NASA Senior Associate Deputy Administrator Daniel R. Mulville to Retire

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Associate Deputy Administrator, Dr. Daniel R. Mulville, is retiring after more than 16 years at NASA Headquarters. Mulville served as one of the most senior advisors to NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, and he was responsible for planning, directing and managing the daily operations and transformation activities of the agency.

"Dan was the cornerstone of our efforts to move NASA forward into a new era of science and exploration," Administrator O'Keefe said. "His vision, expertise, experience and extensive management skills helped shape our new Integrated Space Transportation Plan. He is one of the true architects of NASA's future. His legacy is the future accomplishments of NASA. We will miss him, and we wish him well," he said.

Mulville's retirement is effective Feb. 3, 2003. He became NASA's Associate Deputy Administrator in 1999. He served as NASA's Acting Administrator from Nov. 19 to Dec. 21, 2001, and directed NASA's daily operations pending confirmation of Administrator O'Keefe by the U.S. Senate.

Prior to his assignment as Associate Deputy Administrator, Mulville served as NASA's Chief Engineer from 1995 to 1999. He was responsible for review of the technical readiness and execution of NASA programs and provided an integrated focus for agency wide engineering policies, standards, and practices. From 1994 to 1995, Mulville was NASA's Deputy Chief Engineer and was responsible for ensuring development efforts and mission operations were conducted on a sound engineering basis.

Mulville was NASA's Director of the Engineering and Quality Management Division in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance from 1990 to 1994. He was responsible for engineering, quality assurance standards and procedures related to design and development of spacecraft and aeronautics systems.

From 1986 to 1990, Mulville was Deputy Director of the Materials and Structures Division in the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology. He managed the Advanced Composite Technology Program, the Control of Flexible Structures Program, materials and structures elements of the Advanced Launch Systems, Space Exploration Initiative, and High Speed Civil Transport programs. Mulville also directed the agency's participation in the joint NASA/FAA Aging Aircraft Program.

Prior to his employment with NASA, Mulville served as the Structures Technology Manager at the Naval Air Systems Command from 1979 to 1986. He led the development of structural design, test, and certification methods, and he was the program manager for development of composites for advanced aircraft and missile programs. He served as a program manager for Structures Research at the Office of Naval Research in 1975 and was a mechanical engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1962 to 1979.

Mulville was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He received the Meritorious and Distinguished Executive Rank Awards for management and leadership.

He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1962 and a master's degree in engineering in 1966 from the George Washington University, located in Washington. He received his Ph.D. in structural mechanics from Catholic University in 1974. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1986.

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