For release: 12/05/03
Release #: 03-206
Steven D. Pearson has been named deputy manager of the Avionics Department in the Engineering Directorate at the Marshall Center. He also has been appointed to the federal government's Senior Executive Service. Pearson began his NASA career as an engineering co-op student in 1979 and is a second-generation NASA employee.Photo: Pearson (NASA/MSFC)
Steven D. Pearson has been named deputy manager of the Avionics Department in the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville , Ala.
Pearson also has been appointed to the federal government's Senior Executive Service — the personnel system that covers most of the top managerial, supervisory and policy positions in the executive branch of the federal government.
He will assist in leading more than 200 NASA team members who work on research, design, development, testing and verification of advanced flight and ground support avionics systems. These systems include all of the electrical and electronic hardware and software necessary for avionics architectures and their associated flight and ground support.
Since 1999 Pearson has served as manager of the Engineering Technology Development Office and chief technologist in the Engineering Directorate.
He began his career at NASA in 1979 as an engineering co-op student at the Marshall Center . Pearson joined the agency full-time as an electrical engineer in 1981 and became the team lead for the Electromagnetic Compatibility and Lightning Safety Protection Team in 1991. He was named branch chief for the Electromagnetics and Aerospace Environments Branch in 1993 and program manager of NASA's Space Environments and Effects program in 1995 — an effort that identifies effects from the harsh environments of space, and development of ways to control or alleviate the problems.
Pearson is a second-generation NASA employee. His father, Pete was a mechanical engineering technician at the Marshall Center during the Apollo and Skylab era.
Pearson received NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal in July 2003 for development of state-of-the-art advanced technologies in support of NASA programs and projects.
In 2002, Pearson was named an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the nation's largest society devoted to the advancement of aviation, space and defense. The institute also recognized Pearson in 1998 with its Holger Toftoy award for outstanding technical management in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. Pearson represents the Marshall Center on the institute's Technical Committee on Management.
Pearson, a Huntsville native, received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1981. He earned his master's degree in engineering management from the Florida Institute of Technology in Huntsville in 1986.
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