NASA has named Arthur E. (Gene) Goldman as the new deputy center director at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi effective mid-October. As deputy director, Goldman will support SSC Center Director Rick Gilbrech in managing all of NASA’s rocket propulsion test capabilities, Stennis’ roles in NASA’s applied science programs and managing SSC.
Goldman replaces David Throckmorton who announced he will retire in February 2007, after more than 40 years of federal service with NASA. Throckmorton will serve as a special assistant to NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden until his retirement.
Goldman most recently served in management positions for space shuttle main engine project at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.; first as deputy project manager from 1998 through 2004, and then as project manager from March 2004 until his appointment to the new position at Stennis.
"Being part of the space shuttle main engine community and working with the shuttle senior management team has been the highlight of my career," said Goldman. "I am honored by the selection to be part of Stennis Space Center and am looking forward to the exciting and challenging work in their immediate future. It is a great time to be part of NASA."
No stranger to the area, Goldman will bring a fresh perspective to the wide range of tasks at Stennis, from Earth science applications to rocket propulsion testing.
"I am pleased to welcome Gene, a native of Russell, Miss., back to his home state," said Gilbrech. "It is indeed a pleasure having someone of his caliber join our Stennis team. His extensive management and rocket engine experience will enhance our center's efforts as we move forward in supporting the Vision for Space Exploration."
Goldman was a project engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority from 1978-1981. He then moved to Gulf States Utilities in Baton Rouge, La., from 1981 to 1987. He returned to the Tennessee Valley Authority, this time in Athens, Ala, from 1987 to 1990. He began his NASA career in 1990 at the Marshall Center as a project engineer for MSFC space shuttle systems integration office, later becoming the supervisor in that organization from 1992-1994. In 1994 he moved to the space shuttle main engine project supporting them as manufacturing engineer until 1996. He continued to support the main engine project as the technical assistant from 1996-1997 and then as the business manager from 1997-1998.
Goldman was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in March 2004. He has received numerous awards including: NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal; multiple certificates of appreciation; and the Marshall Center’s Director’s Commendation award.
Goldman is married to the former Jennifer Swearengen of Natchez, Miss., and they have one daughter. His parents, Arthur H. Goldman, Jr. and Carolyn, reside in Russell. His wife's parents are Sara Swearengen of Meridian, Miss., and Raymond Swearengen (deceased).
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University and is a registered professional civil engineer. He has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University and the Congressional Operations program at George Washington University.+http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/news/releases/2006/HQ-06-112-cptn.html
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