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Sandra Smalley
Director of the Engineering, Program and Project Management Division
NASA, Office of the Chief Engineer

Ms. Smalley has over twenty years of experience in program management and engineering.  She is currently serving as the Director for Engineering, Program and Project Management.  In this capacity she establishes, maintains, updates, and implements NASA's acquisition, engineering, and program/project Management policy and requirements for NASA's Human Space Flight, Robotics, Aeronautics, IT, Institutional and Infrastructure, and Research and Technology Programs and Projects.  Her focus is on enhancing engineering, program and project management excellence across the Agency.  Ms. Smalley manages the Agency's Program and Project Management Board, oversees and surveys Agency compliance with engineering and program management policy, develops and implements project management and engineering tools including Earned Value Management and models based systems engineering initiatives, develops and implements engineering and project management leading indicators, oversees agency project management certification, develops and instructs Project Management and Engineering training, and facilitates the monthly process that assesses performance of NASA's major acquisitions and business infrastructure (the Baseline Performance Review).  Ms. Smalley also serves on standards development teams for organizations including the Project Management Institute and the International Organization for Standardization.

Ms. Smalley has formerly served in roles throughout the project life cycle including program manager, project manager, systems engineer, business manager, and science manager on various spaceflight, information technology, research and technology, and military projects including:  the Integrated Enterprise Management Program, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III, the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiment, the US Navy's Expert Systems Program, the Space Technology 5 project, the Pathfinder Instruments for Clouds and Aerosol Spaceborne Observations (PICASSO) proposal development team, and the Gas and Aerosol Monitoring Sensorcraft (GAMS) technology development initiative.

Education: Masters Degree, Electrical Engineering, Old Dominion University; Bachelor's Degree, Physics, College of Charleston

Sandra Smalley


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