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For release: 11-01-04
Release #: 04-264  

Laurel, Miss., native Jack Bullman named director of major engineering department at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

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Jack Bullman, a native of Laurel, Miss., has been named director of the Spacecraft and Vehicle Systems Department in the Engineering Directorate at Marshall Center. His appointment is part of a recent realignment intended to position the Marshall Center to better implement the Vision for Space Exploration. In his new position, Bullman leads engineering activities associated with development of spacecraft, launch vehicles, and in-space and planetary transportation vehicles. He also is responsible for large infrastructure facilities that make possible space exploration and science missions.

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Jack Bullman, a native of Laurel, Miss., has been named director of the Spacecraft and Vehicle Systems Department in the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. His appointment is part of a recent realignment intended to position the Marshall Center to better implement the Vision for Space Exploration.

In his new position, Bullman leads engineering activities associated with development of spacecraft, launch vehicles, and in-space and planetary transportation vehicles. He also is responsible for large infrastructure facilities that make possible space exploration and science missions.

Bullman began his NASA career in 1981 at the Marshall Center as an engineer on the Spacelab Payload Operations Team. During his tenure at Marshall, he has served as both deputy vehicle manager and sustaining engineering manager in the International Space Station Program Office, and as acting director of program development for the Marshall Center. From 1999 to earlier this year, he served as manager of the Avionics Department in the Engineering Directorate.

"We have some exciting work ahead of us as we strive to return the Shuttle to flight, keep the International Space Station flying and support the Vision for Space Exploration," Bullman said.

The Vision for Space Exploration calls for a "stepping stone" strategy of human and robotic missions to achieve new exploration goals, starting with returning the Space Shuttle safely to flight and completing the International Space Station.

"I'm looking forward to these challenges as we look to the future while maintaining the fantastic NASA facilities that support space flight," Bullman said.

In addition to numerous NASA awards earned during his career, Bullman received the Presidential Rank Award in 2001 for meritorious service — an honor given yearly by the President of the United States to a small group of career senior executives for exceptional long-term accomplishments.

Bullman graduated in 1971 from West Jones High School in Laurel, Miss. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Mississippi State University in Starkville in 1974. After graduation, he joined McDonnell Douglas Corporation working in Houston, Texas, and St. Louis, Mo. Before joining NASA, Bullman was an engineer with Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville.

The son of Arnold and Azel Bullman of Laurel, Bullman is married to the former Gigi McMillan, who is a native of McComb, Miss. The couple has a son and a daughter. Bullman and his wife reside in Madison, Ala.

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