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Press Release 94-01
 
 
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Marilyn S. Edwards
(Bus: 216/433-2899)

NASA Administrator Announces Management Changes

CLEVELAND, OH -- NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced today that Donald J. Campbell has been appointed director of the Lewis Research Center and Lawrence J. Ross has been appointed as director of the Wind Tunnel Program Office, reporting directly to the Office of the Administrator.

Campbell currently serves as director of Science and Technology in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C., an appointment he has held since April 1992. He was responsible for monitoring the Air Force science and technology program, and other selected research, development, technology and engineering programs.

Campbell earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master's degree in the same subject in 1974 from Ohio State University. He has completed several management courses at the Brookings Institute. He began his government career in July 1960 as a test engineer for gas turbine engines and engine components in the Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He worked as a project engineer and later as a program manager for advanced air breathing propulsion systems.

Campbell has extensive experience in large and small aircraft propulsion systems, ramjet engines, aerospace power systems and fuels and lubricants. He was appointed director of the Aero Propulsion and Power Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in January 1990. He served as the senior civilian executive of the laboratory, responsible for power and propulsion research and development technology activities for future Air Force systems. Campbell was the first civilian director of aeronautics propulsion and power technology since 1928 and only the second civilian to serve in that capacity. He is a native of Ohio.

"Under Mr. Campbell's direction, the Lewis Research Center will fulfill a vital need as the nation's Center of Excellence for advanced air breathing propulsion systems in support of America's aeronautics industry," Goldin said.

Lawrence J. Ross, formerly director of the Lewis Research Center, has been appointed as the director of the Wind Tunnel Program Office, reporting to the Office of the Administrator. Goldin said that NASA's test facilities are "critical to the country's aeronautics research program and the retention of America's leadership in aeronautics. The aeronautics industry accounts for a million high-quality jobs throughout the United States." Ross, he said, "will be responsible for laying out a bold and innovative facility program to support the research needed for the next two decades."

Ross had served as director of the Lewis Research Center since July 1990. He joined Lewis in 1963 upon graduation from Manhattan College in New York, with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. His initial assignments included design and test engineering activities related to the Centaur upper stage launch vehicle. In 1974, as Titan/Centaur Manager, he completed the development of the Titan/Centaur and directed the launch of two Viking spacecraft to Mars.

Ross later, had management responsibility for the operation of the Atlas/Centaur launch vehicle; management of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite Project; projects to advance science through experimentation in space; and advanced studies related to space missions. In 1987 he was named deputy director of the Lewis Research Center. In this capacity he shared responsibilities for all the work carried out by the Center.

Ross has undertaken, from time to time, special assignments for the Agency at the request of NASA Headquarters. These assignments included directing the investigation into the failure of a Delta launch vehicle in 1986; chairing a study on the preferred management approaches for the Space Station Freedom program; assessing the feasibility of an unmanned flight test of the shuttle solid rocket booster; and assessing alternative locations for the Advanced Solid Rocket Motor production facility.

Ross has received numerous awards including: the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service; NASA Exceptional Service Metal; NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership; and the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service. The latter award was received in 1981 and again in 1989.

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