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January 19, 1996

Mike Mewhinney Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA (Phone: 415/604-9000) RELEASE: 96-8 MCDONALD NAMED DIRECTOR OF AMES RESEARCH CENTER Dr. Henry McDonald has been named the new Director of the Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA, effective March 4, NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced today. "Dr. McDonald brings to Ames strong research experience in information systems applications, computational physics and aerodynamics, combined with technical and managerial skills that will reinforce NASA's commitment to aeronautical and space research for a stronger America," Goldin said. "Information technologies and their applications are key building blocks for all future aeronautics and space endeavors," Goldin continued. "As one of the world's most eminent research facilities, Ames has been selected to become NASA's Center of Excellence for information technology. Under Dr. McDonald's leadership Ames will blaze a new broad trail in information systems technology and continue worldwide leadership in airspace operations and astrobiology," Goldin added. "McDonald's demonstrated knowledge and experience in research associated with information systems technologies make him a natural as the Director of the Ames Research Center," Goldin said. "He has extensive knowledge of NASA and industry requirements for information technologies, as well as knowledge of the basic research capability of the academic community." McDonald, formerly the assistant director of computational sciences and professor of mechanical engineering at the Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, earned his bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering and doctorate in engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Before joining Penn State in 1991, McDonald was founder,

president and chief executive officer of Scientific Research Associates, Inc., Glastonbury, CT, where he was also responsible for overall management of the company's computational physics laboratory which specialized in aero-, hydro- and gas dynamics, optical electronics and biomedical research. During this time McDonald was co-inventor of a patented novel ultra-high frequency ventilator which provides life support to critically ill patients suffering from Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). ARDS is a disease that affects over 300,000 people in the United States each year. McDonald and his co-inventors were awarded the Small Businessman of the Year Award for High Technology by the State of Connecticut for this achievement. From 1965 to 1976 McDonald worked as a research engineer for United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT, where he investigated problems concerning heat transfer and gas dynamics relative to aircraft engine performance and design. After graduating from the University of Glasgow, McDonald worked for the British Aircraft Corporation, Warton, England, where he supervised wind tunnel testing, as well as takeoff and landing characteristics of existing and theoretical aircraft designs. McDonald has authored and reviewed many papers on aeronautical research and development, has been a member of several aeronautical associations and has served on several advisory panels within the aeronautical community. He is an accomplished pilot, having trained in the Royal Air Force Reserve, and sailing enthusiast. McDonald and his wife Dr. June McDonald, M.D., are both naturalized U.S. citizens and have three children. -end-