President Joe Biden’s administration has appointed Steve Jurczyk to serve as acting administrator at NASA until the role is permanently filled following the departure of NASA chief Jim Bridenstine.
Jurczyk has been the agency’s associate administrator since May 2018 and has worked at NASA since 1988. Jurczyk is one of 34 acting leaders announced by Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris.
He was previously director of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Named to this position in May 2014, he headed NASA’s first field Center, which plays a critical role in NASA’s aeronautics research, exploration and science missions. Jurczyk served as Langley’s deputy centre director from August 2006 until his appointment as director.