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Glenn Mahone/Doc Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1898/1600)

Fred Johnsen
Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif.
(Phone: 661/276-2998)

June 10, 2004
RELEASE : 04-188
NASA Names Dryden Flight Research Center Deputy Director
Kevin Petersen, Director, Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Edwards, Calif., today named Steven Schmidt as Deputy Director.

Petersen said, "I am pleased and excited to have Steve back at Dryden. His experience and technical expertise will be invaluable assets as we continue to advance aviation research and development."

Schmidt has served as the Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator since January 2002. He is serving as the Executive Director for the President's Space Commission. He also served as the Executive Secretary for Management on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, and as the Executive Assistant for the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force.

NASA's Deputy Administrator Frederick Gregory said, "Steve is a great addition to the Dryden leadership team. His diverse background, knowledge of aeronautics research, management skills and business acumen will be invaluable as we implement the Vision for Space Exploration."

Schmidt joined NASA in November 1994. He was involved with various programs at DFRC, including the X-33, X-38, X-43A, F-15 ACTIVE and SR-71, until December 2001, when he became the Assistant to the Associate Center Director for Planning.Prior to joining NASA, Schmidt was employed by the Rockwell International Corporation. He started as an aerospace engineer in 1983 in the company's Space Shuttle manufacturing operations facility in Palmdale, Calif. In 1984, he became a project engineer at the company's B-1B bomber facilities in El Segundo, Calif.

He was a qualified flight crewmember in the full-scale development, testing, and acceptance flight-testing in the B-1B program. He was also involved in C-130 gunship, Australian F-111 Pave Tack, X-30 National Aerospace Plane, and other development programs. Until 1994, he was the lead flight test engineer on the X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability program, and various research and development programs. Schmidt began his aeronautics career in 1977 as an aerospace engineer at the Air Force Fight Test Center (AFFTC), Edwards, Calif., and participated in many programs there through 1982.

He was involved in many research and development programs as an aerospace/flight test engineer, including the A-10, F-4, F-16, F-111, B-1A/B, and B-52. He also qualified as a flight crewmember on these programs.Schmidt graduated from California State University, Fresno, Calif., in 1977 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, and continued his education toward a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program. In 2000, he completed the certificate in public administration from Syracuse University, N.Y. He also completed a Fellowship in the National Security Studies Program at Syracuse. He graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a degree in Public Administration in 2001.

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