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Vanessa Wyche Named NASA Johnson Space Center Deputy Director

Vanessa Wyche

Vanessa Wyche, former director of the exploration integration and science directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, has been appointed as deputy director of the installation.

NASA said Wednesday Wyche will assist JSC Director Mark Geyer in managing the center, which is responsible for 10,000 civil service and contractor employees and various human spaceflight operations.

“[She] has built agency-wide relationships throughout her nearly three-decade career and will serve JSC well as we continue to lead human space exploration in Houston,” Geyer stated.

As EISD director, Wyche led several human and robotic efforts to explore deep space.

She also previously held other leadership roles within NASA such as acting deputy director of JSC, flight manager in the Space Shuttle program and acting director for the agency’s human exploration development support directorate.

The NASA veteran also worked at the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C., prior to joining JSC in 1989.

Wyche holds a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering and a master of science degree in bioengineering from Clemson University.

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