Associate Center Director Vince Chacon is Associate Director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. In that position, assists the center director and deputy director in overall management of the center's operations, including planning, directing, and evaluating programs; formulating and executing policy; and developing, reviewing, and directing integrated strategic plans to ensure cross-organization issues are identified and comprehensive solutions are implemented.
He is charged with developing methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided by the center, identifying barriers to successful deployment of center strategies and partnership design and operations and developing methods to overcome them, as well as developing and implementing systems for measuring the success of strategy, tactics, and partnership at the center level and linking these actions to their influence on agency strategic goals.
Chacon began work at Dryden in 1978 as an electronics engineer. Subsequent posts included chief of Flight Systems from 1990 to 1995; chief of the Systems Engineering Branch, 1995-2000; a previous stint as Safety and Mission Assurance director, 2000-2002; Associate Director for Business Systems, 2002-2003; Deputy Director for Research Systems, 2003-2004; chief of the business office, 2004-2009 and Director of Safety and Mission Assurance from 2010 until accepting his current post in early 2012.
Prior to his service at the center, he was employed at Rockwell International, Palmdale, Calif., in 1976, where he installed and tested instrumentation systems on the space shuttle Enterprise. At the Naval Electronics Systems Engineering Center, San Diego, from 1977 to 1978, he developed automated test systems.
Chacon has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a Master of Science in systems design and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. He is the author of five technical papers.
Honors he has received include the NASA Leadership Medal (1994) and the agency's Exceptional Achievement Medal (2005).