Stephen G. Jurczyk was named director of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., on April 28, 2014.
He succeedes Lesa Roe who served in that capacity since October 2005. Jurczyk served as the acting center director since November 2013.
"I am honored to lead such an outstanding organization and look forward to the opportunity," said Jurczyk. "I want to thank Lesa Roe for her exceptional leadership of the center for nearly nine years, and look forward to working with her in her new position as NASA's deputy associate administrator."
Jurczyk began his NASA career at Langley in 1988 as an electronics engineer in the electronic systems branch. On detail to NASA Headquarters, he managed the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission and formulated the technology development strategy for the Earth Science Enterprise. From 1994 to 1997, he was the instrument systems engineer and, later, the spacecraft systems manager for the Landsat 7 project at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
He returned to Langley in 1997 to serve in a variety of leadership positions, including director of systems engineering, director of research and technology, ultimately being selected by Roe in January 2006 to serve as the center's deputy director.
Jurczyk holds bachelor and masters of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia. He's married, has two daughters, and lives in Williamsburg, Va.