Editor's note: NASA Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Lisa Porter is leaving NASA to be the Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). Her last day will be 1 February 2008.
Jaiwon Shin will be the acting AA for Aeronautics.
No doubt the Market Inn (directions) will be jammed at COB on 1 February with sad HQ personnel.
Internal email from Lisa Porter below:
From: Porter, Lisa (HQ-EA000)
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 10:21 AM
To: [huge list]
I wanted to have the opportunity to tell all of you this in person, but things are moving quickly and I do not want you to hear it from others, so I am unfortunately put in the position of having to send you an email.
I have been offered a really exciting opportunity to be the first Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which will sponsor innovative research that will yield revolutionary game-changing capabilities for the intelligence community.
While I am very excited about this new opportunity, I am of course saddened by the thought of having to say goodbye to each of you. I have enjoyed working with all of you, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished together.
Jaiwon will become the Acting AA when I leave. My last day will likely be Friday, February 1. Final logistics details are still being worked out.
We will talk much more about this in the coming days. But I wanted to be sure you heard this from me first. I will be back in the office Thursday.