For Release: Sept. 23, 1996
RELEASE NO. 96-160
HESSENIUS NAMED ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF NASA LANGLEY
Dr. Kristin A. Hessenius has been named associate director of
NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Since 1993, Hessenius
had served as director of the Internal Operations Group at NASA
Hessenius began her NASA career at Ames Research Center in
Mountain View, Calif., in 1979 as a researcher and then manager in
applied computational fluid dynamics. While at Ames she also served
as deputy director of aerophysics, and acting associate director of
In April 1990, Hessenius moved to NASA Headquarters in
Washington, D.C., as deputy director of the Aerodynamics Division.
Later she served as director of the Aeronautical Research Division
and as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics.
Hessenius also served on the Presidential Transition Team during
the Bush-Clinton transition, examining science and technology
agencies within the government.
She graduated summa cum laude with bachelor of science degree
from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1979, where she
was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. She earned a
master's degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from
Stanford in 1986.
Hessenius, who specialized in computational fluid dynamics, is
the author or co-author of numerous technical publications. She is
an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
In 1990, she received the William A. Jump Memorial Foundation
Award for exemplary service in public administration. In 1992, she
was one of 10 women honored by the National Aviation Club for
outstanding contributions to aviation. In 1994, she received the
Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.
She and her husband, Robert Brodowski, live in Yorktown.
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