NASA has selected Indianapolis native Mark Geyer as director of the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He’ll assume the position May 25, when current director and former astronaut Ellen Ochoa retires after 30 years.

As Johnson’s center director, he’ll lead one of NASA’s largest installations, which has about 10,000 civil service and contractor employees – including those at White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico – and oversee a broad range of human spaceflight activities.

Geyer currently is serving as the acting deputy associate administrator for Technical for the Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. In this position, he’s responsible for assisting the associate administrator in providing strategic direction for all aspects of NASA’s human spaceflight exploration mission. Before that, Geyer served as deputy center director at Johnson until September 2017.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics Engineering as well as his Master of Science degree in Aeronautics from Purdue University in Indiana. Geyer is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Executive Rank Award and the Distinguished Executive Rank Award.

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