WASHINGTON - Jaiwon Shin has been named as NASA's associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington.
As the associate administrator, Shin will be responsible for managing the agency's aeronautics research portfolio and guiding its strategic direction. This portfolio includes research in the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety and the nation's airspace system. Prior to this appointment, Shin served as the deputy associate administrator for aeronautics.
"Jaiwon brings expert knowledge of aeronautics and technology to a critical position at NASA," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said. "He's helped develop the aeronautics research roadmap for the 21st century. His leadership of the directorate will assure our continued recognition as the world's premiere aeronautics research organization."
Before coming to NASA Headquarters in 2004, Shin served as chief of the aeronautics projects office at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. In this position, he had management responsibility for all aeronautics projects managed at the center. Prior to that, he was the deputy director of aeronautics at the center, providing executive leadership for the planning and implementation of the aeronautics program at Glenn.
Between 1998 and 2002, Shin served as chief of the Aviation Safety Program Office as well as the deputy program manager for NASA's Aviation Safety Program and Airspace Systems Program. He assisted the program managers at Langley Research Center with program-wide planning and research management. He has extensive experience in high speed research and icing, and has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical and journal papers.
"I am honored to have been chosen for this position and look forward to building on the strong foundation that my predecessor, Lisa Porter, established for NASA aeronautics," Shin said. "NASA's aeronautics programs develop the concepts, tools, methods and technologies that address many of the challenges faced by our nation in air traffic management, safety and the environment. We will continue our commitment to meet these challenges through technical excellence, integrity and strong partnerships with other government agencies, industry and academia."
Dr. Shin received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg. His bachelor's degree is from Yonsei University in Korea and his master's degree is in mechanical engineering from the California State University, Long Beach. His honors include NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, a NASA Group Achievement Award, Lewis Superior Accomplishment Award, three Lewis Group Achievement Awards, and an Air Force Team Award. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellowship Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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