Rex Geveden


Rex Geveden

Rex Geveden is the president of Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville Alabama. Previously he was the Associate Administrator of NASA. He was selected for that position by NASA chief Michael Griffin on August 17 2005, after having served in an acting capacity since June of that year. Griffin created the position immediately prior to assigning Geveden to fill it. The Associate Administrator's task is described as "oversight for all the agency's technical missions' areas and field center operations" [http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2005/aug/HQ_05227_geveden.html] . Griffin also suggested Geveden was his right-hand man, saying "...if you get a decision from Rex, it's the agency's decision." [http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/127082main_090805_mg_update.pdf]

Geveden's first job out of college was at Teledyne Brown Engineering (where he is now President). After a few years stint at TBE Geveden joined NASA in 1990, and worked on hardware design for a number of science satellite missions, including as project manager for the Optical Transient Detector satellite, the Lightning Imaging Sensor satellite, and the Gravity Probe B satellite, a successful test of frame dragging effects predicted by General Relativity. He was promoted to deputy director of the science directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center, then in 2003 to Deputy Director of Marshall Space Flight Center. In November 2004, he was promoted again to become chief engineer of NASA, simultaneously with a major expansion of that office's responsibilities, in the wake of the report of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Only seven months later, in the first weeks of Mike Griffin's administration in June 2005, Griffin made Geveden his acting associate administrator until the post was officially created.

Geveden is a native of Mayfield, Kentucky. He has two children, Bridget and Jake. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering physics and master's degrees in physics in 1983 and 1984 respectively, both from Murray State University in Kentucky. Geveden also graduated from the Program Management School at the Defense Systems Management College, and aside from his work, Geveden is also studying for a Ph.D. in materials engineering at Auburn University.

Geveden announced his plans to leave NASA at the end of July 2007 to become president of Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama. [ [http://www.tbe.com/company/newsArticle.aspx?id=70 TBE - Company Info - News Article ] ] Mike Griffin praised Geveden on his departure saying he "possesses one of the most agile minds I have encountered". [ [http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2007/jul/HQ_07152_Geveden_departure.html NASA - Scolese to Succeed Geveden as NASA Associate Administrator ] ] Geveden was replaced as Associate Administrator of NASA by Christopher Scolese.

External links

* [http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2005/aug/HQ_05227_geveden.html NASA press release on selection as Associate Administrator]
* [http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/127082main_090805_mg_update.pdf Mike Griffin emphasizes Rex Geveden's authority ("...if you get a decision from Rex, it's the agency's decision.")]
* [http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2007/jul/HQ_07152_Geveden_departure.html NASA press release on Geveden leaving NASA]

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