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For release: 06/24/04
Release #: 04-171  

NASA’s Marshall Center Deputy Director Rex Geveden receives AIAA's Holger Toftoy Award for outstanding technical management

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Rex Geveden, deputy director of NASA's Marshall Center has been honored by the Alabama-Mississippi Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his contributions to science, aerospace engineering and technical management. Geveden received the 2003-2004 Holger Toftoy Award at a recent ceremony in Huntsville.

Photo: Geveden (NASA/MSFC)


Rex Geveden, deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been honored by the Alabama-Mississippi Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his contributions to science, aerospace engineering and technical management.

Geveden received the 2003-2004 Holger Toftoy Award at a recent ceremony in Huntsville . Named for the late U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Holger Toftoy, former deputy commanding general of the Army Ordnance Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, the award recognizes outstanding technical management by a section member in aeronautics and astronautics. The AIAA— the world's largest professional society devoted to the advancement of aviation, space and defense, has more than 1,000 members in Alabama and Mississippi . The Alabama-Mississippi Section supports engineering scholarship and education programs and provides professional development for members.

A native of Mayfield, Ky., Geveden was named deputy director of the Marshall Center in July 2003, where he shares responsibility for one of NASA's largest field installations with more than 6,500 civil service and contract employees and a $2.3 billion annual budget. He previously served as deputy director of Marshall 's Science Directorate, leading research and development projects in space science, materials science, biotechnology, Earth science and space optics. He also led NASA's Gravity Probe B program, steering development of sophisticated hardware designed to test two features of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The hardware was successfully launched in April and is now transitioning into the science phase of the mission.

Geveden also was project manager for several other successful NASA efforts, including the Optical Transient Detector and Lightning Imaging Sensor Earth-orbiting satellites, which produced data for the world's first global map of lightning. He also served as chief engineer for the Waves in Space Plasmas project, a study which involved the measurement of the characteristic frequencies of plasma, the form of matter which comprises more than 99 percent of the visible universe.

As manager of the Microgravity Science and Applications Department at Marshall, Geveden led a team of 350 scientists in research to develop safer and more cost-effective materials for future missions and investigations into the reaction of chemicals in a microgravity environment. His organization delivered many of the early payloads to the International Space Station.

Since joining NASA in 1990, Geveden has received numerous agency awards, including the Outstanding Leadership Medal — awarded annually for notably outstanding leadership that has had a pronounced effect on the technical or administrative programs of NASA; and the Silver Snoopy Award, which is presented for outstanding performance contributing to flight safety and mission success.

Geveden graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., with a bachelor's degree in engineering physics and a master's in physics. Geveden was recently honored as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus by his alma mater in recognition of alumni who have made significant contributions to their profession on a national, state and local level. He and his wife, the former Gail Reddick of Bardwell, Ky., live in Madison, Ala. They have two children.

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