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For release: 12/16/03
Release #: 03-212  

David Martin named NASA Solid Rocket Booster project manager, Thomas Williams is new deputy manager

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David M. Martin has been named manager of the Solid Rocket Booster Project in the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office at the Marshall Center. Thomas J. Williams was named deputy manager. Martin also has been designated to the federal government's Senior Executive Service.

Photo: Martin (left), Williams (NASA/MSFC)


David M. Martin has been named manager of the Solid Rocket Booster Project in NASA's Space Shuttle Propulsion Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Thomas J. Williams was named deputy manager.

Martin had been the Solid Rocket Booster deputy project manager; he succeeds Parker Counts, who retired. In assuming this new position, Martin also has been designated 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.

A native of Huntsville, Martin began his NASA career in 1981 as a cooperative education student working on rotational assignments between the Marshall Center and NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Martin attended Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1983. He then joined Marshall full-time as an electronics hardware design engineer in the Science and Engineering Directorate. He later served as a Microgravity Experiment Chief Engineer under Marshall's Associate Director for Space. In 1987 he joined the External Tank Project.

In 1988, Martin moved to the Solid Rocket Booster Project, working in several positions at the Marshall and Kennedy centers. He was named deputy project manager in 1999.

Martin has received NASA's Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award -- the highest form of recognition bestowed upon an employee by the NASA Space Flight Awareness Program-- the Silver Snoopy Award (the highest honor from NASA astronauts) and a Marshall Center Director's Commendation.

Williams began his NASA career in 1983 at the Marshall Center as a co-op student working as a nozzle systems engineer for the Structures and Propulsion Laboratory.

In 1989, Williams joined the chief engineer's office in the Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Project Office as the test manager. During his tenure as test manager he oversaw development and qualification tests on the motor, including the first three large-scale motor firings conducted at the Marshall Center.

In 1994, Williams was named nozzle subsystem manager for the motor project and, in 2000, he was chosen as the design team lead responsible for the technical design of the reusable motor.

Williams was selected for a temporary assignment at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in June 2002. There he served as technical assistant to the Space Shuttle program manager, coordinating activities from NASA centers that work with human spaceflight. In January 2003, Williams returned to Marshall and was chosen to serve as technical assistant to the deputy manager of the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office.

Williams, a native of Huntsville, earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University in 1987. He has received numerous awards, including a Marshall Center Director's Commendation, and was selected as a NASA Space Flight Awareness Honoree.

NASA's Space Shuttle Propulsion Office is responsible for design, development, flight readiness and performance of propulsion systems for the Space Shuttle, including the Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters. The Solid Rocket Boosters, along with the Reusable Solid Rocket Motors, help lift each Space Shuttle vehicle into orbit. The boosters provide more than 80 percent of the Shuttle's thrust during the first two minutes of ascent.


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