NASA Taps Tu To Run Ames Research Center

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NASA picked an insider as the next director of the Ames Research Center. The agency announced May 4 that Eugene Tu, the director of exploration technology at the center, will take over as Ames director, succeeding Pete Worden, who retired at the end of March.

“I am delighted to have a leader of Dr. Tu’s caliber to engage the Ames workforce and harness the center’s innovation for cutting edge science and the technology development to support our journey to Mars and the next generation of aviation,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement announcing Tu’s appointment, which took effect immediately.

Tu had been director of exploration technology at Ames since 2005, and previously served in a number of other technology management positions there.