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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                February 23, 1993

       Kirk M. Dawson will become associate director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on March 1, succeeding Dr. Duane F. Dipprey, who will retire at that time, JPL Director Dr. Edward C. Stone has announced.

       Dawson, who has been assistant laboratory director of JPL's Office of Technical Divisions since 1987, will now oversee the areas of institutional infrastructure and information systems, and direct JPL's management plans and processes.

       Dawson joined the Laboratory in 1962 and has held a variety of key technical and managerial positions. He served as deputy assistant laboratory director for technical divisions from 1982 to 1987 before becoming assistant laboratory director for that office.

       From 1968 to 1982 he held supervisory and managerial positions in the Power Systems Group, Guidance and Control Systems and Research Section, and Control and Energy Conservation Division.

       Among his professional achievements, Dawson was president in 1968 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has been chairman of the IEEE Aerospace Energy Conversion Committee and treasurer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Power Conditioning Specialist Conference. He is also a member of the honorary societies Sigma Pi Sigma and Kappa Mu Epsilon.

       Dipprey, who is retiring, is a 40-year veteran of JPL and has been associate director since 1991.

       He joined the Laboratory in 1953 and has held technical and managerial positions in the fields of propulsion, energy conversion, heat transfer, control and mechanical systems before becoming manager of the Mechanical and Chemical Systems Division in 1978.

       In 1986 Dipprey was appointed assistant laboratory director for defense and civil programs, which later became the Office of Technology and Applications Programs, responsible for JPL's technology research and development base and for projects applying technology capabilities to tasks outside of NASA's programs.

       Among his professional accomplishments, Dipprey was awarded NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1985.

       Both Dawson and Dipprey are residents of La Caņada Flintridge, Calif.


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