Melvin to Head NASA Education
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has appointed Leland D. Melvin as the associate administrator for education. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing agency education programs that strengthen student involvement and public awareness about NASA's scientific goals and missions. Prior to this appointment, he led the Education Design Team at Headquarters and also served as the partnership development manager for the agency's new Summer of Innovation education initiative, aimed at engaging middle school students in STEM activities during the summer break. One such partnership was with recording artist Mary J. Blige and her Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FAWN), an organization that has synergies with NASA's Summer of Innovation program. Melvin joined NASA in 1989 as an aerospace research engineer at the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. He joined the astronaut corps in 1998 and has served as a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions: STS-122 in 2008 and STS-129 in 2009. He has logged more than 565 hours in space.