NASA announced today the appointment of Richard J. Gilbrech as associate director of John C. Stennis Space Center.
A graduate of Mississippi State University in Starkville, Gilbrech began his NASA career at Stennis in 1991. After holding several positions at the south Mississippi rocket engine testing facility and at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., Gilbrech was named director at Stennis in January 2006.
He served in that position until August 2007, when he was appointed associate administrator for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, the division charged with designing the agency's next generation of manned spacecraft.
Last November, Gilbrech announced his retirement from that headquarters post. With the new appointment, Gilbrech will return to Stennis in early May.
"Rick's experience and devotion to NASA will certainly prove to be invaluable to Stennis and the agency," Stennis director Gene Goldman said. "I solicit your support in welcoming Rick back to the Stennis family."
The Stennis facility is NASA's primary testing ground for rocket engines and propulsion systems. The facility has been responsible for testing all of the engines used in manned Apollo flights and in space shuttle missions. It also has been charged with testing the new J-2X engines that will be used in NASA's Constellation Program to help carry humans back to the moon and possibly beyond.
For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/.
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