Chris Singer Named Director of NASA Marshall Center’s Engineering Directorate
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Chris Singer has been appointed director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
Singer will lead an organization of 1,400 civil service and 1,200 support contractor employees responsible for the design, test, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems and science instruments, along with payloads under development at the Marshall Center.
Singer began his NASA career in 1983 as a rocket engine specialist in the Marshall Center's Structures and Propulsion Laboratory. He became a supervisor team leader in the Liquid Propulsion Branch in 1991, and in 1992 served a one-year assignment 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, he 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. In 2000, he was appointed chief engineer in the Space Transportation Directorate and in 2002 was named its deputy director. In 2003, he was named acting director of the Space Transportation Directorate.
Singer was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in April 2000. He served as deputy director of Marshall’s Engineering Directorate from 2004 to 2011. He also has authored several papers on space transportation systems.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Singer earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. In 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives – the highest honor for career federal employees. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2001 for his leadership, technical contributions and exceptional service as deputy director of the Space Transportation Directorate. In 1989, he received a Silver Snoopy Award from the Astronaut Corps for his contributions to the success of human space flight missions.
Singer is married to the former Jody Adams of Hartselle, Ala. They have three children and live in Decatur, Ala. › Photo
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