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For Release: Sept. 23, 1996

Michael Finneran
(757) 864-6121/23

RELEASE NO. 96-160


Dr. Kristin A. Hessenius has been named associate director of NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Since 1993, Hessenius had served as director of the Internal Operations Group at NASA Langley.

Hessenius began her NASA career at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., in 1979 as a researcher and then manager in applied computational fluid dynamics. While at Ames she also served as deputy director of aerophysics, and acting associate director of the Center.

In April 1990, Hessenius moved to NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as deputy director of the Aerodynamics Division. Later she served as director of the Aeronautical Research Division and as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics.

Hessenius also served on the Presidential Transition Team during the Bush-Clinton transition, examining science and technology agencies within the government.

She graduated summa cum laude with bachelor of science degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1979, where she was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. She earned a master's degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford in 1986.

Hessenius, who specialized in computational fluid dynamics, is the author or co-author of numerous technical publications. She is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

In 1990, she received the William A. Jump Memorial Foundation Award for exemplary service in public administration. In 1992, she was one of 10 women honored by the National Aviation Club for outstanding contributions to aviation. In 1994, she received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.

She and her husband, Robert Brodowski, live in Yorktown.

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