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Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216-433-8806
Lori.J.Rachul@nasa.gov

October 24, 2006
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : 06-061
 
 
NASA Center Director and Michigan Native To Visit Lansing
 
 
On Thursday, October 26, at 2 p.m. NASA Glenn Research Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr., will hold a media roundtable with Lansing area news media at the Impression 5 Science Center at 200 Museum Dr.

Whitlow, a native of Inkster, Mich., will be stopping in Lansing between visiting two NASA Explorer Schools in Michigan, Mt. Pleasant and Jackson, where he will share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers. During his visit in Lansing, Whitlow will talk with reporters about NASA's Constellation Program, which is developing new spacecraft and support systems that will return Americans to the moon and later take them to Mars and other destinations in the solar system; space flight research and development; accomplishments in aeronautics; and NASA efforts in Michigan.

To participate in the roundtable, media representative should contact Lori Rachul at 216-433-8806 or 216-509-1071 by 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 25.

Appointed to his position effective December 25, 2005, Whitlow is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities required to accomplish the missions assigned to the Center. While managing an annual budget of approximately $600 million, he oversees a workforce of close to 1700 civil service employees that is supported by approximately 1400 contractors.

Prior to his appointment as Center Director, Whitlow served as the deputy director of the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center. He also served as the director of Research and Technology at the Glenn Research Center. He began his professional career as a research scientist at the NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia.

Whitlow graduated from Inkster High School and earned his bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For information about NASA Glenn Research Center on the Web, visit:

http://www.grc.nasa.gov

 

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