WASHINGTON ? NASA Administrator CharlesBolden named Waleed Abdalati to serve as chief scientist at agency headquartershere effective Jan. 3, where he will serve as principal adviser to theadministrator on agency science programs and strategic planning andinvestments, according to a Dec. 13 NASA news release.
In his new post, Abdalati, who currentlyserves as director of the Earth Science and Observation Center at theUniversity of Colorado at Boulder, will ensure NASA?sscience programs align with White House science objectives.
A polar ice researcher who served in variouspositions at NASA between 1998 and 2008, Abdalati was previously head of theCryospheric Sciences Branch at the agency?s Goddard Space Flight Center inGreenbelt, Md.
Inhis new role, he will work closely with the White House Office of Scienceand Technology Policy and Office of Management and Budget, according to therelease.
?We are excited to have Waleed return to theagency during such a critical transition period,? Bolden stated in the release.?His experience, wide-range of scientific knowledge and familiarity with NASAwill greatly benefit the agency. He will be a true advocate for our many anddiverse science and researchand exploration programs.?
Abdalati will report directlyto Bolden and oversee a staff of about five, NASA spokesman Michael Cabbagesaid Dec. 13.
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