SILVERSTEIN, ABE (1908–2001), U.S. aeronautical engineer. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Silverstein worked as an aerodynamic research engineer for the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics from 1929 to 1940, concentrating on problems concerning full-scale wind tunnels. From 1945 to 1949 he was chief of both this division and the flight research division. Silverstein was chief of research (1949–52) and then assistant director (1952–58). He was director of space flight programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from 1958 until 1961, when he became director of the nasa Lewis Research Center. After his retirement in 1969 he was the director of Environmental Planning at the Republic Steel Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as a technical adviser for the Lake Erie International Jetport Task Force.
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