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Federal agency administrator

Christopher J. Scolese, federal agency administrator. Recipient Calspan Aeronautics award, 1973, Presidential Rank award of Meritorious Executive, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Outstanding Leadership medal (2), National Capital Section Young Engineer/Scientist of the Year award, American Institute Aeronautics & Astronautics.


Scolese, Christopher J. was born in 1956.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1978. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, George Washington University.


He was named to the position effective March 5, 2012. Scolese had most recently served as Associate Administrator of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration and served as that agency's acting Administrator during the period following Michael D. Griffin's resignation, effective January 20, 2009, until Charles F. Bolden, Jr.'s confirmation by the United States Senate, on July 15, 2009. Christopher Scolese worked in industry and the government before being appointed a position at Goddard Space Flight Center in 1987.

At the General Research Corporation of McLean, Virginia, he worked as an analyst. At Goddard Space Flight Center, Scolese served in several positions in the Earth Observing System (EOS) office before becoming the Terra Program Manager and later EOS Program Manager in the late 90's. He also served as Deputy Director of Flight Programs and Projects for Earth Science.

At NASA Headquarters, Scolese became the Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Space Science. Later, he returned to Goddard as Deputy Director-Technical, and was promoted to Deputy Director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in August 2004. In September 2005 he became Chief Engineer at NASA Headquarters, responsible for the overall review and technical readiness of all NASA programs.

Scolese was chosen to succeed Rex Geveden as NASA Associate Administrator at the end of July 2007. Geveden and Scolese both served as Deputy Director of Goddard Space Flight Center before being promoted to Chief Engineer of NASA and then to Associate Administrator. Scolese's replacement as Chief Engineer of NASA was also promoted to that position from being Deputy Director of Goddard.

On March 5, 2012, Scolese stepped down from his role as NASA's Associate Administrator and assumed the role of director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Other positionsAt the latter institute he was chairman of the Control Technical Committee and National Capitol Section Guidance Navigation.


  • During his life Scolese has received many awards, such as the Presidential Rank award. He received one medal for Outstanding Leadership at Goddard, and two for the same at NASA, including the 2009 NASA Distinguished Service Medal.


Fellow: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (associate. Member astrodynamics committee, chairman national capitol section guidance navication and control technical committee, Young Engineer/Scientist of Year award national capitol section). Member: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu.


Married Dianne Scolese. 4 children.

Dianne Scolese