Oscar E. Toledo
Deputy Director, Design and Development
Engineering and Technology
Oscar Toledo is the deputy director for Design and Development in the Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. In this position, he assures that all design and development projects are successfully executed in support of the NASA programs at the center.
Toledo joined NASA in 1977 as an electronics engineer in the Shuttle, Launch Processing Systems Division, after graduating from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Fla. In 1982, he moved to the Design Engineering Directorate and served in different positions of increasing technical responsibilities, including lead design engineer, systems engineer, chief engineer and project manager during the development and design of critical ground support equipment and systems for the shuttle and station program elements at KSC. Toledo became the chief of the Special Projects Laboratory in 1989, responsible for the development and design of hardware and software for critical systems.
In 1994, Toledo served as chief of the Advanced Software Development Laboratory. In 1996, Toledo was selected as the associate director for Technology Development, where he was responsible for leading 17 research and development laboratories that developed new technologies and systems to support NASA programs at KSC. In November 2000, Toledo became the director of the Systems Management Office (SMO) and the KSC chief engineer, where he was responsible for cross programs' technical issues and center-level policies for project management, systems engineering and cost estimating.
In 2003, he became the director of Safety, Health and Independent Assessment, and continued to serve as the director of SMO and the KSC chief engineer. He reported to the center director with responsibility for ensuring KSC was a safe workplace and ensuring flight projects' mission success through independent program evaluation. He also reported to the associate administrator, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA Headquarters, with delegated authority for Certificate of Flight Readiness (CoFR) signature for the expendable launch vehicles and the associated spacecraft. In 2004, Toledo was named director of the Independent Technical Authority (TA) and Systems Management Office, while still serving as the KSC chief engineer. In this capacity, he was the official TA warrant holder delegated from the NASA administrator through the NASA chief engineer, for the shuttle ground systems and International Space Station processing systems. In 2005, Toledo became the deputy director, technical, in the Engineering Development Directorate and chief engineer. He was responsible for the design, development and construction of all ground support equipment, facility projects and ground systems at KSC. In 2006, Toledo was the director, Design and Development Engineering Office, reporting to the director, Engineering Directorate. He was responsible for all design and development projects in support of the programs.
Toledo has received numerous awards and honors, including a Silver Snoopy Award, an Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, and Exceptional Service Medals for the development, design and fielding of critical systems in support of NASA programs at KSC.
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