NASA Goddard Center director shares plans to retire

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dennis Andrucyk, director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Marylandannounced his intention to retire after more than 36 years of federal service, including several leadership roles at NASA and as director of Goddard since January 2020.

Andrucyk will continue to serve as director of the Goddard Center while NASA conducts a nationwide search and open competition for a new director. Once a new director is selected, and after a short transition period, Andrucyk will retire; at present, no date has been set for his retirement.

“Dennis is an outstanding leader and brilliant engineer who continues to serve NASA and our nation with honor and distinction,” the NASA Administrator said. Bill Nelson. “In my view, his crowning achievement as Goddard was overseeing the brilliant launch and first release of impressive images from the James Webb Space Telescope, a mission that represents our vision at NASA to explore the secrets of the universe to benefit I am grateful for his decades of public service and continued dedication to Goddard, NASA and our nation.

Among Goddard’s accomplishments during Andrucyk’s tenure to date include the successful launch and commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is already transforming our view of the universe. Other accomplishments during his tenure at Goddard include the launch of Landsat 9, OSIRIS-REx collecting a sample from the asteroid Bennu and beginning its return to Earth, Parker Solar Probe “touching” the Sun, championing the upcoming Venus mission from NASA – DAVINCI – ongoing development of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, as well as the first launch of Minotaur IV and several International Space Station cargo resupply missions from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Wallpos Island, Virginia.

In addition to several major mission milestones, Goddard also played a key role, under Dennis’ leadership, in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the 75th anniversary of Wallops and the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. . And all of this was done as Dennis led the center through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dennis joined the NASA family in 1988. Since then, he has received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Goddard Outstanding Leadership Honor Award, and Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award in Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity. Dennis is also a two-time recipient of the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.

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