Robert Pearce, the acting associate administrator of NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, has been appointed to assume his role on a full-time basis. He oversees the strategy moving NASA's research across multiple aeronautical areas such as airspace operations, aviation concepts and integrated aviation systems, the space agency said Tuesday.
"Bob is a visionary leader with a deep understanding of the current and future aeronautics environment," said Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator.
Pearce has been ARMD's acting associate administrator since September, following Jaiwon Shin's retirement from the office in late August. The newly appointed ARMD leader also formerly served as the directorate's deputy associate administrator and director for strategy, architecture and analysis.
He also served as deputy director of the joint planning and development office for the Federal Aviation Administration's Next Generation Air Transportation System, a program that aims to modernize the country's air transportation by 2025.