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Southwest Research Institute’s David J. McComas has been appointed to serve on the NASA Advisory Council as well as chair the NAC Science Committee.
McComas is the assistant vice president of the space science and engineering division. The council advises NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on matters pertaining the space agency. These areas include: Science; Aeronautics; Audit, Finance and Analysis; Commercial Space; Education and Public Outreach; Human Exploration and Operations; Information Technology Infrastructure; and Technology and Innovation.
The Science Committee deliberates on research topics led by the NASA mission directorates on Earth and space science-related programs, projects, activities and facilities.
Since joining SwRI in 2000, McComas has helped lead the institute’s overall space science and engineering program. He currently serves as principal investigator of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) and Two Wide-angle Imaging Neutral-atom Spectrometers (TWINS) missions. He is also the principal investigator for space science instruments on numerous other NASA missions, including two instruments for the Solar Probe Plus mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2018.
San Antonio-based SwRI is an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organization. It has nearly 3,000 employees and an annual research volume of more than $584 million.
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