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For Release: June 25, 1998

Michael Finneran
(757) 864-6121/23/24

RELEASE NO. 98-029

Deputy Director Leaves to Accept Post as University Professor

NASA Langley Research Center's deputy director is resigning to accept a position at Christopher Newport University.

Dr. H. Lee Beach Jr. will leave NASA Langley on July 10 and start work Aug. 17 as a professor in the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering.

Beach said he will split his time between Christopher Newport and the new Applied Research Center, both in Newport News.

"I am really going to miss NASA and Langley and all of my friends here," he added. "But this is a new opportunity, and I am looking forward to the challenge."

Beach has bachelor, master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. His research has ranged from radiative heat transfer to supersonic combustion ramjet propulsion. He held positions of increasing responsibility at Langley and NASA Headquarters until he was named Langley's deputy director in 1992.

Beach received NASA's Exceptional Service Medals in 1989 and 1992, the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1992, NASA's Exceptional Achievement and Outstanding Leadership Medals in 1994, and the prestigious Air Breathing Propulsion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1997.

He has taught graduate-level courses in propulsion at George Washington University, and fluid mechanics and thermodynamics at Christopher Newport and North Carolina State.

Beach and his wife, Mary, live in Williamsburg and have three children.

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