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Dr. Roger A. Hathaway
December 9, 2013

[image-51] As the Head of the NASA Langley Office of Education until July 2014, Dr. Roger A. Hathaway was responsible for providing leadership and policy guidance for formal and informal education programs at NASA Langley.  The programs include pre-college, higher education, distance learning, digital media laboratory program activities, and adult learning programs.

Dr. Hathaway began his federal career in 1983 as an education specialist in the Office of Public Services at Langley.  In this capacity, he was responsible for conducting outreach education activities throughout Langley’s five-state service regions which included:  North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia.  In 1991, he was appointed to be the Pre-College Officer for the Langley Office of Education.  Within this position, he managed the Aerospace Education Specialist Program, a summer student research program, pre-college programs, distance learning programs, and a host of special events and related pre-college activities.  During 1993, he spent several months at NASA Headquarters in the Office of the Administrator as the Executive Officer for the Special Assistant to the Administrator where he assisted with the technical and administrative leadership of the Agency.

Dr. Hathaway has received two NASA Honor Awards.  In 1992, he was the recipient of the Equal Employment Opportunity Medal for Exemplary Support for the Minority Programs at Langley.  In 2005, he was the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award for Leadership and Management of University Programs.  Dr. Hathaway has been active with Cooperating Hampton Roads Organizations for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME) for over two decades.  In 1998 he received a 15-year service award and in 1999 he accepted the CHROME Outstanding Member Organization Participation Award for NASA.  Dr. Hathaway has been an active past member of the CHROME Executive Board of Directors.

He is also a member of numerous education committees at the national, state, and local levels.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Elizabeth City State University, and a Masters Degree from Virginia State University. Dr. Hathaway received his honorary doctorate degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2006. [image-67]

Dr. Hathaway says his favorite thing about the NASA Office of Education is "the excitement that I see in the eyes of educators and students when they realize that NASA is in the business of educating. They start to see 'oh, there's something out here for me, something new that I can learn at NASA.' There's always something new that everyone can learn, and that's what I believe in. I believe in having fun and solving problems.  NASA is an agency of change, and we seek to learn new ways to solve problems and tackle change through education."

Dr. Hathaway is a native of Edenton, North Carolina, and now lives in Hampton, Virginia, with his lovely wife, Ida.  He has a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. 

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Dr. Roger A. Hathaway
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Dr. Hathaway speaks to LARSS students.
Dr. Roger A. Hathaway speaks to a group of summer interns at Langley Aerospace Research Center.
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