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(NASA) – Former NASA Appearing Administrator Steve Jurczyk handed away Nov. 23, on the age of 61, following a battle with pancreatic most cancers.
Throughout his profession, which spanned greater than three many years with the company, Jurczyk rose in ranks to affiliate administrator, the highest-ranking civil servant, a place he held from Might 2018 till January 2021.
He finally went on to function performing administrator between administration adjustments, serving in that place from January 2021 till his retirement in Might 2021.
“Steve devoted his life to fixing a few of the most daring spaceflight challenges and propelling humanity’s attain all through the photo voltaic system. The world misplaced Steve too quickly, however his legacy of kindness and distinctive management lives on. My ideas are together with his household and family members throughout this troublesome time,” mentioned NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson.
Previous his roles as performing administrator and affiliate administrator, Jurczyk served because the affiliate administrator for the Area Know-how Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, a place he had held since June 2015.
He was accountable for formulating and executing the company’s area expertise portfolio, specializing in the event and demonstration of recent applied sciences supporting human and robotic exploration throughout the company, public/non-public partnerships, and academia.
Jurczyk joined the management crew at headquarters after serving as director of NASA’s Langley Analysis Heart in Hampton, Virginia. He was named to that place in Might 2014. He beforehand served as deputy heart director from August 2006 till his appointment as director.
His NASA profession started in 1988, serving as a design, integration, and check engineer within the Digital Techniques Department at NASA Langley. There he labored on growing a number of space-based Earth distant sensing methods. He served in a wide range of different roles at Langley together with director of engineering, and director of analysis and expertise.
On the time of his retirement, Jurczyk shared the next:
“It has been an honor to steer NASA and see the company’s unimaginable development and transformation all through my time right here. The NASA workforce is what makes this company so particular, and I’m extremely grateful for his or her wonderful work, particularly all through the coronavirus pandemic. At NASA, we flip goals into actuality and make the seemingly not possible potential. I’m so lucky to have been a member of the NASA household.”
Amongst his awards, Jurczyk obtained a Distinguished Service Medal, Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Government, Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Government, Silver Achievement Medal, Excellent Management Medal, and quite a few Group
Achievement Awards. He additionally was a finalist for the Sammie Administration Excellence Award for his management in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jurczyk is a graduate of the College of Virginia the place he earned a Bachelor of Science and Grasp of Science levels in electrical engineering in 1984 and 1986.
He additionally was an affiliate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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