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Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office

August 25, 2006
RELEASE : 06-047
Dr. Jih-Fen Lei Named Director of Research and Technology at Glenn
Glenn Research Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. recently named Dr. Jih-Fen Lei as the new director of Research and Technology.

She leads a staff of 500 civil service employees conducting advanced research in power and electric propulsion, high temperature materials and structures, communications technology, instrumentation and control, propulsion systems, microgravity science and biotechnology.

Lei succeeds Dr. Theo G. Keith Jr. who retired from the University of Toledo thus ending his Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment with NASA.

Since joining Glenn in 1998, Lei has served as chief of Glenn's Instrumentation and Controls Division, project manager of the Nanotechnology Project under NASA's Propulsion and Power Base Program, and chief of Glenn's Sensor and Electronics Technology Branch. Lei became deputy director of Glenn's Research and Technology Directorate in 2003.

"Jih-Fen will be a superb asset to our senior management team," said Whitlow. "Her technical expertise and leadership abilities will help this Center stand ready to meet the Nation's aeronautics and space goals."

Lei earned her bachelor's degree in physics from National Tsing-Hwa University, Taiwan, and her doctorate in material science and engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Government's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. Lei has authored or co-authored over 95 publications, given over 50 talks at various national and international technical conferences and received numerous awards including three R&D 100 Awards.

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