The Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) provides policy direction, oversight, and assessment for the NASA engineering and program management communities and serves as principal advisor to the NASA Administrator and other senior officials on matters pertaining to the technical readiness and execution of NASA programs and projects. The OCE ensures that NASA's development efforts and mission operations are planned and conducted on a sound engineering basis with proper controls and management of technical risks.
NASA Chief Engineer
As Chief Engineer, Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch is responsible for the overall review and technical readiness of all NASA programs.
Previously, Dr. Ryschkewitsch served as the Deputy Director for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and Director of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at Goddard. He joined the Center in 1982 as a cryogenics engineer to work on the Cosmic Background Explorer mission. Between those jobs, Dr. Ryschkewitsch held several management positions and supported projects from the first servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993 to the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere mission launched in April 2007.
Dr. Ryschkewitsch earned his bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1973, and his doctorate from Duke University, Durham, N.C., in 1978. He has received numerous group achievement awards throughout his career. He has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, the Robert Baumann Award for contributions to mission success, and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center Leadership Award.