NASA announces Stennis management changes

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Published: March 1,2010

WASHINGTON - Administrator Charles F. Bolden announced today leadership changes involving three of the agency’s field centers, including NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The changes are effective immediately.

Arthur E. “Gene” Goldman, who has been the director of Stennis since November 2008, has been named deputy director of Marshall. Patrick Scheuermann, the deputy director at Stennis will take over as the Stennis director. Stennis houses many of NASA’s rocket propulsion test capabilities and applied science programs. Marshall’s work includes propulsion systems, engineering, science, space operations and other work in support of NASA missions.

Patrick Scheuermann

Patrick Scheuermann

As previously announced, Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., the Glenn center director, has been named the associate administrator for Mission Support at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Ray Lugo, the deputy director at Glenn, has been named acting director. Glenn is distinguished by its unique blend of aeronautics and spaceflight research and development experience.

“As we work to better align NASA for the future, I’m asking proven members of my team to help us reach our goals through their excellent leadership skills,” Bolden said. “I’m grateful that Gene, Patrick, Ray, and Woodrow are willing to step up to these new responsibilities and help make NASA’s future the best it can be.”

Goldman was named Stennis director in 2008. He previously served as deputy director of the center from 2006 to 2008. Before arriving at Stennis, Goldman spent two years as manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project at Marshall. Prior to that, he was deputy manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project for five years. Goldman earned the Registered Professional Engineer-Civil certification in 1983. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University.

Gene Goldman

Gene Goldman

Before being named deputy director of Stennis, Scheuermann was associate director at the center. He previously served as chief operating officer of NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Scheuermann also was deputy director of center operations at Stennis until his move to Michoud. Since joining NASA in 1988 as a propulsion test engineer, he has worked numerous major test projects and also was project manager for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Orleans and has received numerous honors, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal. He was a finalist in NASA’s astronaut candidate selection program in 1998.

At NASA Headquarters, Whitlow will be responsible for most agency management operations, including human capital, budget and systems support as well as a variety of other vital cross agency business, institutional and contract support functions. Whitlow has been the Glenn director since Dec. 25, 2005. Before being named director of Glenn, Whitlow served as the deputy director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Prior to his appointment as deputy director at Kennedy, Whitlow was the director of Research and Technology at Glenn. Whitlow earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lugo was named deputy director of Glenn in November 2007. Prior to becoming the Deputy Director, Lugo served as the Deputy Program Manager of the Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lugo began his NASA career at Kennedy in 1975 as a cooperative education student. Lugo earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1979 from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s Degree in engineering management in 1982 from the Florida Institute of Technology. Lugo has received numerous honors, including two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals and three NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals.

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