Steven G. Schmidt
Steven G. Schmidt is the Assistant Director for Strategic Implementation at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. He leads efforts to analyze and recommend the appropriate action for the effective integration or transformation of strategy, policy, and planning functions within the Center. He is responsible for pursuing and maintaining mutually beneficial, long-term strategic partnerships and collaborative agreements for Dryden.
Schmidt previously served as the Director of Safety and Mission Assurance at Dryden, responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all activities necessary to ensure that proper safety policies, objectives, processes, and standards were established, adhered to, and maintained. He also served on Dryden's Airworthiness and Flight Safety Re-view Board that provides independent assessment of each flight project’s readiness to proceed to flight.
Schmidt previously served as director of the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., from 2008 through 2011. Prior to this senior-level position, he served as deputy center director at NASA Dryden from August 2004 to 2008.
Schmidt joined NASA Dryden in November 1994 as a project manager. He was involved in the X-33, the X-38, the X-43A, the F-15 Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles and the SR-71 projects. He became deputy associate director for planning in 2001.
From January 2002 through August 2004, Schmidt was a special assistant to the NASA Administrator in Washington, D.C., serving as executive director for the President's Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy. He also served as executive secretary for management on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and as executive assistant for the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force.
Before joining NASA, Schmidt was employed by Rockwell International Corp. as an aerospace engineer in the company's space shuttle manufacturing operations facility in Palmdale. In 1984, he became a project and flight test engineer in the full-scale development and flight testing of the Rockwell B-1B aircraft. He was later involved in the X-30 National Aerospace Plane pro-gram, the C-27 competition, several weapons development programs, and was lead flight test engineer on the X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability program.
Schmidt's aerospace engineering career began in 1977 at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, and included work with the A-10, F-4, F-16, F-111, B-1A/B and B-52.
He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He completed a fellowship in the National Security Studies program and earned a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.