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NASA Administrator's Authorization Bill Statement

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:26 am
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Michael GriffinThe following is a statement by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin about the NASA Authorization Bill.

“Passage of this legislation marks another endorsement by the Congress of the nation’s Vision for Space Exploration. We appreciate the efforts of the House and Senate members and their continued strong support of NASA. America must continue to be the leader in space exploration as we transition to a new and exciting mission for the American people.”

About NASA Administrator Michael Griffin

Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate, Michael Griffin began his duties as the eleventh Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on April 14, 2005.

As Administrator, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources as NASA seeks to advance The U.S. Vision for Space Exploration.

Prior to being nominated as NASA Administrator, Griffin was serving as Space Department Head at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. He was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc., and also served in several positions within Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, VA, including Chief Executive Officer of Orbital’s Magellan Systems division.

Earlier in his career, Griffin served as Chief Engineer and as Associate Administrator for Exploration at NASA, and as Deputy for Technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University, where he taught courses in spacecraft design, applied mathematics, guidance and navigation, compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, spacecraft attitude control, astrodynamics and introductory aerospace engineering. He is the lead author of more than two dozen technical papers, as well as the textbook, “Space Vehicle Design.” A registered professional engineer in Maryland and California, Griffin is a fellow of the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the AIAA Space Systems Medal and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given to a non-government employee.

Griffin received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master’s degree in Aerospace Science from Catholic University of America; a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland; a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California; a master’s degree in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola College; and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University. He is a certified flight instructor with instrument and multiengine ratings.

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