NASA NAMES LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER DEPUTY
Roy D. Bridges Jr., Director of NASA's Langley Research Center
(LaRC), Hampton, Va., today named Lesa Roe as Deputy Director.
Roe will assist in the general management of the Center and act
with the authority of the Director in his absence. She will help
plan, organize and direct Center and inter-center activities to
advance research significant to national aerospace programs and
"Lesa Roe's experience base is an outstanding blend of
educational, technical and leadership qualifications," Bridges
said. "She has a broad perspective gained from working at multiple
NASA centers, and she has considerable insight into the issues that
face Langley. I am thrilled to have her as my partner in leading
Langley during these exciting times," he said.
Roe has served as LaRC Associate Director for Business
Management since August 2003. She was responsible for business
functions and provided leadership in the development, evaluation
and recommendation of new or modified business objectives.
NASA's Deputy Administrator Frederick Gregory said, "Lesa is a
great addition to the Langley leadership team. Her diverse
background, management skills and business acumen will be
invaluable as we work toward return to flight and to implement the
Vision for Space Exploration."
Roe has more than 18 years experience in engineering, technical
and managerial positions, working for both government and private
industry. Her background includes four years International Space
Station Program Management; nine years experience in Technical
Management and Project Engineering; and five years experience in
Radio Frequency Communications Test and Payload Systems
Roe started her engineering career performing satellite
communications analysis for Hughes Space and Communications in El
She began her NASA career at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.,
in 1987 as a radio frequency communications engineer in the Space
Shuttle Engineering Directorate. From 1990 through 1999, Roe
successfully managed the processing and launch of multiple payloads
through the KSC Payload Processing Directorate and International
Space Station (ISS) Hardware Integration Office.
From 1999 through 2003, she managed the ISS Payloads Office at
Johnson Space Center, Houston. She was responsible for development,
integration, and on-orbit operations of ISS research and technology
Roe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical
engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., in
1986 and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from
the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in 1991. She completed
executive management programs at Harvard University, the University
of Michigan and Smith College.
She received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Superior
Accomplishment Award and a NASA Continuous Improvement Award.
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