National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
David E. Taylor
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David E. Taylor is the deputy director of the Plum Brook Management Office at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, a 6,400 acre site located 50 miles west of Cleveland. Selected to this position on July 6, 2008, Taylor manages the day-to-day operations of Plum Brook's five world-class space environment and propulsion test facilities and the on-site workforce consisting of about a dozen civil servants and 100 support contractors.
Prior to his current assignment, Taylor served as facility manager for the Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility (B-2) complex at Plum Brook Station, where he was responsible for all aspects of the maintenance and operation of that facility, including a major facility refurbishment program. B-2 is the only facility in the world capable of testing full-scale upper-stage launch vehicles and rocket engines under simulated space and/or high-altitude conditions.
Prior to coming to Glenn, Taylor worked at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His most recent assignment there was program and facility manager for the Advanced Technology Development Center, a ground and flight test and demonstration facility.
Taylor began his NASA career as a shuttle payloads mechanical engineer involved in the build-up, test, and launch of several space shuttle payloads including the first Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission and the first SpaceHab Mission. In addition to managing several projects over the years, Taylor served as the Kennedy Space Center Resident Manager at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., advising new launch vehicle development programs.
Taylor has received several awards over the course of his career, including two NASA Certificates of Commendation, a Turning Goals into Reality Award, an Exploration Appreciation Award, a Silver Snoopy and a Manned Flight Awareness Honoree award.
Taylor graduated from The Ohio State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.