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Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-3937 or 604-9000

May 18, 2005
NASA Administrator to Visit Ames Research Center
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will visit NASA Ames Research Center on Monday, May 23. Reporters are invited to meet the new administrator and participate in a media opportunity at 1 p.m. PDT in the NASA Exploration Center, located adjacent to the Moffett Field main gate.

News media do not have to obtain visitor badges, since the Exploration Center is located outside of the main gate. To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit from U.S. Highway 101, drive east towards the main gate and turn right towards the big white tent, the NASA Exploration Center.

Griffin was sworn in as NASA’s 11th administrator on April 14, 2005. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 14, 2005, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate April 13.

Griffin returns to NASA where he previously served as chief engineer and associate administrator for exploration at NASA Headquarters. He also worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Prior to his appointment as administrator, Griffin was serving as space department head at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc., and has held several positions within Orbital Sciences Corporation, including chief executive officer of Magellan Systems, Inc.

Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Johns Hopkins; a master’s degree in aerospace science from Catholic University of America; a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland; a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California; a master’s degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins; a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College; and a master’s degree in civil engineering from George Washington University.

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