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For release: 11-01-04
Release #: 04-263  

NASA's James M. Ellis named chief information officer at Marshall Space Flight Center

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NASA's James M. Ellis has been named the Chief Information Officer at the Marshall Center. In this new position, Ellis will report directly to the Center Director and will be responsible for leading and managing Marshall's information technology, infrastructure, and services for the Center's expansive computer and communication network, supervising a staff of some 70 civil servants supported by more than 1000 contractor personnel providing computer and communications systems for Marshall.

Photo: Ellis (NASA/MSFC)



NASA's James M. Ellis has been named the Chief Information Officer at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

In this new position, Ellis will report directly to the Center Director and will be responsible for leading and managing Marshall's information technology, infrastructure, and services for the Center's expansive computer and communication network, supervising a staff of some 70 civil servants supported by more than 1000 contractor personnel providing computer and communications systems for Marshall.

"I'm honored to be a part of the changes going on within NASA and the Marshall Center, changes that will support the fulfillment of the Agency's mission," said Ellis. "All of these changes will help us reach the goals of the Vision for Space Exploration."

Prior to this organizational change, Ellis was the Chief Information Officer within Marshall's Center Operations Directorate, responsible for managing and leading its information technology to ensure computer and communication systems capability and availability to perform an array of engineering, scientific, and business functions.

A Huntsville native, Ellis began his NASA career at the Marshall Center in 1981 as a technical resources manager. Among the Marshall positions he's held are manager of the Space Shuttle Program Planning and Management Systems Office; assistant manager of the Space Shuttle Projects Office; assistant director of the Center Operations Directorate; deputy director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Office; and manager of the Information Service Department.

Prior to joining NASA, Ellis provided operations research, systems analysis and cost analysis for Patriot and other missile systems for the U.S. Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, and for the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard in 1989 as a lieutenant colonel.

Ellis earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1966 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and a master's degree in economics in 1975 from South Dakota State University at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Ellis also received an associate's degree in computer science in 1977 from Enterprise State Junior College in Enterprise, Ala.

Ellis and his wife Chris have three adult children and four grandchildren and live in Huntsville.

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