Jerry R. Cook serves as deputy director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. He is responsible, with the center director, for coordinating all of NASA's rocket propulsion testing capabilities and Stennis' roles in NASA's applied science programs, as well as managing Stennis.
Prior to this appointment, Cook served as the associate program manager of the Space Launch System (SLS) Program Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He has served in a dual role as Manager of the SLS Program Planning and Control Office, responsible for administering a multi-billion-dollar multi-year budget.
He began his NASA career in 1985 as a test engineer at Marshall. While at Marshall, he worked his way up to hold various management-level positions, including manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project Office.
He also worked in the Space Transportation Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, first as a goals manager in the Program Planning and Development Office and then as a Second-Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle representative.
Cook received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The recipient of numerous awards, he has received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals for significant contributions to the NASA mission, and the Silver Snoopy award from the Astronaut Corps for his contributions to the success of human space flight missions. He was named Aerospace Engineer of the Year for 2006-07 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in recognition of his technical skill and leadership in the practice of the aerospace engineering profession.
He is married to Felicia Riggs Cook and they have two children. His son Preston attends the University of Alabama. His daughter Peyton, a senior at Huntsville High School, will attend the University of Alabama in fall 2013.