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  March 14, 2005  


  Michael Griffin Picked To Head NASA
Bush calls on physicist to head space agency

President George W. Bush has nominated Michael D. Griffin to become the next administrator of NASA. Griffin currently heads the space department at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Griffin, 55, is no stranger to NASA. In the 1990s, he served as chief engineer and associate administrator for exploration at NASA headquarters. He has also held various positions in the aerospace industry, including several posts within Orbital Sciences Corp. and president and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel—a nonprofit group funded by the CIA.

The President’s choice of Griffin to replace Sean O’Keefe—who left NASA earlier this year to become chancellor of Louisiana State University—is receiving widespread, bipartisan support.

"We are extremely pleased that the President has nominated Mike Griffin to be NASA administrator,” said House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) in a press release. “Dr. Griffin has long been a resource to the Science Committee, both as a public witness and in providing private counsel. He has broad expertise, knows NASA inside and out, and is an imaginative and creative thinker and leader. He is also known for his candor and directness. We look forward to working with Dr. Griffin at this critical time for NASA."

Griffin received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Johns Hopkins, a master’s degree in aerospace science from Catholic University of America, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. He also holds four other master’s degrees in electrical engineering, applied physics, business administration, and civil engineering.

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