National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
William R. (Randy) Humphries
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William R. (Randy) Humphries, Jr. serves as the Chief Information Officer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In this position, he is responsible for advocating, managing, and implementing information technology investments and infrastructure at Glenn. Mr. Humphries has a broad scope of responsibility, including managing administrative telecommunications, desktop computing, computer graphics and visualization; computer modeling and simulation; and high-end computing and networking.
Prior to this appointment, Humphries served as Deputy Director for Glenn's Space Flight Systems Directorate. In this position, he was responsible for center-level planning, organizing, and directing of activities required to accomplish the directorate’s responsibility to manage, conceptualize, develop, and integrate flight and ground systems in support of NASA’s exploration and science objectives. Before coming to Glenn, Humphries served as manager, Exploration and Space Operations at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).
Humphries joined NASA in 1991 working instrumentation on the Space Station Freedom program. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including lead instrumentation engineer for the space shuttle main engine at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, subsystem manager for the solid rocket booster project at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, manager for space shuttle propulsion upgrades and deputy director of the Program Development Directorate at NASA's Stennis Space Center.
During his career, Humphries has garnered skills in leading people, forming internal and external collaborations, and using keen business insight. His accomplishments include successfully managing the implementation of the $3 billion Space Shuttle Safety Upgrade Program, leading the on-schedule launch of the $700 million Agency Pluto mission, and assembling a new organization at Marshall to support the International Space Station (ISS) and space exploration.
Humphries received his bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1982.
His awards include NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal and the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award.