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For Release: March 9, 2001

Pamelia Caswell
Media Relations Office
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Reehorst Heads NASA Glenn's Power and Propulsion Office

Sandra T. Reehorst has been named chief of the Power and Propulsion Office at the NASA Glenn Research Center. The appointment was announced by Donald J. Campbell, director of Glenn.

In her new role, Reehorst is responsible for the power and on-board propulsion technology programs and Glenn's support activities for the International Space Station. Recent work by the office includes co-development of the ion engine now powering the Deep Space 1 craft and several key electrical components including the solar arrays for the Space Station.

According to Center Director Campbell, "Ms. Reehorst has broad, extensive expertise in successfully leading challenging, high visibility aerospace power and propulsion efforts. Her record of meeting commitments and producing superb products from programmatic, technical and business perspectives is exceptional."

Last year, Reehorst was the program development manager for Glenn's Space Directorate, where she was instrumental in forming Glenn's new "bio-initiative," which partners NASA researchers with researchers in the local biomedical community. In 1999, she completed management training program assignments at other NASA centers and at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. For part of that year, she was also deputy chief of the Power and Propulsion Office.

Since 1993, Reehorst lead the Analysis and Management Branch, which coordinates the analysis and testing of components and systems for such missions as the Space Station and the Shuttle Upgrade Program and conducts interplanetary mission planning studies. Earlier, she co-led, and later led, the Photovoltaic Module Integration Branch, which was responsible for the photovoltaic power module, recently installed on the Space Station.

Reehorst came to Glenn in 1985 as an engineer in the Engineering Systems Division supporting the Space Station Freedom Program. From 1976 to 1983, she was employed at the Diamond Shamrock Corp. in several Northeast Ohio facilities and in Alabama, and at Gould Batteries Division in Minnesota.

A 1985 graduate of Cleveland State University with a masters degree in computer and information science, Reehorst earlier received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering also from Cleveland State.

Reehorst, a native Clevelander, lives in Strongsville with her husband, Andy, and their son, Ted.

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A portrait of Ms. Reehorst is available at http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/pressrel/images/sreehorst.jpg.


 

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