For Release: June 25, 1998
RELEASE NO. 98-029
Deputy Director Leaves to Accept Post as University
NASA Langley Research Center's deputy director is resigning to
accept a position at Christopher Newport University.
Dr. H. Lee Beach Jr. will leave NASA Langley on July 10 and
start work Aug. 17 as a professor in the Department of Physics,
Computer Science and Engineering.
Beach said he will split his time between Christopher Newport
and the new Applied Research Center, both in Newport News.
"I am really going to miss NASA and Langley and all of my
friends here," he added. "But this is a new opportunity, and I am
looking forward to the challenge."
Beach has bachelor, master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical
engineering from North Carolina State University. His research has
ranged from radiative heat transfer to supersonic combustion ramjet
propulsion. He held positions of increasing responsibility at
Langley and NASA Headquarters until he was named Langley's deputy
director in 1992.
Beach received NASA's Exceptional Service Medals in 1989 and
1992, the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Presidential Rank
Award in 1992, NASA's Exceptional Achievement and Outstanding
Leadership Medals in 1994, and the prestigious Air Breathing
Propulsion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics in 1997.
He has taught graduate-level courses in propulsion at George
Washington University, and fluid mechanics and thermodynamics at
Christopher Newport and North Carolina State.
Beach and his wife, Mary, live in Williamsburg and have three
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