NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama
Rex Geveden is Deputy Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. In this position he assists the Center Director in managing one of NASA's largest field installations, with more than 6,500 civil service and contract employees and an annual budget of $2.3 billion.
He has been serving as Deputy Director of the Science Directorate at Marshall where he led a government-industry workforce of over 600 in scientifically diverse research and development projects in space science, materials science, biotechnology, Earth science, and space optics.
As Program Manager for Gravity Probe B (GP-B), he led a government, industry and university team in developing a sophisticated payload designed to test two features of Einstein's general relativity theory. He previously managed the Optical Transient Detector and Lightning Imaging Sensor flight projects, which were the first instruments to detect lightning on a global scale from space.
Geveden is the former manager of the Microgravity Science and Applications Department at Marshall. In this capacity, he led a government-industry team of 350 scientists, engineers, and project managers in a national space research program in materials science and biotechnology.
He joined NASA in 1990. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering physics and a master's degree in physics from Murray State University in Kentucky, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Materials Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama.
Geveden has received many awards throughout his NASA career, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Silver Snoopy Award. He was the first NASA employee to reach Level IV of the Project Management Development Process and was selected for the Accelerated Leadership Option.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center