Stephen Jurczyk, acting director of NASA‘s Langley Research Center since November, has been promoted to lead the Hampton, Va.-based aeronautics research hub on a full-time basis.
Lesa Roe, who previously led the Langley center for nine years, moved to NASA headquarters in November as deputy associate administrator of the agency’s technical capabilities assessment team and will remain in that role, the agency said Monday.
Jurczyk served as deputy director of the center for nine years prior to taking the acting director role and has also held roles such as director of systems engineering and director of research and technology.
He returned to Langley in 1997 for his second stint at the center and started his NASA career there in 1988 as an electronics engineer in the electronic systems branch.
Jurczyk has managed NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission and formed the technology development strategy for the agency’s Earth Science Enterprise while assigned at the agency’s headquarters.
Between 1994 and 1997, he served as instrument systems engineer and then as spacecraft systems manager for the Landsat 7 project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.