WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the appointment of Ramon "Ray" Lugo III as Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland today. Lugo has been serving as the Acting Director of NASA GRC since March. The appointment was announced today during Brown's visit to GRC with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
"I have worked with Ray on many issues and know first-hand his commitment to GRC. This is a positive sign that GRC is moving in the right direction," Brown said. "Ray has the skills, talent, and ability. With the right partnership from NASA, he'll be able to expand GRC's role."
As Glenn's director, Lugo is responsible for planning, organizing and leading the activities needed to accomplish the missions assigned to the center. Glenn has research, technology and systems development programs in space propulsion, space power, space communications, aeronautical propulsion and microgravity sciences.
Lugo was named Glenn's deputy director in November 2007. Before that, he served as deputy manager of the Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lugo began his NASA career at Kennedy as a cooperative education student in 1975.
Lugo's other past leadership positions include executive director of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Management Office, director of Expendable Launch Vehicle Services, manager of the Facilities and Support Equipment Division in the Space Station Project Office, and chief of the business office in the Joint Performance Management Office.
Lugo's work has earned numerous honors, including two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals for contributions to the Galileo mission and International Space Station redesign, and three NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals for his service in the Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1979 and a master's degree in engineering management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1982.
Brown and Bolden participated in a roundtable convening the Cleveland business community with NASA to discuss future collaborative efforts. They also attended a meeting with NASA employees to discuss future implications of President Obama's budget proposal.