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Senior NASA official to lecture at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (April 7, 2004) -- Axel Roth, the associate director of NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Ala., will deliver a lecture at Ohio University on Wednesday, April 14, at 2:10 p.m. in Stocker Center 103. The lecture is sponsored by Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Axel RothRoth's long and distinguished career with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center spans more than 45 years, during which time he contributed to the Apollo, Skylab, Spacelab and Space Station programs. A native of Germany, he will speak about working as a student at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (the Marshall Space Flight Center's forerunner); and helping lead NASA's various missions. He also will discuss President Bush's new "Exploration Vision" for exploring the solar system.

Roth joined NASA in 1960 as a structures engineer for the Apollo/Saturn program. From 1966 until 1974, his major assignments included systems engineering and operations activities for the Skylab program. He eventually joined the program offices for Spacelab and the Space Station, holding various management and chief engineer positions. In 1994, he assumed the position of deputy director of program development, moving to director in 1995 and then being named director of flight projects directorate in 1999. He assumed his current position in January 2001.

Roth received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Auburn University in 1959 and has completed graduate work in engineering mechanics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has received numerous awards an honors, including NASA's Distinguished Service Medal in 2003, the Presidential Rank Award in 2000 and the NASA Medal for Exceptional Service in 1996.

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Research areas currently receiving significant funding include avionics, distributed and secure computing, fuel cells, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, and environmental pipes and culverts. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/engineering.  

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Media Contacts: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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