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For release: 03/10/03
Release #: 03-035


Rick Helmick named to key NASA information technology position

Photo description: Rick Helmick

Rick Helmick, a longtime employee at the Marshall Center, has been named deputy chief information officer for operations, and program executive for the NASA Information Services Systems Utility. In his new position, Helmick leads the development and operation of NASA-wide information technology services.


Photo: Rick Helmick (NASA/MSFC)


Richard A. (Rick) Helmick, a longtime employee at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been named deputy chief information officer for operations, and program executive for the NASA Information Services Systems Utility.

In his new job, Helmick is responsible for leading development and operation of NASA-wide information technology services. He also will implement a new computer network to consolidate the space agency’s existing information technology services at NASA Headquarters and the 10 NASA field centers across the country.

Helmick will perform the functions of his new job from the Marshall Center.

Helmick joined the Marshall Center in 1981 and then became the network systems division chief in the Communications Office in 1982.  In 1987, he was named systems engineering and applications division chief in the Information Systems Office, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of Marshall’s information technology systems, and agency’s communications network. In 1996, he became deputy manager of the Information Services Department, a position he held until this promotion. Prior to joining NASA, Helmick was a civilian communications project engineer for nine years with the U.S. Army.

Helmick is a native of Salem, W.Va., and graduated from Salem College with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1969.  He earned a master’s degree in 1977 in electrical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. 

Federal Computer Week magazine recently named Helmick among the top 100 executives from government, industry and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2002.

Helmick is married with two sons and one grandson.

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