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July 14, 2009

Chris McGee, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
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Baton Rouge Native Named CIO for NASA Stennis

Baton Rouge Native, Dinna L. Cottrell, Named CIO for NASA Stennis Dinna LeDuff Cottrell, a native of Baton Rouge, La., and a resident of Covington, has been named the new chief information officer for NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center.

Cottrell has served as deputy chief information officer for the past three years. She replaces Gay Irby, who now serves as the deputy director of the Center Operations Directorate at Stennis.

The Chief Information Officer provides leadership, planning, policy direction and oversight for the delivery and management of NASA information and NASA information technology resources at Stennis. The CIO also oversees IT services and operations for the center's computing infrastructure, which includes application hosting and data center services, application development and sustainment, Web development and maintenance, telecommunications, desktops, audio/visual, video, IT security, electronic forms, records management, and documentation control.

Cottrell said she is pleased to take on this important position for NASA. "The responsibility of the CIO to provide effective and efficient information technology services is critical to the success of NASA's and Stennis' goals and missions," she said. "I look forward to serving in my new role."

Cottrell began her career with NASA almost 23 years ago as a co-op student. She has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Slidell Alumnae Chapter.

For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/.

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