AIAA Congratulates Chris Scolese on Appointment as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office Written 28 June 2019


CONTACT: John Blacksten 

June 28, 2019 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) applauds the appointment of Chris Scolese to the position of Director of the National Reconnaissance Office.

“Chris Scolese’s unique combination of technical knowledge, military service, and management experience make him the ideal director for this critical security post,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “I’ve known him since 2007 and worked closely with him for more than 10 years during my time at NASA. He is a consummate professional with unmatched integrity.”

Scolese has been the director of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center since 2012. He worked in several positions at NASA, primarily in the Earth sciences missions.

Scolese joined AIAA when he was a sophomore in high school. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Capital Section Young Engineer/Scientist of the Year Award, National Capital Section Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award, and the von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics Award. In 2008, he was elected by his peers as an AIAA Fellow—a rank which fewer than five percent of our members achieve.

*Image: Dr. Christopher J. Scolese. Credit: NASA

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