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RELEASE : 07-013
Glenn Deputy Director Richard S. Christiansen to Retire
Cleveland -- Richard S. Christiansen, deputy director of NASA's Glenn Research Center, will retire today after more than 27 years of government service.

Christiansen served as the Deputy Director since November 16, 2003 and shared responsibility with the Center Director for planning, organizing and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the center.

During his time at NASA Glenn, he led the efforts in formulating and implementing a strategy to secure a better position for the center and was instrumental in building partnerships throughout the agency and with the space flight centers, resulting in significant roles for the center in exploration.

"I have known Rich since very early in our careers and always have valued his advice and counsel over the years," said NASA Glenn Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. "We have had the opportunity to work on many projects for the agency and have impacted NASA's directions on several fronts. At Glenn, he has been instrumental in changing the culture of the center and in helping to define a role in the area of spaceflight systems development while ensuring excellence in aeronautics and space research."

Prior to his assignment as Deputy Director, Christiansen served as the Associate Director for Planning at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. He was responsible for overseeing the development of the center's long-range strategic management plan and creating a vision for the future of flight research.

Christiansen began his career with NASA in 1980 at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., where he was responsible for conducting systems analysis and large-scale aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnel tests of subsonic vertical or short take-off and landing concepts.

He has held increasingly responsible positions during his NASA career. Christiansen served as director of Programs, Aerospace Technology Enterprise, at NASA Headquarters from October 1998 to June 2000. In this capacity, he was responsible for strategic management of all Enterprise programs planned and conducted for national and agency goals in aeronautics and space transportation. From 1997 to 1998, he served as Acting Associate Administrator of the Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology Enterprise.

Christiansen has received numerous honors and awards including: two Exceptional Performance Awards; Superior Accomplishment Award; two Group Achievement Awards; the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; and, since becoming a member of the Senior Executive Service, has three times earned the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive.

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