific job as the acting Dryden director, and I am pleased he will be continuing as director," Bolden said. "David's expertise, leadership and flight research acumen will benefit NASA and the entire aerospace community."
As center director, McBride directs all aspects of facility management, strategy and operations at Dryden, one of NASA's 10 field centers. He is responsible for overseeing the complete portfolio of Dryden projects supporting NASA's space exploration and operations, science and aeronautics.
McBride had previously served as Dryden's deputy director since June 2008, first in an acting capacity and subsequently receiving the official appointment in January 2009. His prior management assignments at NASA Dryden included serving as Associate Director for Programs and as program manager for NASA's Flight Research Program, which conducted flight research and discovery that expanded aerospace knowledge and capabilities.
McBride's prior technical assignments include responsibilities as chief engineer for the X-33 Extended Test Range, and lead flight systems engineer for the X-31 and X-29 flight research programs and Dryden's F/A-18 Systems Research Aircraft.
McBride began his career at Dryden as a cooperative education student in 1982, specializing in the area of digital flight control systems analysis. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1985 and an executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico in 1998.
For more information about NASA Dryden and its research projects, visit: www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden
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