Nelson H. Keeler has been selected as the new director for NASA's Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility located in Fairmont, West Virginia. His appointment is effective as of June 18, 2001.
In his new assignment, Keeler will be responsible for the overall management of the facility that was established in 1993 as part of an agency-wide strategy to provide the highest achievable levels of safety and cost-effectiveness for mission critical software.
Keeler is a native of Connecticut. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCG) and was commissioned as an officer in 1963. He received his aviator's wings in 1965 and amassed over 6,000 pilot hours during his career, principally flying search and rescue, and law enforcement missions. In 1970, Keeler received his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.
When not in a flying assignment, Keeler served as an avionics engineer, radio navigation researcher, information resource management systems engineer and program manager. He was a commander of a USCG Air Station and the service's only Research and Development Center. His work at the center resulted in the award of a Legion of Merit medal and recognition both nationally and internationally.
At the conclusion of his Coast Guard career, Keeler joined NASA, first serving in the Space Station Freedom program and then in the Office of Space Flight's Advanced Launch Technology and Advanced Flight Systems programs.
Keeler then left NASA for private industry, first working for Stanford Telecommunications as its Navigation Department Manager, and then to GTECH Corporation as Projects Director, before returning to NASA in his new assignment as IV&V director.