For release: 10-28-04
Release #: 04-256
Teresa Vanhooser has been named co-deputy director of the Marshall Center's Engineering Directorate. Vanhooser will help lead an organization that manages the operation of scientific research aboard the International Space Station. The directorate is also responsible for the design, test, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation systems.Photo: Vanhooser (NASA/MSFC)
Teresa Vanhooser has been appointed co-deputy director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Vanhooser will help lead an organization responsible for the design, test, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems, and science instruments and payloads being developed at the Marshall Center.
The directorate also manages the operation of scientific research aboard the International Space Station.
"It's an exciting challenge to step into my new role in the Engineering Directorate," said Vanhooser. "This directorate is going to play a major role in the space program, with such a talented workforce. It will be very exciting to watch the great things we are going to accomplish through the Vision for Space Exploration."
The Vision for Space Exploration calls for NASA to return humans to the Moon, then travel to Mars — and beyond.
As a deputy director of Engineering, Vanhooser will share responsibility with co-deputy Chris Singer for several major NASA programs.
Vanhooser most recently served as deputy director of the Flight Projects Directorate, responsible for project management, design, development, integration, testing, and operations of ground and flight systems for the International Space Station, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and other programs. Previously she managed the Payload Operations and Integration Department, overseeing all Space Station science research experiment operations, payload training and safety programs for the Station crew and ground support personnel.
During her 24 years at NASA, Vanhooser has held a variety of positions, including mission manager of the second ATLAS mission — the Space Shuttle-borne, remote-sensing laboratory that studied the Earth's atmosphere and the Sun's influence on it and our climate system; mission manager of the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 — where 29 experiments were performed in a pressurized Spacelab module onboard the Space Shuttle in 1997; and manager of the Space Station Utilization Office, responsible for the Space Station ExPRESS rack and pallet development and integration, as well as the Space Station payload operations.
Vanhooser is a native of Johnson City, Tenn., where her parents, Denny and Dolores Bowman, still reside. She graduated from University High School in Johnson City in 1976, and earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville in 1980.
In 1986, she earned a master's in Administrative Science and Project Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has since completed numerous executive and management-level training courses.
Vanhooser has received numerous NASA awards, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for her management of the ATLAS-2 mission. She was presented a Silver Snoopy award by the Astronaut Corps for her contributions to the success of human space flight missions for her support — specifically her support of the ATLAS-1 mission. In 2000, she was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Tennessee Technological University's Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.
In 2000, Vanhooser was selected as a member of the Senior Executive Service — an elite corps of men and women who administer public programs at top levels of the federal government.
Vanhooser, her husband Mike, and two daughters, Heather and Holly, reside in Madison, Alabama.
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