Image left: Dr. J. Victor Lebacqz, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
Associate Administrator for Aeronautics
Dr. J. Victor Lebacqz
Dr. J. Victor Lebacqz is the Associate Administrator, Office of Aeronautics, which was previously known as the Office of Aerospace Technology. He served as Acting Associate Administrator of the Office of Aerospace Technology since July 2003. He was appointed as Deputy Associate Administrator in December 2002.
In this position, he has overall technical, programmatic, and personnel management responsibility for all aeronautics research and development within the agency. The programmatic activities are funded by approximately a $1 Billion/year budget that supports NASA programs, which are performed at the four aeronautics research centers of Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.; Glenn Research Center, Cleveland; and Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
Before accepting the position at NASA Headquarters, Dr. Lebacqz was the Associate Center Director for Aerospace Programs at NASA's Ames Research Center, a position he held since June 2002. In this position, he had overall management responsibility for the conduct of programs led by Ames for the Office of Aerospace Technology within NASA. These programs included Airspace Systems; Rotorcraft; Computing, Information, and Communications Technology; and Engineering for Complex Systems. They had a combined value of approximately $250M per year.
In 1978, Dr. Lebacqz left the Calspan Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., where he was Head, Flight Control Section, to begin his federal career at Ames as an aerospace engineer conducting flight and simulation research. Since then, he has held a variety of Ames management positions including Chief of Flight Dynamics and Controls Branch; Chief of Flight Management and Human Factors Division; and Director of Aviation System Capacity Program and the Aerospace Operations Systems Programs.
Dr. Lebacqz graduated from Princeton University with bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in aeronautical engineering. He is the author or co-author of over 50 technical reports, articles, or papers, was a member of the American Helicopter Society, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dr. Lebacqz has received two individual NASA Special Achievement Awards, five NASA Group Achievement Awards, two NASA Ames Honor Awards (for excellence in supervision and for mentoring), the US Army Aero Flight Dynamics Directorate Director's Award for Interagency Cooperation, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals.