Washington, Oct 16 (Canadian-Media): Douglas Loverro succeeds former astronaut Kenneth Bowersox, acting associate administrator since July when selected by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Wednesday as the agency’s new associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA reports said.
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Known for his strong, bipartisan work and his experience with large programs, Bridenstine believed Loverro "will be of great benefit to NASA at this critical time in our final development of human spaceflight systems for both Commercial Crew and Artemis.”
Loverro is the recipient of many prestigious honors, including the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Galaxy Explorers, the Society of Satellite Professional Engineers Stellar Award, and the AFCEA Benjamin Oliver Gold Medal for Engineering among many other civilian and military honors.
“I want to thank Ken and the entire NASA team for their commitment since I arrived at NASA. We have made incredible progress. Ken and Doug are respected members of their fields and will continue to lead these great people at the agency,” added Bridenstine. “We have a lot of work to accomplish to safely to get humans flying from America again and I believe we have the leadership to get it done.”
Loverro holds a Master’s of Science in Physics from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s of Political Science from Auburn University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida, in addition to his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy. He was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School, and was the top graduate from the Defense Department’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.