For Release: July 22, 2002
Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
Dr. Julian M. Earls has been selected as the new Deputy Director of NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland. His appointment, announced by NASA Glenn Director Donald J. Campbell, became effective July 14, 2002.
"Julian has been a dedicated and enthusiastic change agent for the Agency," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe.
Earls had been serving as Deputy Director for Operations and the Acting Director of Acquisition at Glenn since September 1995.
"Julian is an invaluable asset to Glenn and the Agency," said Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "His devotion to the Center and its employees is demonstrated not only through his technical and leadership abilities, but also through his interaction with and development of employees and his noteworthy contributions to the community."
In his new position as Deputy Director, Earls will share with the Glenn Director responsibility for planning, organizing and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the Center. Glenn is engaged in research, technology and systems development programs in aeronautical propulsion, space propulsion, space power, space communications and microgravity sciences in combustion and fluid physics.
Earls began his NASA career at Glenn in 1965 as a physicist. At the age of 25, he became the youngest Section Head in the history of Glenn. He was also the first Black employee to serve as Office Chief, Division Chief, and Director Of in the Center's history.
Earls earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Norfolk State University, his master's degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and his doctorate degree in radiation physics from the University of Michigan. His doctoral thesis was titled "Radiation Protection Guides for Long Range Space Missions: Radiological Health Aspects of Fabricating Operations with Thoriated Metals." He also earned the equivalent of a second master's degree in environmental health from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development. In addition, he was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by the College of Aeronautics in New York and the Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
He is the author of 27 publications, both technical and non-technical. In addition, he wrote the first health physics guides used at NASA. He has twice been awarded NASA medals for exceptional achievement and outstanding leadership. He also received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.
Earls resides in Beachwood, Ohio.
Print quality photo of Earls is available online: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/pressrel/2002/02-055addm.html
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