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For release: 10-28-04
Release #: 04-257  

Chris Singer named co-deputy director of Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Center

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Chris Singer has been appointed co-deputy director of the Engineering Directorate at the Marshall Center. Singer will help lead the team responsible for the design, testing, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems, science instruments and payload development.

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Chris Singer has been appointed co-deputy director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

In his new position, Singer will help lead the Marshall directorate responsible for the design, testing, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems, science instruments and payloads being developed at the Marshall Center.

Singer will share leadership of several major NASA programs with the directorate's co-deputy, Teresa Vanhooser. The directorate also supports payload and science operations for the International Space Station, assists in training crews to operate Space Station science experiments and operates the control center for those experiments.

"This new role has many exciting opportunities and challenges that I look forward to being a part of," said Singer. "The work being done in the Engineering Directorate is critical to the Vision for Space Exploration, which starts with safely returning the Shuttle to flight and completing the International Space Station." The Vision calls for NASA to return humans to the Moon, then travel to Mars — and beyond.

Singer, a native of Nashville, Tenn., previously served as acting director of the Marshall Center's Space Transportation Directorate.

A 1983 graduate of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He joined the Marshall Center in 1983 as a rocket engine specialist in the Structures and Propulsion Laboratory. Eight years later, Singer led the Liquid Propulsion team responsible for the design, testing and flight of large, liquid-propelled rocket engines, such as the Space Shuttle Main Engine.

In 1992, Singer began a year-long term at NASA Headquarters in Washington as senior manager for the Space Shuttle Main Engine and External Tank in the Space Shuttle Support Office.

In 1994, Singer returned to the Marshall Center as technical assistant to the Space Shuttle Main Engine project manager, supervising development and implementation of safety improvements and upgrades to Shuttle propulsion components. Four years later, he was named Space Shuttle Main Engine Chief for Requirements and Integration. In 2000, he was appointed chief engineer in the Space Transportation Directorate. Two years later, Singer was named deputy director of Space Transportation. He was named acting director in 2003.

Singer received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2001 for his leadership abilities, technical contributions and exceptional service as deputy of the Space Transportation Directorate. He received Marshall Center Director's Commendations in 1988 and 1995 for his work with the Space Shuttle main engine. In 1989, Singer was presented with a Silver Snoopy Award by the Astronaut Corps for his contributions to the success of human space flight missions.

Singer, his wife Jody and their three children live in Decatur, Ala.

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