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For release: 06/03/04
Release #: 04-159  

Arthur Eugene (Gene) Goldman named manager of Space Shuttle Main Engine Project; Michael Kynard is deputy manager

Arthur (Gene) Goldman has been named manager of the Main Engine Project in the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office at the Marshall Center. Michael Kynard was named deputy manager of the project.


Arthur Eugene (Gene) Goldman has been named manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project in NASA's Space Shuttle Propulsion Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Michael Kynard was named deputy manager.

Goldman had been the deputy manager for the Main Engine Project; he succeeds George Hopson, who has taken a lead position with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center. In assuming this new position, Goldman 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 Russell, Miss., near Meridian, Goldman is responsible for the management of design, production and operation of the Space Shuttle Main Engines — a $300 million project with more than 1,000 employees in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and California.

He joined NASA's Marshall Center in 1990 in the Space Shuttle Systems Management and Integration Office, where he became supervisor in 1992. In 1994, Goldman moved to the Shuttle Main Engine Project Office to oversee the manufacturing of main engine components. Over the years he has held progressively challenging positions in the Main Engine Project Office, including technical assistant to the project manager and business manager. He was named deputy manager of the Main Engine Project in 1998.

Prior to coming to NASA, Goldman worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority at the Hartsville Nuclear Plant in Hartsville, Tenn., and Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Decatur, Ala.; and with Gulf State Utilities in Baton Rouge, La.

He has received a number of NASA service awards, including a NASA Certificate of Appreciation and the Marshall Center Director's Commendation.

Goldman is a graduate of Meridian Community College in Meridian, Miss., and received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

Kynard began his career with NASA in 1985 as a cooperative education student. In 1989, he became the science and engineering lead for the Main Engine testing program at John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Kynard has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal; NASA's Silver Snoopy Award, given by the Astronaut Corps for outstanding support of the Human Space Flight Program and the Marshall Space Flight Center Director's Commendation.

A native of Moundville, Ala., Kynard graduated from Hale County High School in Moundville. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1987.

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