NASA Langley Official is Keynote Speaker for TNCC’s 43rd Commencement

Published: April 6, 2012

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will celebrate its 43rd commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton University Convocation Center. Stephen Jurczyk, Deputy Center Director NASA Langley Research Center, will deliver the keynote address.

Jurczyk has spent most of his 25-year career in aerospace with NASA in various systems engineering, management and senior leadership positions at NASA Headquarters I Washington, D.C., Hampton, Virginia-based Langley Research Center and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He contributed to the development of several space-based remote sensing systems supporting Earth Science research including the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, Landsat 7, and the Clouds and Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Observations mission.

As Director of Systems Engineering and later Director for Research and Technology at NASA Langley, Jurczyk led the organization’s engineering contributions to many l flight projects including the Mach 7 and 10 flights of the Hyper-X jet engine powered vehicle, the Shuttle Program return-to-flight, the successful flight test of the Ares 1-X vehicle, and flight test of the Orion Launch Abort System.

Additionally, he received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.

Jurczyk has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife of 18 years and their two daughters.

For more information about the May 16 commencement, call TNCC’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 757-825-2725.

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