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For release: 09-03-04
Release #: 04-225  

NASA Marshall Center's Wendell Colberg selected for Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program

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Wendell Colberg, assistant manager of the Materials, Processes and Manufacturing Department in the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been selected for NASA's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.

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The program prepares qualified employees for job openings in NASA's Senior Executive Service, a personnel system covering most top managerial and policy positions in the executive branch of the federal government.

Implemented in 1993, the development program features a series of formal courses, seminars and developmental work assignments, and experience in managing an organization. A current Senior Executive Service member also mentors each participant. The program, which normally requires 18 to 30 months to complete, is the only program that certifies and qualifies people to enter the Senior Executive Service upon graduation. Only 35 people from across NASA will begin the program this fall, selected from 330 NASA applicants, including 71 who applied from the Marshall Center.

"It's an honor to become a part of this esteemed program," said Colberg. "The experience will be invaluable. My goal will be to strengthen my leadership skills so that I may best serve NASA and the Marshall Center."

Colberg has been a materials engineer at the Marshall Center since joining NASA in 1980. The Materials, Processes and Manufacturing Department develops new materials and manufacturing techniques used in the design of spacecraft and payloads for space. In his current position, Colberg helps oversee more than 160 civil service and contract employees in the Engineering Directorate, which provides engineering analysis, design, and testing and development for programs such as the International Space Station and Space Shuttle.

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Colberg earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1979 from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. He received his master's degree in engineering management in 1984 from the Florida Institute of Technology in Huntsville and a master's degree in management science in 1992 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. There, he was a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a highly competitive scholarship awarded by MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Colberg and his wife have two children and live in Huntsville.

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