Mr. Michael Blythe joined the NESC in August 2009 as the Deputy Director for Safety. Prior to joining the NESC, Mr. Blythe was the Acting Assistant Associate Administrator in the Office of the Administrator. In this role, he assisted the Associate Administrator by integrating the technical and programmatic elements of the Agency and providing oversight of the Agency's programs through the mission directorates, field Centers, and Headquarters technical mission support offices. He was responsible for establishing controls over Agency activities, providing a means for evaluating mission accomplishments, and correcting deficiencies.
Prior to his assignment in the Office of the Administrator, Mr. Blythe served as the Director for the Engineering and Program/Project Management Division in the Office of the Chief Engineer at NASA Headquarters. In this capacity, he was responsible for establishing and implementing Agency engineering and program/project management policy, procedures and processes to improve the efficiency and success of NASA's investments. He successfully led the effort to update the Agency's program/project management policy "NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements" which was published in March, 2007. Mr. Blythe was also responsible for closing the twenty-eight Office of Chief Engineer-specific actions generated by the Diaz Team as a result of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) report. These activities covered the spectrum of engineering disciplines including anomaly mediation and resolution, clear chain of command, and collection of critical event data.
Prior to coming to NASA Headquarters, Mr. Blythe spent 15 years at Langley Research Center working on spaceflight projects in various capacities including Electronics Subsystem Manager, Co-Principal Investigator, Interface and Integration and Test Manager, Systems Engineering Manager, and Project Manager. His wide-ranging assignments have afforded him the opportunity to work with managers at all facets and levels of the industry including various domestic agencies and contractors as well as several international partners including Russia, Italy, and France.