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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS008 (2015)

ARLS008 Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 008  ARLS008
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  May 19, 2015
To all radio amateurs

ARLS008 Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dava Newman,
KB1HIK, has been sworn in as the deputy administrator of NASA.
President Barack Obama appointed Newman last October, and the US
Senate confirmed her appointment on April 27. The swearing-in took
place on May 15 in her MIT office in Cambridge. Newman is Apollo
Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems and the director
of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. She started her
official duties as NASA's new deputy administrator on May 18 at the
agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.

"I'm very excited to be at NASA," said Newman. "I'm looking forward
to being a part of the agency's work to expand humanity's reach into
space, advance our journey to Mars and strengthen America's
leadership here at home."

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, ex-KE4IQB, said he's long admired
Newman. "Her talents and skills as an educator and technological
innovator will bring a new energy to our NASA leadership team, and
I'm ecstatic to have her on board," he said.

Newman had been on the MIT faculty since 1993. Her research has
included modeling human performance in low and microgravity
conditions, examining the dynamics and control of astronaut motion,
and the development of assisted walking devices for the physically
handicapped. Possibly her most prominent project has been the
development of the BioSuit, a skintight spacesuit that would give
astronauts unprecedented comfort and freedom in exploration of
planetary surfaces and extra-vehicular activity.

An avid sailor, Newman has circumnavigated the globe.


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