Stephen F. Cash Appointed to Senior Executive Service; Named NASA Marshall Center Deputy Manager of Shuttle Propulsion Office
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
News release: 06-095
Stephen F. Cash has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service position of deputy manager, Shuttle Propulsion Office, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The Senior Executive Service is the personnel system that covers most of the top managerial, supervisory and policy positions in the executive branch of the federal government.
In his new position, Cash helps lead the organization responsible for the manufacture, assembly and operation of the primary shuttle propulsion elements: the main engines, external tank, solid rocket boosters and reusable solid rocket motors.
Cash served as shuttle propulsion chief engineer at Marshall from December 2005 until appointment to his current position in June 2006. He was responsible for the technical acceptability of shuttle propulsion elements and led all chief engineers in the Shuttle Propulsion Office.
Cash began his NASA career at the Marshall Center in 1983 as a stress analyst in the Structures and Propulsion Laboratory. In 1985, he was assigned to the Solid Rocket Booster Redesign Team, in charge of the transient pressure full scale test article. He became manager of the Advanced Solid Rocket Booster Case Subsystem in 1989.
He returned to the Redesigned Solid Rocket Motor Office in 1993, serving in the positions of subsystem manager, branch manager and chief engineer. He was named deputy manager of the Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Project in 2000.
Beginning in 2003, Cash spent a year at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., serving as assistant to the launch manager, focused on return to flight launch issues.
In February 2005, Cash was appointed NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) chief engineer at Marshall. He led a team that performs independent and in-depth technical reviews in support of NESC personnel.
Cash has received numerous awards during his NASA career, including an Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1997 for significant contributions to NASA’s space shuttle mission. He received a Silver Snoopy Award from the Astronaut Corps in 1992 for contributions to the success of human space flight missions. In 1988, he was awarded a Marshall Center Director's Commendation for contributions to the Solid Rocket Booster Redesign Team. He also has received five Special Service Awards and numerous Marshall Center Group Achievement Awards.
A native of Huntsville, Cash received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1981 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He also completed courses at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass., including "Strategic Decision Making," in July 2004; "Managing People for Maximum Performance," in June 2004; "Assessing and Refining Your Leadership Style," in March 2004; and "Promoting Innovation and Organizational Change," in March 2001.
Cash, and his wife, the former Pam Jones of Dadeville, Ala., reside in Huntsville with their two children.