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NASA LEADER TO JOIN OLD DOMINION RESEARCH OFFICE

Jeremiah F. Creedon, associate administrator for aerospace technology at NASA, has been named director of transportation research for Old Dominion University, President Roseann Runte recently announced.

The newly created position will be effective Aug. 15.

"We are delighted to welcome a nationally recognized, visionary leader in transportation research and development to Old Dominion," said Runte. "Dr. Creedon's immense experience will bring a new dynamic to our current research program and our future efforts."

In his new role, Creedon will guide the university's major transportation research projects, including the Maglev demonstration project and aerospace engineering initiatives. The position will be located in the university's Office of Research.

"I am very pleased to be joining Old Dominion," said Creedon. "The university is a growing and vibrant organization with excellent efforts in transportation systems, modeling and simulation. I look forward to contributing to their efforts in these areas."

Creedon joins Old Dominion after 40 years of service with NASA, where he has been in his current position since 2002. Under his leadership, NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology developed innovative technology for aeronautics and space applications. In his current role, Creedon manages an annual budget of $3 billion, leads research and development efforts at all 10 NASA field locations, and oversees all aspects of operations at NASA's four research centers.

Prior to being named associate administrator, Creedon was the director of NASA Langley Research Center. He began his NASA career at Langley in 1963 as a research engineer in the Navigation and Guidance Research Branch. Since 1970, he has held a variety of management positions, including head of the Control and Information Systems Section, assistant head of the Avionics Technology Research Branch, chief of the Flight Control Systems Division, head of the Flight Systems Directorate, director of the Aeronautics Program Group and director of the Airframe Systems Program Office.

Creedon was twice awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service for his outstanding contributions to the management of NASA programs; twice given the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service; and is the recipient of two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals. In addition, he was named the Federal Laboratory Director of the Year and received a NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

A native of Rhode Island, Creedon graduated from the University of Rhode Island with bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 1961, 1963 and 1970, respectively. In 1998, he was inducted into the university's Engineering Hall of Fame. Creedon also holds a master's degree in management from Stanford University.

The author of more than 30 technical articles, Creedon is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

"With Jerry's experience and skills, Old Dominion will become a national focal point in the application of new technologies to address critical transportation problems, ranging from Maglev systems through new approaches to increase the capacity and safety of our intermodal transportation networks," said Robert Ash, interim vice president for research. "We are excited to have him join our team."

This article was posted on: June 24, 2003

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