In his new capacity, Dr Shin will be managing the agency's aeronautics research portfolio and guiding its strategic direction. This portfolio clubs research in the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety and the nation's airspace system. ''Jaiwon brings expert knowledge of aeronautics and technology to a critical position at NASA,'' NASA Administrator Michael Griffin was quoted as saying by a sciece portal. ''He's helped develop the aeronautics research roadmap for the 21st century. His leadership of the directorate will assure our continued recognition as the world's premiere aeronautics research organisation,'' he added.
Prior to this, Dr Shin worked as the deputy associate administrator for aeronautics at the Center.
Before coming to NASA Headquarters in 2004, Dr Shin served as chief of the aeronautics projects office at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
He holds extensive experience in high speed research and icing, and has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical and journal papers.
''I am honoured to have been chosen for this position and look forward to building on the strong foundation that my predecessor, Lisa Porter, established for NASA aeronautics,'' Shin said.