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Provost, Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. James H. Newman
Acting Provost, Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California

Dr. James H. Newman assumed the position of Acting Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School on October 5, 2015.

Newman came to NPS’ Space Systems Academic Group in 2006 as a NASA Visiting Professor. He subsequently transferred from NASA in 2008 to the Department of the Navy to accept a tenure-track professorship at NPS.  He has continued to teach orbital mechanics and launch systems and perform applied infrastructure research in the use of very small satellites for focused projects of national interest and for motivating hands-on, officer student educational opportunities.

NASA selected Newman into its astronaut program in 1990.  Newman’s space flight experience includes four missions aboard the Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavour, and Columbia. Notably, he logged 43 days in space, including six spacewalks totaling 43 hours.  On the spacewalks he installed mission critical equipment on the International Space Station and worked on the Hubble Space Telescope.  As the robotic arm operator, he also deployed and retrieved satellites.

At NASA since 1985, he worked first as an instructor in the Mission Operations Directorate training astronauts and flight controllers in the fields of control and propulsion.  Then, Newman served in the Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch, the Mission Development Branch, and as the Chief of the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch. While in the Astronaut Office, he also served the Space Shuttle Program Office for two years, when he was responsible for managing the Shuttle Robotic Arm and the Space Vision System. Before coming to NPS, he spent three years in Moscow, Russia working for the International Space Station (ISS) Program Office as NASA’s Human Space Flight Program Director in Russia.

Newman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and a Master of Arts degree and Doctorate in Physics from Rice University in 1982 and 1984, respectively. After graduating from Rice University in 1984, Newman performed post-doctoral research and remains an adjunct professor in Rice’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.


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