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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, Va., appointed Sandra H. Magnus, PhD, its new executive director, effective Oct. 22. Magnus will leave NASA Astronaut Corps to join AIAA. Her NASA career began in 1996. She flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, last year. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months. Following her assignment on Station she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. Before joining NASA she worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft on military aircraft programs. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She earned a PhD in materials science and engineering at Georgia Tech. She has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. She succeeds Maj. Gen. Robert S. Dickman, USAF-ret.
Shawn Taylor Zelman is now executive director of Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (W.net), Mclean, Va. Zelman joined W.net’s management company, Coulter, in 2004. In 2007, Zelman was named senior director and handled communications and chapter relations for the National Association of Women Business Owners. She also worked closely with the American Society of Women Accountants while at Coulter. She is pursing a PhD in organizational management and behavior through Capella University.