Sen. John Glenn Among New NASA Advisory Council Members

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2002

A space pioneer and a former Secretary of the Navy are among the six new, distinguished members of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC).

Former U.S. Senator, and veteran Mercury and Space Shuttle astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. has agreed to serve on the panel that provides advice and counsel to the NASA Administrator. Sen. Glenn, who just last week celebrated the 40th anniversary of his historic orbital space flight, will attend the NAC's next meeting, which convened today at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

"I am delighted Senator Glenn has accepted this responsibility and I look forward to his contribution to this vital advisory council," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "His impeccable credentials as an aviator and space explorer, and his untiring dedication to the betterment of this agency are valuable assets."

Richard Danzig, who served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 2001, also has agreed to join the NAC. Danzig is currently director of the National Semiconductor Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif., and of Human Genome Sciences, Rockville, Md.

He was also the Undersecretary of the Navy from 1993 to 1997. In 1981, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award. He received the same honor, which is the highest Department of Defense civilian award, in 1997 and 2001 for his work with the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Also joining the council are other professionals from academia and industry, among them Roger E. Tetrault, a retired vice chairman and chief executive officer of McDermott International, Inc., New Orleans. He retired in August 2000 after 24 years of service. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former naval officer, Tetrault also served as corporate vice president and president of General Dynamics' Electric Boat Division.

Dr. Donald C. Fraser, founder and director of the Photonics Center at Boston University, also joins the NAC. Photonics' mission is the creation of companies that exploit the technology of light. Before joining Boston University, he served the George H. Bush administration as the Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition.

Joining the panel as well is David J. Berteau, who serves as Director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense Executive Management Development and Training Program, in New York.

The final new NAC member is Dr. Andrew Christensen, who chairs the Space Sciences Advisory Committee and is currently in-house representative to the European Meteorological Satellite Organization for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"NASA has a long tradition of turning to the best and brightest citizens for advice and guidance on major issues," added Administrator O'Keefe. "I look forward to a productive and meaningful relationship with all the members of the NASA Advisory Council."

Each NAC member serves a two-year term, with an option to serve an additional two years. The advisory panel meets at least four times a year and reports directly to the NASA Administrator on critical issues facing the agency.

Dr. Charles F. Kennel, Vice Chancellor of Marine Sciences, Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences currently chairs the NAC. He is a physicist whose personal research focused on fundamental plasma physics, combined with space and astrophysics.

Additional information on the NASA Advisory Council is available on the Internet at:

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