Steve Jurczyk


Steve Jurczyk
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Acting Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
In office
January 20, 2021 – May 3, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byJim Bridenstine
Succeeded byBill Nelson
Associate Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
In office
May 21, 2019 – May 14, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
DeputyMelanie Saunders
Succeeded byRobert D. Cabana
Personal details
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BS) (MS)

Stephen G. Jurczyk[1] is an American engineer who served as the Acting Administrator of NASA. He previously worked at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Education and career

Jurczyk is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and 1986. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.[2]

Jurczyk began his NASA career in 1988 at Langley Research Center in the Electronic Systems Branch as a design, integration and testing engineer developing several space-based Earth remote sensing systems. From 2002 to 2004, Jurczyk was director of engineering, and from 2004 to 2006 he was director of research and technology at Langley where he led the organizations’ contributions to a broad range of research, technology and engineering disciplines contributing to all NASA mission areas. From August 2006, Jurczyk served as Langley's Deputy Center Director. In May 2014, Jurczyk was appointed as Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center. There, he headed NASA’s first field Center, which plays a critical role in NASA’s aeronautics research, exploration and science missions.[2]

After Langley, Jurczyk was the associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, since June 2015. In this position he formulated and executed the agency’s Space Technology programs, focusing on developing and demonstrating transformative technologies for human and robotic exploration of the solar system in partnership with industry and academia. In May 2018, Jurczyk became NASA's associate administrator, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant position.[2]

He became acting NASA administrator following Jim Bridenstine's resignation on January 20, 2021.

He retires from NASA on May 14, 2021. He is replaced by astronaut and John F. Kennedy Space Center director Robert D. Cabana.

On August 25, 2021, emails surfaced on a hacking forum allegedly showing United Launch Alliance Vice President Robbie Sabathier being critical of NASA administrators. At the time the email was sent, the acting NASA Administrator position was filled by Steve Jurczyk. Among many statements made, Sabather stated, "NASA HQ’s A-Suite leadership is currently incompetent and unpredictable". ULA has not commented on the authenticity of the emails but has stated it is "taking this alleged cyber crime seriously".[3]

Honors and awards

Jurczyk received several awards during his NASA career, including two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive in 2006, and the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive in 2016—the highest honors attainable for federal government leadership.[2]


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ Garabelli, Veronica (April 29, 2014). "NASA's Langley Research Center names new director". Virginia Business. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Hall, Loura (August 27, 2018). "Steve Jurczyk". NASA. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Berger, Eric (2021-08-25). "In leaked email, ULA official calls NASA leadership "incompetent"". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2021-08-25.

Further reading

  • Susslin, Chet (May 22, 2015). "Meet Steve Jurczyk, The Man Enabling Space Missions of The Future". National Journal. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  • Dietrich, Tamara (May 22, 2018). "Former NASA Langley director Jurczyk tapped as top NASA civil servant". Daily Press. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  • Amanda, Miller (January 2019). "NASA's top civil servant". Aerospace America. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
Government offices
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Administrator of NASA

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