Stephen C. Doering, Marshall Space Flight Center, Michoud Assembly Facility
Associate Program Manager, Constellation Program
Stephen C. Doering is the associate program manager for the Constellation Program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He also serves as acting transition manager at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
Named acting transition manager of the Michoud facility in July 2009, Mr. Doering oversees and manages the manufacturing facility as it transitions work from the Space Shuttle Program to the Constellation Program. The Constellation Program is responsible for developing the new fleet of Ares rockets, as well as the Orion crew capsule and the Altair lunar lander that will send explorers to the International Space Station, the moon and beyond.
Named associate program manager for the Constellation Program in October 2008, Mr. Doering serves as the Marshall Center director’'s representative to the Constellation Program. He leads all of Marshall’'s Constellation program efforts, providing guidance for Ares Projects management in the execution of all program-level systems engineering and integration; safety and mission assurance; testing and verification; and service module and launch abort systems.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Doering served in numerous positions with NASA and aerospace contractors. From 2003 to 2008, he was manager of the Extravehicular Activity Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he was responsible for overseeing the entire range of NASA program, personnel and business activities related to spacewalking.
He served as deputy manager of the office from 2001 to 2003 and as team lead for its Integration & Operations Group from 1999 to 2001. In that role, he was responsible for the technical integration of spacewalk requirements for the Space Shuttle Program and the International Space Station Program, tasked with ensuring complete system functionality and mission success.
From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Doering was an environmental and life support systems flight controller in the Systems Division of the Mission Operations Directorate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. From 1992 to 1993, he was lead of the Maintenance and Mechanical Systems Section in the Space Station Systems Division at Johnson. From 1989 to 1992, he was an extravehicular activities flight controller in Johnson's Mission Operations Directorate.
From 1987 to 1989, as a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton, in McLean, Va., Mr. Doering was an assembly operations manager for the Space Station Freedom Program. He was responsible for coordinating and developing the International Space Station assembly sequence.
He was a flight operations senior engineer from 1986 to 1987 for Hernandez Engineering, a NASA contractor in Houston. He was assigned to the German Space Agency in Cologne, Germany, where he was responsible for space shuttle integration of the German Space Lab 2 Mission. Space Lab 2 was a joint NASA-German Space Agency mission dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of life sciences, material sciences, Earth observation and robotics.
Mr. Doering began his association with NASA as a contractor for Rockwell Space Operations Co. at the Johnson Center from 1983 to 1986, where he was a space shuttle flight controller in the Mission Operations Directorate.
Mr. Doering earned a bachelor’'s degree in aerospace engineering in 1983 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
In 2005, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service – the personnel system covering top managerial positions in approximately 75 federal agencies. He has received a number of NASA awards including a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2006 for contributions made toward the development and execution of the unprecedented contingency spacewalks conducted during STS-114, and a Johnson Space Center Certificate of Commendation in 2002. In 1995, he received a Silver Snoopy Award – a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success – for outstanding performance and contributions on spacewalks performed during the STS-37 mission.
Mr. Doering was born in Helena, Ala., and raised in South Bend, Ind. He and his wife, the former Kimberly S. Broderick of Pittsburgh, Pa., and their two daughters Kelsey and Jaclyn, reside in Huntsville.
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