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01-071
For Release: September 5, 2001

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office
216/433-2901

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
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Lori.J.Rachul@nasa.gov


Two Selected for Key Positions at NASA Glenn

Two new appointments within NASA Glenn Research Center's Senior Executive Service, the most prestigious layer of federal employment, will bolster the Center's reputation as the Agency's Center of Excellence for aeropropulsion and turbomachinery with the extensive experience they bring to the positions.

Dr. Arun K. Sehra has been named director of Glenn's Aeronautics Directorate and Dr. Gary T. Seng has been named director of Glenn's Aeropropulsion Research Program Office.

"These men meet and exceed the high expectations required of Glenn's senior staff," said Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "They will help lead the Center in future partnerships with industry and other end-users who can benefit from the cutting-edge aerospace research that we perform."

In his new position, Sehra is responsible for leading, planning and advocating Glenn's Aeronautics Program, including future propulsion technologies. The Directorate plans and manages research activities in cleaner burning engines, quieter engines, improved airport communications as well as develops low-cost access-to-space propulsion systems. Previous to joining Glenn as Deputy Director of Aeronautics in 1998, Sehra worked for over 20 years in the U.S. aeropropulsion industry where he was responsible for developing high-performance propulsion system components.

Sehra earned a doctorate in aero-propulsion from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., and a masters in aeronautical engineering from Indian Institute of Science, India. He is also well known internationally for his numerous publications on turbomachinery aerodynamics, design methodology, and advanced design concepts. He is a long-standing member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Sehra and his wife, Promila, reside in Sheffield Village, Ohio. They have two adult children.

Seng will utilize his technical expertise to benefit this office, which strives to maintain the superiority of U.S. engines by ensuring long-term environmental compatibility of engine systems and improving their safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. His focus will be on Glenn's delivery of breakthrough propulsion technologies through high-risk, high-payoff research and technology development that advances multi-disciplinary propulsion technologies. Seng will also function as the Propulsion Systems Program Manager for NASA's Aeronautics Base Research and Technology. Previously, he served as Glenn's acting chief for the High Speed Systems Office.

Seng earned a bachelor in chemistry from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. His areas of expertise include R&T project management, alternative fuels, chemical instrumentation, controls hardware, sensors and electronic materials. Seng has authored a number of technical papers in fuels research and sensors technology. He is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Chemical Society. Seng and his wife, Leslie, reside in Olmsted Township, Ohio. They have three children.

Note to Editors Portraits of Drs. Sehra and Seng are available at:
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