Mr. T. Scott West is the NESC Chief Engineer at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Mr. West joined the NESC from JSC where he served as the Chief of the Loads and Structural Dynamics Branch in the Engineering Directorate. He has over 22 years of management and technical experience with NASA and Boeing at JSC.
Prior to joining NASA, Mr. West spent 17 years in technical and management positions with McDonnell Douglas Aerospace and The Boeing Company in design, development, test, and operations of the International Space Station (ISS). He began his career in 1990 conducting integrated system level loads and dynamics analyses of the space station during the launch element design, development and test phases. In 1998 he transitioned into the operations and sustaining support for the ISS serving in the positions of Structures and Mechanisms Flight Manager, Vehicle Mechanical Operations Manager, and deputy manager and then System Program Manager for the Mechanical, Structural, Extravehicular Activity, and Robotic Systems. During this time Mr. West led Boeing structural and mechanical support to real time operations during joint Shuttle and ISS missions in the Mission Evaluation Room within the JSC Mission Control Center, including managing support from the Boeing remote sites at Huntington Beach, California, Canoga Park, California, and Hunstville, Alabama. Mr. West also provided engineering expertise and leadership in resolving numerous on-orbit structural and mechanical anomalies in ISS systems including the Solar Array Wing, Photo-voltaic Radiator, Beta Gimbal Assembly, Solar Alpha Rotary Joint, Rotary Joint Motor Controller, Mobile Transporter/Trailing Umbilical System, US LAB Window, US Common Hatch, and Common Berthing Mechanism.
Mr. West joined NASA in 2008 and served as the Chief of the JSC Loads and Structural Dynamics Branch. There he managed a team of 25 civil servant engineers and 20 contractors performing loads and dynamics analysis and test support for Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Exploration projects. The branch also included the Vibration and Acoustic Test Facility (VATF), where Mr. West led the team to re-establish modal and vibroacoustic testing capabilities as well as establish a human rated vibration testing capability.
Mr. West holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.