For release: 06/21/04
Release #: 04-167
NASA engineer Robert Champion of the Marshall Center has been named NASA's Contracting Officer Technical Representative of the Year by the Office of Procurement at NASA Headquarters in Washington. He earlier received the same recognition for Marshall, awarded by Marshall's Office of Procurement. The awards are presented annually by the Procurement Office, responsible for managing procurements and financial issues for NASA.Photo: Champion (NASA/MSFC)
NASA engineer Robert Champion of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been named NASA's Contracting Officer Technical Representative of the Year by the Office of Procurement at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
He earlier received the same recognition for the Marshall Center, awarded by Marshall's Office of Procurement.
The awards are presented annually by the Procurement Office, which is responsible for managing procurements and financial issues for NASA.
Champion serves as a technical representative between the contracting officer and the contractor for Marshall's Integrated Architecture and Technology Research and Development Space Launch Initiative contract.
The contract is held by Integrated Defense Systems, Phantom Works — a division of McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, in Huntington Beach, Calif. The 260-person Boeing team has designed systems for future vehicle concepts, including some for the International Space Station. As the contracting officer technical representative, or "COTR," Champion is responsible for monitoring the contractor's performance and the delivery of the final product or services.
Champion has been the COTR for the Boeing team since March 2003. Previously, he served as project manager for the Space Launch Initiative's Auxiliary Propulsion Systems.
"Robert is an outstanding COTR project manager and is commended for his professionalism and commitment to NASA and the Marshall Center," said Stephen Beale, director of Marshall's Procurement Office. "His expert knowledge and management skills have been instrumental to the Procurement Office."
Champion is a 1982 graduate of West Blocton High School in West Blocton, Ala. After receiving his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., in 1986, Champion joined the Marshall Center as an engineer in the Program Development Directorate. In 1994, he was promoted to lead engineer in the Propulsion Systems Branch, and later moved to the X-34 Main Propulsion Design Team as the Main Propulsion System Lead System Engineer. He served as manager of Marshall's Internal Relations and Communications Department from 2000-2001.
He has received several NASA honors, including the Marshall Center Director's Commendation in 1988, two Group Achievement Awards and several Special Service Awards. He was selected for a 2001 NASA Fellowship to participate in the Creativity and Innovation in the Organization Program at the University of California in Los Angeles.
Champion and his wife, the former Maria Speakes, reside with their four children in Huntsville.
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