|Volume: 03, Issue: 08||04/20/2005|
Michael Griffin Takes Reigns as NASA AdministratorMichael D. Griffin reported to work April 14 as NASA's 11th Administrator, following the resignation or former administrator Sean O’Keefe. Griffin was confirmed as the new administrator on April 13 by the U.S. Senate.
“I share with the agency a great sense of privilege that we have been given the wonderful opportunity to extend humanity's reach throughout the solar system," Griffin said.
During his confirmation hearing April 12 before the U.S. Senate, the Administrator stated his priorities. His objectives are consistent with the President's Vision for Space Exploration:
President George W. Bush nominated Griffin as NASA Administrator in March, while he was serving as the Space Department Head at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Baltimore.
Griffin was President and Chief Operating Officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc., before joining Johns Hopkins in April 2004. He also served in several positions within Orbital Sciences Corporation, including Chief Executive Officer of Magellan Systems, Inc. Earlier in his career, Administrator Griffin served as Chief Engineer at NASA and as Deputy for Technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization.
He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University, teaching courses in spacecraft design, applied mathematics, guidance and navigation, compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, spacecraft attitude control, astrodynamcis, 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, the Administrator is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). 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. He is a certified flight instructor with instrument and multiengine ratings.
Micheal 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.
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