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Mary Ann Peto
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NASA Lewis Research Center Deputy Director Named Ohio Aerospace Institute Chief Scientist

Cleveland, OH -- Dr. J. Stuart Fordyce, Deputy Director of NASA's Lewis Research Center has been appointed Chief Scientist at the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) effective September 18. OAI is a private, non-profit consortium of nine Ohio universities, Lewis Research Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and private companies. Established in 1989, the Institute is committed to enhancing Ohio and U.S. competitiveness through research, education and the adaptation of advanced technology.

In his new position, Fordyce will report directly to the Institute's President, Dr. Michael J. Salkind, and will work to develop opportunities for collaborative research projects, technology transfer initiatives and educational programs.

"Fordyce's impressive capabilities will help OAI build on its strengths in facilitating technology advancement" said Salkind. "In addition, his technical expertise will be a valuable resource for OAI's many diverse programs."

"Dr. Fordyce has made outstanding contributions to the nation's aerospace effort," added Dr. Wesley L. Harris, NASA Associate Administrator for Aeronautics. "He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new position."

Fordyce has served as deputy director of Lewis since 1991 and has shared responsibility for management of all the work carried out by the Center. He joined Lewis in 1966 after eight years in private industry. Born in London, England, he received his A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While at Lewis, Fordyce has held a series of managerial positions including: Director of Aerospace Technology; Chief, Space Power Technology Division; and Chief, Electrochemistry Branch. Over the years, he has directed the Center's efforts in aeropropulsion materials and structures; space power and propulsion; communications and advanced electronics technologies; energy technology; and microgravity materials science. His technical career has been devoted to advancing energy conversion technologies. He is the author or co-author of more than 35 technical reports and articles.

Fordyce has received numerous awards including: NASA's Exceptional Service Medal; Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive; and NASA's Medal for Outstanding Leadership. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of many other professional organizations. Fordyce has been a special lecturer for the International Space University and was named as Distinguished Space Technology Lecturer by Columbia University. He is listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's Who in Government.

OAI is located adjacent to the Lewis Research Center.

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