NASA has named Patrick Scheuermann as the new Associate Director at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi effective Aug. 19. As Associate Director, Scheuermann will support SSC Center Director Rick Gilbrech and Deputy Center Director Arthur (Gene) Goldman in managing SSC.
Scheuermann most recently served as chief operating officer of NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans where he was responsible for day-to-day management and operation of the facility. Scheuermann joined NASA at Stennis in 1988 as a propulsion test engineer.
"Returning to Stennis is an honor," said Scheuermann. "I am looking forward to the exciting and challenging work at Stennis as we move forward in preparations for testing the rocket engines that will take America back to the moon."
SSC is America's largest rocket engine test complex where all space shuttle main engines are tested. As NASA moves forward with plans to retire the space shuttle in 2010, NASA's Constellation Program is already hard at work on the next generation of human spacecraft: the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles and Orion crew capsule. SSC will test the J-2X engine, which will power the upper stages of the Ares I and Ares V rockets.
No stranger to the area, Scheuermann will bring a fresh perspective to the wide range of tasks at Stennis, from Earth science applications to rocket propulsion testing.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Patrick back to Stennis," said Gilbrech. "He will be a great addition to our leadership team, and I look forward to utilizing his wealth of experience to help us with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
Scheuermann was deputy director of center operations at SSC from 2001 to 2005. From 1999 to 2001, he served as a legislative fellow for U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, as a participant in the Congressional Fellowship Program. Scheuermann was chief of the New Business Office at Stennis from 1996 to 1999, and from 1994 to 1996 he was project manager at Stennis for NASA's Reusable Launch Vehicle program as well as project manager for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. Scheuermann was project manager for the National Aerospace Plane project from 1991 to 1994. From 1988 to 1991, Scheuermann was lead mechanical engineer for the National Launch System Program. Prior to joining NASA in 1988, Scheuermann was a space shuttle main engine test conductor at the Boeing Company in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Scheuermann has received numerous awards and honors including NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal for leading recovery efforts at Michoud following Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005. He has received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001 from the University of New Orleans.
A New Orleans native, Scheuermann holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Orleans.
Scheuermann and his wife, the former Sarah Melissa Lee of Carriere, Miss., live in Slidell, La., with their son and daughter, Chandler and Christina.
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