THE WHITE HOUSE
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GORE ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIR OF SPACE STATION REVIEW PANEL Cites Need for Strong Leadership to Mantain US Role in Space
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Charles M. Vest, of Cambridge, MA, will chair the Space Station Design Review Panel responsible for assessing Space Station redesign options and helping to bring national space policy goals within budget constraints, Vice President Al Gore announced today (3/29).
"Dr. Vest brings extensive academic and management experience to the panel, and an unsurpassed understanding of the difficult issues facing the Space Station program," the Vice President said. "The panel's role will be critical to the nation's future in science and technology, and in maintaining a U.S. leadership role in space."
The panel is charged with independently assessing various redesign options of the Space Station presented by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Redesign Team, and proposing recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the Space Station program. The panel will be comprised of government, industry, and academic experts with wide representation from across the country. Space Station international partners also are being asked to participate.
Dr. Vest is President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)in Cambridge, MA. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and received his Doctorate in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1967. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, and previously served on the faculty of the University of Michigan where he was Dean of the College of Engineering and then Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to becoming President of MIT in 1990.