For Release: Sept. 23, 1996
RELEASE NO. 96-161
JOPLIN NAMED DIRECTOR OF INTERNAL OPERATIONS AT
Sammie D. Joplin has been appointed director of the Internal
Operations Group at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
Joplin had been deputy director of the group since 1994.
Joplin began his NASA career at Langley in 1963. From then until
1970, he was involved in the design of suborbital rocket and
balloon payloads, followed by a 2-year assignment as technical
project engineer on a study to develop a hypersonic research
In 1973, he was assigned to the Rotor Systems Research Aircraft
Project Office and became deputy project manager and vehicle
Joplin transferred to the Facilities Engineering Division as
head of the Mechanical Engineering Section and in 1981 became head
of the Facility Systems Branch.
In 1983, he accepted a 4-month assignment as acting assistant
division chief of the Systems Engineering Division at NASA Ames
Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.
Joplin became assistant chief of the Facilities Engineering
Division at Langley in 1988 and was named chief in 1991. For seven
months in 1993, he served as head of the Facility Study Office to
study future wind tunnel needs.
Joplin has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical
engineering from Mississippi State University and a master of
science degree in administration from George Washington University.
He has a master of science degree in management from the Sloan
Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He and his wife, Gayle, live in Hampton.
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