South Bend, Ind., Native Stephen C. Doering Named Director of NASA Marshall Center's Office of Center Operations
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Stephen C. Doering, a native of South Bend, Ind., recently was appointed director of the Office of Center Operations at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Named to the position in February 2012, he oversees 127 specialized civil service and some 700 contract employees. The Office of Center Operations provides services to the Marshall Center that include industrial labor relations, environmental engineering and occupational health, facility management and operations, logistics and transportation, protective services, emergency management, and subordinate site operations.
Prior to his appointment, Doering was director of NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Named to that position in July 2009, he managed the multi-tenant manufacturing facility, where development of NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, and Orion spacecraft is under way. The SLS will carry the Orion crew vehicle, as well as important cargo, equipment and science experiments, to Earth's orbit and destinations beyond low-Earth orbit.
Doering was the associate program manager for the Constellation Program from 2008 to 2011, serving as the Marshall Center Director’s representative. He led all of program's efforts, providing guidance for Ares Projects management in the execution of all program-level systems engineering and integration; safety and mission assurance; testing and verification; and service module and launch abort systems.
Doering has served in numerous positions with NASA and aerospace contractors. From 2003 to 2008, he was manager of the Extravehicular Activity Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, overseeing the entire range of NASA program, personnel and business activities related to spacewalking. He was deputy manager of that office from 2001 to 2003, and was team lead for its Integration & Operations Group from 1999 to 2001. In that role, he was responsible for the technical integration of spacewalk requirements for the Space Shuttle Program and the International Space Station Program, tasked with ensuring complete system functionality and mission success.
From 1993 to 1999, Doering was an environmental and life support systems flight controller in the Systems Division of the Mission Operations Directorate at the Johnson Space Center. From 1992 to 1993, he was lead of the Maintenance and Mechanical Systems Section in the Space Station Systems Division at Johnson. From 1989 to 1992, he was an extravehicular activities flight controller in Johnson's Mission Operations Directorate.
From 1987 to 1989, as a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Va., Doering was an assembly operations manager for the Space Station Freedom Program. He was responsible for coordinating and developing the International Space Station assembly sequence.
He was a flight operations senior engineer from 1986 to 1987 for Hernandez Engineering, a NASA contractor in Houston. He was assigned to the German Space Agency in Cologne, Germany, where he was responsible for space shuttle integration of the German Space Lab 2 Mission. Space Lab 2 was a joint NASA-German Space Agency mission dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of life sciences, material sciences, Earth observation and robotics.
He began his association with NASA as a contractor for Rockwell Space Operations Co. at the Johnson Center from 1983 to 1986, where he was a space shuttle flight controller in the Mission Operations Directorate.
Doering earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1983 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
In 2005, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service – the personnel system covering top managerial positions in approximately 75 federal agencies. He has received a number of NASA awards, including a Presidential Rank Award in 2010, for his management of the Michoud Assembly Facility; a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2006 for contributions made toward the development and execution of the unprecedented contingency spacewalks conducted during STS-114; and a Johnson Space Center Certificate of Commendation in 2002. In 1995, he received a Silver Snoopy Award – a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success – for outstanding performance and contributions on spacewalks performed during the STS-37 mission.
Doering was born in Helena, Ala., and raised in South Bend, Ind. He and his wife, the former Kimberly S. Broderick of Pittsburgh, Pa., and their two daughters reside in Huntsville. › Photos
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