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NASA Names Associate Administrator for Technical Programs

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2003

NASA's Deputy Administrator Fred Gregory announced the appointment of Dr. Michael A. Greenfield as Associate Deputy Administrator for Technical Programs, effective immediately. Greenfield was formerly Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA Headquarters.

In his new position, Greenfield will be the corporate and strategic advocate for NASA's technical programs and projects.

"Michael will be a key member of the senior NASA management team," Gregory said. "I look forward to his advice, innovative ideas, and leadership, as we continue to implement NASA's new Integrated Space Transportation Plan. His familiarity with key NASA programs and his experience within the agency will be invaluable assets as we continue to implement and improve our many scientific endeavors," he said.

Greenfield has served as Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) since December 1993. OSMA has functional responsibility for the safety, reliability, maintainability and quality assurance of all NASA programs. Greenfield provided technical program guidance and assessment, as well as management and organizational leadership while in OSMA.

From October 1992 to December 1993, Greenfield was Director, Quality Management (Payloads) Division, in OSMA. He led the division in developing and implementing effective and efficient safety and mission assurance programs to ensure the success of robotic spacecraft missions. He joined OSMA in 1986 and was instrumental in organizing the Systems Assessment and Trend Analysis Division.

Greenfield began his NASA career in 1979 as Program Manager for Materials in the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology at Headquarters. He was responsible for NASA's overall research and technology activity in materials and processes, life prediction and non-destructive evaluation.

From 1976 to 1979, Greenfield was Materials Liaison Officer and later Technical Director, European Office of Aerospace Research and Development in London. From 1971 to 1976, he headed the Joining Technology section of the U.S. Air Force Materials Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio.

Greenfield has received the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for his overall management contributions to NASA safety and mission assurance. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for his contribution to the successful missions of the Office of Space Science, and he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Material Science from New York University and a Master's in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America in Washington.

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