NASA names chief technologist and associate administrator

February 4th, 2010 - 2:50 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON (BNO News) – NASA’s Administrator Charles F. Bolden named Robert D. Braun as the agency’s Chief Technologist and Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., the associate administrator for Mission Support at NASA Headquarters in Washington by the agency’s, NASA said on Wednesday.

Braun’s position will become effective Wednesday, February 3and Dr. Whitlow, Jr. will continue toserve as the director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland until a successor is named.

“Braun will help develop a broadly focused advanced concepts and technology development program leading to new approaches to future NASA missions and solutions to significant national needs,” NASA said in its statement.

“In this new position, Whitlow will be responsible for most NASA management operations, including human capital, budget and systems support as well as a variety of other vital cross agency business, institutional and contract support functions,” NASA added.

These appointments come as NASA continues forward with its smart initiative to improve the capability, reduce the cost, and expand the reach of future human and robotic missions.

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