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03-005
For Release: January 24, 2003

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
216/433-2406
katherine.martin@nasa.gov


Anita Liang Named to Senior Executive Service Position

Anita D. Liang has been appointed to the U. S. government's Senior Executive Service as chief of the Aeropropulsion Projects Office at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland.

In this position, Liang is responsible for the management, execution and implementation of all projects at Glenn related to aeropropulsion advancements for future propulsion and power systems. Ms. Liang has also been appointed Glenn's focal point for the integration and coordination of all aerospace fuel cell efforts. In this capacity, she is responsible for the planning, advocacy and communication of NASA Glenn aerospace fuel cell activities, addressing U.S. energy security and efficiency challenges.

"As a key contributor to the aeropropulsion community, Anita continually strives for a high performing and balanced workforce and is widely recognized for her open communications," said Glenn Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "Our Center has become a key player in planning an aerospace fuel cell initiative primarily due to Anita's leadership. This effort may lead to an aircraft with no emissions and would also help revitalize Ohio's economy."

Prior to this appointment, Liang served as Acting Chief of the Aeropropulsion Project Office since 1999 and was selected as the Deputy Chief of the Subsonic Systems Office in 1997. She joined Glenn in 1989 as the Earth-to-Orbit Program Manager and assumed steadily increasing responsibilities for inter-Center coordination, program execution advocacy and identifying future propulsion opportunities. Liang began her professional career at Babcock and Wilcox in 1981 as a research and project engineer.

Liang earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She has also received several NASA honors, including the Medal for Exceptional Achievement and the Space Flight Awareness Award.

Liang resides in Strongsville, Ohio.

A print-quality portrait of Liang is available online:

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/pressrel/2003/03-005addm.html

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