Langley Center Director Lesa B. Roe today named Stephen G. Jurczyk to the position of deputy director. He replaces Richard J. Gilbrech who was recently named director of NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. As deputy, Jurczyk will assist in the general management of the center and will act with the authority of the director in her absence. He will help plan, organize and direct center and intercenter activities to advance research significant to national aerospace programs and objectives. "Steve's rich experience in systems engineering as well as in flight hardware design, development and integration will help ensure that Langley plays a critical role in the Vision for Space Exploration," said Roe. Before being named to his new position, Jurczyk served as director of the Research and Technology Directorate. Jurczyk began his NASA career at Langley in 1988 as an electronics engineer in the Electronic Systems Branch where he developed advanced systems for several atmospheric remote sensing instruments and space data systems. In 1993, he was detailed to NASA Headquarters where he managed the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission and formulated the technology development strategy for the Earth Science Enterprise. From 1994 to 1997, he was the instrument systems engineer and, later, the spacecraft systems manager for the Landsat 7 Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. In 1997, Jurczyk returned to Langley as head of the Electronic Systems Branch in the Aerospace Electronics Systems Division. He led the design and development of advanced and experimental flight electronics technologies and systems, specializing in the application of microprocessor-based data acquisition and signal processing electronics for space flight instrumentation. Under his leadership, the Branch successfully developed systems for several high-priority Earth remote sensing and aeronautics flight experiments. In 2002, Jurczyk was selected as deputy director for Flight Systems in Langley's Systems Engineering Competency. In this position, he led a highly diverse engineering and technical staff in providing design and development support for center aircraft and space flight projects, as well as technology development activities for laser and sensor systems. In May 2003, he was named director of the Systems Engineering Competency. Jurczyk earned bachelor and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1984 and 1986 respectively. His personal research interests include advanced remote sensing instrument systems, mixed-signal-application-specific integrated circuits, and digital signal processing applications.
Deputy Director, Langley Research Center