Dr. Jaiwon Shin

NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

Associate Administrator

Dr. Jaiwon Shin is the associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), a position which he has held since 2008. Shin manages the agency’s aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction, including research in advanced air vehicle concepts, airspace operations and safety, integrated aviation systems, and the nurturing and development of transformative concepts for aviation. Shin co-chairs the National Science & Technology Council’s Aeronautics Science & Technology Subcommittee whose charter is to facilitate coordination and collaboration among the federal departments and agencies that fund aeronautics-related research. The subcommittee wrote the nation’s first presidential policy for aeronautics research and development (R&D). The policy was established by Executive Order 13419 in December 2006 and will guide U.S. aeronautics R&D programs through 2020.

He is the current chair of the International Forum for Aviation Research, the world’s only aviation research establishment network, with 26 member countries that seeks to connect research organizations and enable information exchange on aviation challenges of common interest.

Between May 2004 and January 2008, Shin served as deputy associate administrator for the ARMD, where he was instrumental in restructuring NASA’s aeronautics program to focus on fundamental research and better align with the nation’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

Prior to coming to work at NASA Headquarters, Shin served as chief of the Aeronautics Projects Office at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. In this position he managed all of the center’s aeronautics projects. Prior to this, he was Glenn’s deputy director of aeronautics, where he provided executive leadership for the planning and implementation of Glenn’s aeronautics program, and interfaced with NASA Headquarters, other NASA centers, and external customers to explore and develop technologies in aeropropulsion, aviation safety and security, and airspace systems.

Between 1998 and 2002, Shin served as chief of the Aviation Safety Program Office, as well as the deputy program manager for NASA’s Aviation Safety Program, and Airspace Systems Program. He assisted both program directors in planning and research management.