Julian Earls Selected to Lead NASA Glenn Research Center

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2003

NASA Deputy Administrator Frederick D. Gregory today announced Dr. Julian M. Earls as the new Center Director for the agency's Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, effective Oct. 1. Earls currently serves as the center's Deputy Center Director. He will succeed Donald J. Campbell, who was selected to lead NASA's Special Projects Office for Nuclear Power Systems.

"Julian's selection brings stability and continuity to Glenn during this important transition," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "He's a proven leader with unparalleled academic credentials, and I am pleased he accepted the challenge to lead Glenn at this juncture in the agency's history."

Earls holds six university degrees. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Norfolk State University, Va., his master's degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York and his doctorate in radiation physics from the University of Michigan.

He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the College of Aeronautics in New York, the Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree by Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by North Carolina A&T State University. Earls also earned the equivalent of the master's degree in environmental health from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's prestigious Program for Management Development.

As Glenn's new Center Director, Earls is responsible for the center's research, technology and systems development programs in aeronautical propulsion, space propulsion, space power, space communications, and microgravity sciences.

Earls' distinguished career with NASA began in 1968 when he joined the agency to lead the GRC health physics program. He was chosen as Chief of the center's Health, Safety and Security Division in 1983. In 1988 he was selected as Director for the Office of Health Services, where he was an innovator in health service systems, directing the occupational medicine program, health-screening clinic and physical fitness programs.

In 1992, Earls became Assistant Deputy Director for Glenn's Business Resources Development, and in 1994 he was promoted to Director of Administration and Computer Services and Chief Information Officer. He became Deputy Director for Operations in 1995 and was selected as GRC Deputy Center Director in 2002.

"This was not a difficult decision. Julian's dedication to NASA and his wealth of experience across so many disciplines made him a natural selection," added Administrator O'Keefe. "I'm sure his colleagues at Glenn join me in supporting Julian as he strives to continue the center's historic legacy of research and technology development."

Earls wrote the first health physics guides used at NASA and has written nearly 30 publications for technical and education journals. He has been a Distinguished Honors Visiting Professor at numerous universities throughout the nation. Twice he has been awarded NASA medals for exceptional achievement and outstanding leadership. Also, he has received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.

NASA Glenn is located at Lewis Field, a 350-acre site, adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The center is made up of more than 150 buildings, which contain a unique collection of world-class research facilities. Glenn was founded in 1941 as the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, NASA's predecessor.

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