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Joe Dezio
Spacecraft Mission Director
Deputy Program Manager for Explorers

Joe Dezio is responsible for Swift's overall assessment and its readiness for launch. The Spacecraft Mission Director will receive status and recommendations from the Swift launch support team. He provides the spacecraft "Go/No-Go" to the NASA Launch Manager of Swift readiness.

Dezio arrived at the Explorers Program as the Deputy Program Manager in November 2001 to support the numerous explorer mission's activities and PI's. In that capacity he is also the Swift Project Manager preparing for launch in October 2004.

Rex is a graduate of Cascade High School in Turner, Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1982. He then received his M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida in 1996.

Over the course of his 35 years at Goddard Mr. Dezio has received numerous performance and group awards and the NASA medal for exceptional service in 1997.

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center