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Jackie E. Smith
Former Director, Electronic Engineering

Jackie E. Smith is the Director, Electronic Engineering within the Engineering Development Directorate at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA. He is responsible for the engineering, design, and acquisition of electronic equipment for the Center.

Smith is tasked with developing the Test, Control, and Monitor System (TCMS) for the International Space Station Program. He currently oversees all system development, changes, and management reviews. Development of specialized measurement systems is also included in Mr. Smith’s responsibilities.

Before assuming his present position, Smith was the KSC Director, Safety and Reliability and in 1994, was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Medal for his contributions. Mr. Smith also served as chief engineer for the Office of Space Flight while on special assignment to NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC in 1991 and 1992. In 1989, he received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for Return-To-Flight activities during his four years as Director, Shuttle Engineering following the Shuttle Challenger accident.

From 1963 to 1971, he served in the Gemini and Apollo programs as a lead systems engineer and lead command and service module spacecraft project engineer. He then held supervisory positions as Chief, Experiments Section; Chief, Automated Checkout Equipment Section; Chief, Shuttle Payload Instrumentation Systems Section; and, Chief, Shuttle Instrumentation Branch.

He was serving as Chief, Electrical and Telecommunications Systems Division within the Shuttle Engineering Directorate prior to being named to the position of Deputy Director, Shuttle Engineering. In 1986, he was promoted to Director, Vehicle Engineering.

He was also awarded an Exceptional Service Medal in 1974, for his work on the Skylab Program, as well as numerous Achievement and Commendation Awards.

Before joining NASA, Smith was a commissioned officer in the U. S. Air Force assigned to the Research and Development Command.

Smith was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1959, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He and his wife Imogene live in Titusville, Florida and have three sons.

February 1997

Biographies - Former Employees