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July 16, 2009 – Washington, DC – Women in Aerospace (WIA) extends its hearty congratulations to WIA member Lori Garver on her confirmation as Deputy Administrator of NASA; to Dr. Regina Dugan on her appointment as Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and to Dr. Jane Lubchenco on her confirmation as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 
“To see three women appointed to these critical positions within our government is an inspiration to women working in the field of science and technology in this country and throughout the world. Their appointments are an affirmation to young women considering careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said WIA president Merrie Scott.
Ms. Garver was the President of Capital Space, LLC, and has served as Senior Advisor for Space at The Avascent Group, a strategy and management consulting firm, based in Washington, D.C. She was the lead civil space policy advisor for Obama for America, and she helped lead the Agency Review Team for NASA during the Transition. From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Garver served as NASA’s Associate Administrator of the Office of Policy and Plans. Reporting to the NASA Administrator, she oversaw the analysis, development, and integration of NASA policies and long-range plans, the NASA Strategic Management System, and the NASA Advisory Council. Ms. Garver holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Colorado College and a master’s degree in science, technology, and public policy from the George Washington University. She is a past president of WIA.
Dr. Dugan is the former president and chief executive officer of RedXDefense, LLC., a company she founded in 2005 that specializes in creating defensive measures against explosive threats. She is a former DARPA Program Manager of the Year and has served on senior advisory boards of the Defense Science Board, the Army Science Board, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Lubchenco is the former Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore. She is a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Lubchenco received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College, a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Washington and her doctorate in ecology from Harvard University. 
“We are proud of their accomplishments,” Scott continued, “and we look forward to working with them to make sure that every woman can reach their career goals and achieve their full potential in these important fields. At a time when our nation faces a shortage of females entering the ‘STEM’ professions, these appointments are particularly inspirational and welcome.”
Women in Aerospace (WIA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and to increasing their visibility within the aerospace community. Any person who supports WIA's mission and goals is eligible for membership.