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Miguel A. Rodriguez
Former Deputy Director for Management
Engineering Directorate


Miguel A. Rodriguez formerly served as deputy director for Management, Engineering Directorate, at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He was responsible for providing executive management, workforce and business services for operational engineering, processing, launch and landing support for Space Shuttle, International Space Stations, Launch Services and Constellation ground operations programs/projects. He was responsible for negotiating with the programs/projects and establishing the program/projects operational and sustaining engineering support.

Prior to being assigned to this position, Rodriguez was the director of the Operational Systems Engineering Office at Kennedy. He was responsible for providing executive management and was the primary customer's and stakeholder's interface for all operational systems and services (e.g., ground support equipment, ground systems used in support of flight hardware processing, and flight systems) supported by the Engineering Directorate. He also provided program and project chief engineers to lead the engineering support activities. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since November 2002.

Rodriguez joined NASA in 1976 and began his career at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., as a mechanical design engineer. He transferred to Kennedy in November 1978 and held several key positions with the responsibility of preparing several facilities and providing the capabilities for processing shuttle payloads.

He joined the management ranks in 1990 and held several positions of increasing responsibility managing experiment integration, project engineering and operations. He served as the chief, Space Station Re-supply/Return and Shuttle Payloads Division where he was responsible for the management and direction of engineering and operations activities associated with the preparation of the International Space Station re-supply/return elements and space shuttle payloads.

In 2002, Rodriguez transferred to Stennis Space Center for four years where he held several executive positions including director of Center Operations, director of the Engineering and Science Directorate, and acting program manager for the Rocket Propulsion Test Program.

Rodriguez's awards include two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the Kennedy Leadership Award, the NASA Silver Snoopy Award, and a NASA Certificate of Commendation for leadership efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Engineering Campus. He also completed post-graduate courses in engineering management from the University of Central Florida.

May 2012

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