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Francis X. (Frank) Durso
Former Director of Facilities Engineering, Engineering Development Directorate


Frank Durso is retiring on January 3, l997 after over 39 years of continuous U.S. Government Federal Civil Service. He will be retiring from the Senior Executive Service position of Director of Facilities Engineering at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, which he has held since July 3, l995. 

Mr. Durso is a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Nebraska and New Jersey. He is the recipient of a Presidential Management Certificate for excellence in improving Government operations, a NASA Special Achievement Award for sustained superior performance, and a NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 1991. 

Mr. Durso started his career in 1958 as an Electrical Engineer in the Base Civil Engineer’s office at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. He joined NASA in 1962 as a Facilitates Engineer, designing industrial and research-type facilities for the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Mr. Durso transferred to NASA Headquarters in 1973 where he became the Chief of the Utilities Energy Management Branch. In this capacity, he guided the Agency through the energy crisis of the 70’s. In l982 he was placed in charge of the Facilities Planning and Projects Office at NASA Headquarters, where he orchestrated NASA’s major facilities construction programs for 13 years. 

In a parallel career, Mr. Durso rose through the ranks of the United States Air National Guard to become the commander of a Regional Wartime Construction Management organization. He is presently a retired United State Air Force full Colonel. 

Mr. Durso and his wife Kathleen live on Merritt Island, Florida and have two daughters, Elena and Andrea.

February 1997

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