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NASA Appoints Leslie Livesay as JPL Deputy Director

Leslie Livesay,

Deputy Director,

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA Appoints Leslie Livesay as JPL Deputy Director

NASA said Leslie Livesay has assumed her role as deputy director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, taking over from Larry James, who was appointed in September 2013.

Livesay is equipped with nearly four decades of experience in autonomous space exploration. She previously served as JPL’s associate director for flight projects and mission success, director for astronomy and physics, and director for engineering and science.

She was also the project manager for the Kepler space telescope mission focused on extrasolar terrestrial planets, NASA said.

Livesay is the first woman to be appointed as JPL deputy director. She directly reports to Laurie Leshin, who became the first woman to lead the laboratory in May 2022.  

Leshin expressed confidence that Livesay’s experience and capabilities will contribute to JPL’s space efforts.

The new deputy director’s space-related efforts were recognized with various awards, including the American Astronautical Society Carl Sagan Memorial Award and NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from California Polytechnic State University.

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