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Mr. Charles J. Gay, Deputy Associate Administrator


Mr. Charles J. Gay is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. He has served NASA in senior management positions for many years. He was previously Deputy Director of the Office of System Safety and Mission Assurance at Goddard Space Flight Center. He also served as Deputy Director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters where he was responsible for programmatic development and implementation of NASA’s solar physics and geospace science program. In 2005, he served as the Deputy Director of the newly formed Earth Sun System Division where he was responsible for the development and operations of over 50 spacecraft, spanning multiple NASA Centers, agencies, industry teams, and international partners.

In addition to his experience at NASA, Mr. Gay has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He has experience with many successful NASA flight programs including TDRS, Magellan, TOPEX, Terra, and EO-1 in engineering and program management positions. Mr. Gay has received the NASA Public Service medal, a Silver Snoopy award, and a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service.

Mr. Gay received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Maryland.