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Roselle Hanson
Former Deputy Director, Technical
Engineering Directorate


Roselle B. Hanson served as the deputy director, Technical, in the Engineering Directorate at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She was responsible for providing executive leadership to a diverse, multi-discipline engineering work force that designs, builds, sustains, operates, maintains, and oversees ground systems and support equipment, and launch vehicle and spacecraft flight systems to meet current and future needs of the Launch Services Program, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Constellation Ground Operations Projects at Kennedy.

Prior to being assigned to this position, Hanson was the Engineering deputy director for Management at Kennedy where she provided executive management, work force and business services for design, development and operational engineering, processing, launch, and landing support for Shuttle, International Space Station, Launch Services and Constellation ground operations programs/projects. She was responsible for negotiating with these programs/projects to establish and provide the multi-discipline, diverse engineering workforce necessary to meet customer requirements.

Hanson began her NASA career in 1987 as an electronics design engineer in the Engineering Development Directorate at Kennedy. She later served as a systems engineer and led the integration and test activities for a system used to test and checkout flight elements of the ISS. Hanson was the chief engineer for two Integrated Vehicle Health Management experiments that flew on STS-95 and STS-96, proving new sensor technologies.

Hanson joined the management ranks in 2001 after serving as mission manager for the ISS truss elements. She managed a team of customer integration managers and laboratories serving the ISS research community. She was project manager for the Orbital Space Plane Launch Site Integration Office at Kennedy.

In 2004, Hanson was assigned to NASA Headquarters in the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Project Office where she led the Phase 1 CEV source evaluation board. She then served as acting CEV deputy and project manager at the Johnson Space Center, leading a civil service team and two contractors in requirements definition and concept design activities.

Born in Benham, Ky., Hanson holds an A.S. in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky, a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in Industrial engineering and management systems from the University of Central Florida. She received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, a NASA Certificate of Recognition, a NASA Certificate of Commendation, and many Group Achievement Awards.

May 2012

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