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American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) release
AIAA Announces New Executive Director

AIAA President Mike Griffin, with the advice and consent of the AIAA Board of Directors, has appointed Dr. Sandra H. Magnus to be the next AIAA Executive Director, effective 22 October 2012.

"We are pleased to announce that after an extensive search with many fine candidates, Sandy was chosen to lead AIAA in this time of critical evolution of the organization and the aerospace industry," said Griffin. "Her stellar accomplishments at NASA, as well as earlier experience at McDonnell Douglas, will greatly benefit all AIAA members. Indeed, through her extensive public outreach as a NASA astronaut, she has in a sense been working on the future of AIAA for many years, inspiring the next generation to pursue a science, math or engineering career. I've worked with Sandy, and know that she will bring her dedication, leadership and knowledge to AIAA to help us advance the aerospace profession."

Dr. Magnus will leave the NASA Astronaut Corps to join AIAA. Born and raised in Belleville, Illinois, she graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master's degree in electrical engineering, and holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech (1996).

Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, last year. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as Flight Engineer and Science Officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months. Following her assignment on Station she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. Before joining NASA in 1996 she worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft on military aircraft programs.

Dr. Magnus succeeds Maj. Gen. Robert S. Dickman, U.S. Air Force (retired) as AIAA executive director. "Bob has been an exemplary leader during his eight year tenure as executive director. We wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his dedicated service to AIAA," Griffin said.

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NASA release
NASA Astronaut Sandra Magnus Leaves Agency

NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus has left the agency, ending a career that included more than 157 days in space, including 12 days in orbit on STS-135, the capstone mission of the Space Shuttle Program.

A veteran of four space shuttle flights, Magnus also was a flight engineer during Expedition 18, spending four and a half months on the International Space Station, where she completed experiments and other work vital to the health of the orbiting laboratory complex.

“Sandy's leadership within the astronaut office will be deeply missed. She’s been an outspoken advocate for the International Space Station and for our office,” said Bob Behnken, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “Her technical knowledge and critical thinking will be very hard to replace.”

Magnus earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri – Rolla. Magnus also earned a doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Magnus filled many roles during her NASA career including working at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and finally as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. Magnus’ last day was Oct. 19.

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