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For Release: Aug. 12, 1998

Catherine E. Watson
(757) 864-6122

RELEASE NO. 98-072


Sawyer Named Deputy Director of NASA Langley

Wallace C. Sawyer has been named deputy director of NASA Langley Research Center, effective Aug. 17. Sawyer was director of the NASA High-Speed Research Program (HSR) before this appointment.

"Wally has a proven track record of outstanding contributions in all his assignments and, most recently, has provided exemplary leadership of the inter-center High-Speed Research program," said Dr. Jeremiah F. Creedon, director of NASA Langley. "I am looking forward to working with him both in the Center's current activities and in preparing Langley for the 21st century."

Sawyer began his career at Langley in 1965 as an aerospace engineer. He has served as the chief of Langley's Advanced Vehicles Division and as acting deputy director of Aeronautics. As deputy director of the Langley Aeronautics Program Group, Sawyer was responsible for strategic planning, advocating for resources, maintaining external and internal customer interfaces, and coordinating aeronautical systems analysis studies. Sawyer's other positions included an assignment at NASA Headquarters as acting deputy director of Aeronautics for High-Performance Aircraft.

Sawyer has a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Elon College in North Carolina, and has done graduate work in physics at the College of William and Mary and engineering management at George Washington University.

Sawyer is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is the author/co-author of 45 technical publications and a chapter in a technical textbook.

Sawyer and his wife, Rae, live in Kilmarnock, Va. They have a son, Greg, and a daughter, Kirsten.

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