Features: Messages from the Chief Engineer

Case Study: LCROSS

Case Study: Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)

"Frugal innovation" is a concept that has caught on in business circles in the last year or so. The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) is a NASA example of frugal innovation.

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Case Study: Space-to-Space Communications System

Astronaut conducts spacewalk above International Space Station

As we begin a new era of technology development at NASA, the development of the Space-to-Space Communications System is a lesson worth remembering

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Case Study: The Gravity Probe B Launch Decision

The Gravity Probe B Launch Decision

The Gravity Probe B launch decision is a dramatic example of decision making at the program manager level. Cost and schedule were key considerations.

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OCE Spotlight — News and Events

  • NASA Chief Engineer, Ralph Roe

    Ralph Roe Named Chief Engineer

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Ralph Roe as the Agency's Chief Engineer. He succeeds Michael Ryschkewitsch.

  • PM Challenge 2014

    Project Management Challenge 2014

    The 2014 Virtual NASA Project Management (PM) challenge has begun. The sessions will be available to NASA civil servants, contractors, grantees and the general public.

Our Mission

    NASA Chief Engineer, Ralph RoeThe 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.