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Gibson Joins ORAU as Director of NASA Postdoctoral Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 19, 2009
FY09-59

Dr. Robert Gibson

Dr. Robert Gibson

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. Robert Gibson has joined Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) as director of the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP), which offers unique research opportunities at NASA facilities to highly talented national and international scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate degree. Gibson is replacing Dr. Larry Vorhees, who is retiring this fall.

As director of NPP, Gibson will oversee the program and monitor all recruiting, evaluation, and budget activities related to NASA sponsors. He will also develop new programs and provide administrative functions for NPP.

With more than 15 years of experience in project management and training development, Gibson most recently served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he taught senior seminars in management and leadership. Previously, he served for 15 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, managing a variety of engineer organizations and projects both in the U.S. and overseas.

"Robert's background and experience are well suited to the education and training goals of the NASA Postdoctoral Program," said Wayne Stevenson, ORAU's vice president and director of Science Education Programs. "We are truly pleased to have him as a member of our staff."

Gibson received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his master's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University, and his doctorate of education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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