Laurie Leshin headed to RPI

Laurie Leshin headed to RPI

Dr. Laurie Leshin, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration, is leaving NASA and headed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.

RPI made the announcement today. She will be Dean of the School of Science.

Leshin was Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies and the Dee and John Whiteman Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at Arizona State University before joining NASA. She was a member of the Aldridge Commission established by President George W. Bush after his announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration in January 2004. The Commission, chaired by former Secretary of the Air Force Edward “Pete” Aldridge, issued the report “A Journey to Inspire, Innovate and Discover.”

She was named Deputy Director for Science and Exploration at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2005, and moved to headquarters early last year as Deputy Director of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD).

NASA has indicated that with the retirement of the space shuttle, it plans to merge ESMD and the Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD).

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