Alan H. Phillips
Alan H. Phillips became the first Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Safety Center on October 11, 2006. Hosted by NASA's Glenn Research Center, the NASA Safety Center is located at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Brook Park, Ohio.
The Safety Center was established to enable more effective and efficient safety and mission assurance support for NASA's portfolio of programs and projects. As Director, Phillips leads the Safety Center's activities in knowledge management, technical excellence, mishap investigation support and audits and assessments.
Prior to his current appointment, Phillips led Langley Research Center's (LaRC) Office of Safety and Mission Assurance in Hampton, Virginia, for 4 years, after being accepted as a member of the Senior Executive Service. In this position, he led and managed the center's institutional safety and mission assurance programs, with a staff of over 65 employees and an annual budget over $3.2 million.
From 1994 until 2002, Phillips held progressive supervisory positions, first as the head of the Facility Assurance Section and later as the Safety Manager at LaRC, overseeing facility systems and industrial safety and occupational health programs for the center's civil servant and contractor populations. Also during this period, Phillips managed the center's certification (and recertification) as the first Federal worksite to be recognized in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program as a STAR participant, OSHA's highest level of recognition for exemplary safety and health programs.
Phillips served for 7 years as a facility systems safety engineer for LaRC's 8-Foot High Temperature Tunnel Modification Project, a $25 million effort to prepare the facility for scramjet engine testing.
Phillips's 5 years of startup and test engineering experience in the commercial nuclear power industry was beneficial to the startup of several balance-of-plant systems, leading to successful power ascension testing of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant in New Hill, North Carolina.
Phillips is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is licensed as a professional engineer in North Carolina. In 1991, he earned his Master's degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University.
Phillips is married and has teenage triplet boys.