Rex Geveden Named NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Deputy Director

Press Release From: Marshall Space Flight Center
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2003

William F. Readdy, Associate Administrator for Space Flight at NASA Headquarters in Washington, today named Rex D. Geveden as the new Deputy Director of the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Ala. Geveden will succeed David King, who became Center Director on June 15.

"I'm very pleased Rex Geveden is joining NASA's senior leadership team," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "Selecting the right people to lead NASA into the future is essential. Rex has proven his capability by successfully taking on the management of tough programs like the Gravity Probe-B and meeting all challenges. In fact, the spacecraft was shipped last week to the launch site."

As Program Manager for Gravity Probe B (GP-B) since 1996, Geveden led a government, industry and university team in developing a sophisticated payload designed to test two features of Einstein's General Relativity theory.

Geveden has been serving as Deputy Director of the Science Directorate at Marshall where he leads 600 government, industry and university employees in scientifically diverse research and development projects in space science, materials science, biotechnology, earth science and space optics.

"Rex's record of accomplishments and the fact that he is held in high esteem by his peers and customers in industry, academia, NASA Headquarters, and Marshall make him an excellent choice for the position of Deputy Center Director," added Readdy. "Marshall has an important role in the agency's science missions and Rex's science background adds the science dimension to the Center Deputy role."

Geveden was the first NASA employee to achieve the highest level of certification in the Agency's Project Management Development Process.

Geveden also was Project Manager for the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) and Optical Transient Detector (OTD) flight experiments. The OTD was delivered as a completed instrument in only nine months and operated successfully on orbit for five years, producing the first global database that included cloud-to-cloud lightning events. Geveden also was Chief Engineer for the Waves in Space Plasmas (WISP) and the Laser Atmospheric Wind Sounder (LAWS) experiments.

"As a trusted and respected member of the Marshall senior management team, I look forward to working closely with Rex in his new capacity to build a great future for Marshall and NASA," said Dave King, Marshall Center Director. "Rex is a proven leader and motivator of people whose personal character and program management capability exemplify the highest ideals of NASA."

Geveden served as Manager of the Microgravity Science and Applications Department at MSFC, where he led a team of 350 scientists, engineers and project managers in a national space research program in materials science and biotechnology. His organization delivered the first and many of the early payloads to the International Space Station.

Geveden joined NASA in 1990. He earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics and a master's degree in Physics from Murray State University in Kentucky, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Materials Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama. He has received many awards throughout his NASA career, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Silver Snoopy Award.

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