Eugene Tu
Eugene Tu, director of NASA's Ames Research Center. Credit: NASA Ames

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.

Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...