For Release: July 13, 2001
James M. Giomini
Media Relations Office
Donald J. Campbell, director of NASA's Glenn Research Center, was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, from Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom. Campbell was nominated for his long and distinguished career in gas turbine engine research and development. A previous honorary graduate of Cranfield University is fellow Ohioan and former astronaut, Neil Armstrong.
Dr. Campbell earned a bachelor of science degree at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, and a master of science degree at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, both in mechanical engineering. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Wilberforce University and Ohio Northern University.
At Glenn, Campbell is responsible for planning, organizing and directing activities that support the goals and missions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He leads nearly 3,500 civil service and contract employees engaged in research, technology and systems development activities including aerospace power, aeropropulsion and microgravity and biomedical science at the 350-acre Cleveland site and the 6400-acre Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.
Before his appointment at Glenn Research Center in January 1994, Campbell gained extensive experience in large and small aircraft propulsion systems, ramjets, aerospace power systems, fuels and lubricants. He served as the senior civilian executive at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. Campbell was the first civilian director of aeronautical propulsion and power technology at that facility since 1928 and at that time only the second civilian to ever serve in that capacity. Additionally, he was the first civilian Director of the Air Force Science and Technology Program in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.
His work over four decades is recognized with the Air Force Systems Command Certificate of Merit, the Meritorious Civil Service Award, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive and Senior Executive Service, and the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society award. Additionally, Campbell received the Affirmative Action Award from the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. In 1998, Mr. Campbell received the Federal Laboratory Director of the Year for Technology Transfer.
Among many professional affiliations, Campbell is a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, Cleveland National Air Show, Great Lakes Science Center, Federal Executive Board, Greater Cleveland Growth Association and the Ohio Technology Action Board.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Dr. Campbell and his wife, Helen, reside in Westlake, OH. They have four children.
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