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NRL Appoints Stephen Meier as Director of Naval Center for Space Technology

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Stephen Meier
Stephen Meier Director NCST

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has appointed Stephen Meier, a three-decade federal government and private industry veteran, as director of its Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST) in a string of executive leadership appointments.

Meier will be responsible for managing the center and its efforts to develop spacecraft systems and ground command-and-control terminals, NRL said Thursday.

His public sector career includes time as director of NASA's crosscutting capability demonstration division and as office deputy director within the National Reconnaissance Office's advanced systems and technology directorate.

He also worked as a technical director at Perspecta, vice president of new business initiatives at Lockheed Martin and a senior scientist at Raytheon earlier in his career.

The laboratory also named three superintendents to manage its information technology, materials science and technology and acoustics divisions.

Stanley Chincheck, most recently director of NRL's Center for High Assurance Computer Systems, will lead the IT unit responsible for research and development projects in areas such as artificial intelligence, information assurance, knowledge management and cybersecurity.

Virginia DeGiorgi, formerly an NRL section head, will oversee the division that conducts research into materials and new technology concepts intended to transform warfighter capability.

Brian Houston, a research scientist at the laboratory, will spearhead acoustics research initiatives across five areas that include undersea signal processing and autonomous and distributed systems.

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