Dr. Kurt "Spuds" Vogel has been appointed as the new associate administrator of NASA's

The announcement was made by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and Vogel's appointment is effective immediately.

Vogel succeeds James Reuter, who retired from the agency in June 2023.

Dr. Prasun Desai, who served as the acting associate administrator, will now return to his previous role as deputy associate administrator for STMD.

Prior to this role, Vogel served as the director of space architectures within the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters.

Before joining NASA, he spent six years at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

leading innovative research in areas such as stealth technology, electronic warfare, air-space integration, and space control systems.

Vogel holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology

– Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy.