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Joseph W. Pellicciotti - NESC Chief Engineer

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Mr. Pellicciotti joined NASA in October 2001 after 13 years of working in the private aerospace industry and is currently the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Chief Engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).  He previously served as the NASA Technical Fellow for Mechanical Systems in the NESC.  Prior to joining the NESC, Mr. Pellicciotti was the Chief Engineer for the GSFC Mechanical Systems Division where he supported several projects, proposals and studies, test and flight anomalies, design consulting and new technology development.  

Just prior to joining GSFC, Mr. Pellicciotti was the Lockheed Martin Technical Operations (LMTO) Mechanical Systems Development Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Flight Systems and Servicing contract.  In this role, he managed the mechanical hardware development activity that included responsibility for the launch, landing, on-orbit servicing mission load analyses, and hardware (flight and GSE) design, manufacture, and test.  He was technically responsible for HST mechanisms including existing operations and new designs.  Coordinating LMTO’s responsibilities with subcontractors and NASA program management was also a key function.  In addition to these tasks, Mr. Pellicciotti was responsible for supporting the servicing missions from his position on the Mechanical Systems console.

Prior to joining the HST project, Mr. Pellicciotti was the Lockheed Martin contractor lead for the EOS-AM (Terra) mechanisms.  His experience over the years with RCA, GE Astro Space, Martin Marietta, and Lockheed Martin includes design of structure and mechanisms for commercial, military and civil spacecraft.  Mr. Pellicciotti has received the Lockheed Martin PIP Superior Performance Award for Leading the HST FGS Star Selector Servo post-flight bearing inspection project to understand on-orbit torque anomalies.  He also received a Lockheed Martin NOVA Award for Teamwork for successfully completing support efforts necessary to accommodate an accelerated schedule for an HST emergency servicing mission (SM3A).  In addition, he received the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center AETD Engineering Excellence Award in 2004, along with several NASA GSFC individual recognition and group achievement awards.

Mr. Pellicciotti has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree in Business Management from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Joseph W. Pellicciotti, NESC Chief Engineer
Joseph W. Pellicciotti, NESC Chief Engineer
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