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Wallace (Wally) C. Sawyer
Special Assistant to the Center Director

Wallace (Wally) C. Sawyer is Special Assistant to the Director of Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Before assuming this position on July 1, 2001, Mr. Sawyer was Deputy Director of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, and previous to that appointment was Deputy Director at the Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

Sawyer began his career at Langley in 1965 as Aerospace Engineer. He served as Director of the High Speed Research program office where he was responsible for leading the development of critical technologies in the areas of aerodynamics, performance, airframe materials and structures, flight deck and propulsion technology, and systems integration to support the development of the proposed High Speed Civil Transport. He has served as Head of the Concepts Analysis Section, Fundamental Aerodynamics Branch, Supersonic/Hypersonic Aerodynamics Branch; Assistant Head, Supersonic Aerodynamics Branch; and Assistant Chief of the Advanced Vehicles Division.

Sawyers' other positions included an assignment at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC as Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Code R, and as Acting Deputy Director of Aeronautics for High-Performance Aircraft. He was also Chief of Langley's Advanced Vehicles Division where he was responsible for directing multidisciplinary studies of advanced aeronautical vehicles both to assess the benefits of selected research advances and to identify new research thrusts. In addition, as Acting Deputy Director of Aeronautics, he coordinated focused research on subsonic and supersonic transports, advanced military aircraft and general aviation and commuter aircraft. As Deputy Director of Aeronautics Program Group, Sawyer was responsible for strategic planning, advocating for resources, maintaining external and internal customer interfaces, and coordinating aeronautical systems analysis studies.

Mr. Sawyer has received numerous awards during his NASA career including, the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal in 1999 and his excellence in leadership has been recognized over the years through a series of Awards including a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the rank of Meritorious Executive.

In 1964, Mr. Sawyer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from Elon College in North Carolina and has done graduate work in physics at the College of William and Mary and in engineering management at George Washington University. The author or co-author of 45 technical publications and a chapter in a technical textbook, Sawyer is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Wally and his wife, Rae, a physician, live in Cocoa Beach, Florida and have a son and a daughter.

August 2002

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