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Prof Thomas Zurbuchen Will Head Up NASA Science Mission Directorate

Posted: September 27, 2016

Prof Thomas Zurbuchen Will Head Up NASA Science Mission Directorate Thomas Zurbuchen

Climate & Space professor Thomas Zurbuchen has been named as the new Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, effective Monday, Oct. 3. 

“Thomas Zurbuchen has long been a guiding light for the Climate & Space department's education and research programs," said Professor James Slavin, Climate & Space department Chair. "He will be greatly missed by our faculty and our students alike. In leading NASA’s science mission directorate on to still greater achievements, Thomas will ensure a bright and exciting future for us here in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and the rest of the nation’s top research universities, space laboratories and commercial space enterprises.”

Zurbuchen, a professor of space science and aerospace engineering, is also the founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. His experience includes includes research in solar and heliospheric physics, experimental space research, space systems, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Link to NASA press release.

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