David F. Young

Photo David Young
Advisory Board Member

NASA Langley Research Center Director, Science Directorates

As the Director of Science at the NASA Langley Research Center, Mr. Young leads a diverse team composed of scientists, engineers, and supporting disciplines that is dedicated to accomplishing NASA’s goal of advancing our understanding of Earth to improve the quality of life on our home planet. The research portfolio includes satellite and aircraft-based missions designed to improve our knowledge of changes in the Earth’s atmosphere and how those changes affect public health, air quality, our economy, and national security. Mr. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. His research career has been focused on the generation of reliable climate records from satellite observations that can be used to benefit the public through informed policy decisions. He is the author or co-author of over 55 peer-reviewed science publications and he received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his pioneering work on climate data records. When not at work, Mr. Young enjoys spending time with his wife and two adult sons. Despite ample evidence to the contrary, he remains eternally optimistic about Philadelphia sports teams.