General Inquiry: Associate Director, Engineering Directorate
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Johnson Space Center
Mail Code: EA
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058
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The Engineering Directorate is organized into nine functional divisions/offices:
The Engineering Directorate Planning and Control Office (DP&C) is responsible for the core functional areas of institutional asset management, information and configuration management, integrated financial management, and procurement strategy and contract management. The DP&C Office implements these functions by providing strategic planning, integration, and analysis accompanied by project guidance and consultation. The DP&C Office advises Engineering Management on issues related to these areas and proposes alternatives and solutions to issues in these areas. The roles and products associated with each of these functions follow.
The Systems Architecture and Integration Office leads government-furnished equipment (GFE) projects and advanced development efforts deemed to have strategic importance to the Engineering Directorate. In doing so the Office is responsible for the management and systems engineering and integration (SE&I) of large scale, multi-disciplinary GFE projects. The Office also supplies SE&I services to other Engineering GFE projects and matrixed SE&I support to programs/projects outside of the Directorate. In support of future missions, the Office provides vehicle and architecture level conceptual design studies, trades, and testing as well as technology development integration. The organization maintains the capability to provide the project management and engineering expertise to design, develop, fabricate, test, integrate, and certify crew biomechanical equipment, GFE instrumentation devices, and related systems in support of all human spaceflight programs. The Office provides system management of the crew biomechanical equipment in support of current NASA human spaceflight programs.
The Technical Integration Office provides the chief engineers and supporting personnel responsible for the technical oversight and integration of Engineering Directorate support for human spaceflight programs and associated projects, including government-furnished equipment (GFE), that are resident at JSC. The Office integrates the Engineering Directorate's flight readiness assessment of human spaceflight programs. The Office also provides multi-program integration (e.g. Shuttle - Station), cargo integration, real-time mission support, and integration of Engineering Directorate products provided to the human spaceflight programs and projects. Office personnel represent the Engineering Directorate at human spaceflight program/project safety engineering review panels. System engineering responsibilities include concurrence on new Directorate GFE projects for compliance to processes and standards, project life cycle surveillance, and approval of process exceptions. In addition, systems engineering responsibilities include coordination with NASA Office of Chief Engineer on implementation of new or revised agency engineering requirements, directives, and standards related to project management, systems engineering, and software engineering, plus coordination of Center Management Council reviews at JSC for major GFE development programs and projects. The Office is divided into four groups; three in alignment with the Programs and the fourth which covers technical standards, processes, and other interfaces with the Headquarters Office of Chief Engineer engineering support for all programs.
The Crew and Thermal Systems Division is responsible for designing, testing, and developing technology for environmental control/life support systems (ECLSS) and active thermal control systems (ATCS) for spacecraft and extravehicular crew members, as well as crew equipment and spacesuits for extravehicular activity (EVA) and other hazardous environments. The division provides test capability in both vacuum and thermal/vacuum environments including specialized human test facilities. In-house capability exists for softgoods fabrication, non-metallic materials development and testing, wet and gas chemical analysis, and EVA/payload mechanical equipment design.
The Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Division (AFMD) provides technical leadership in the engineering disciplines of aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics; guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C); flight performance; mission design; and autonomous GN&C systems. The division provides engineering design, development, testing, and evaluation for all phases of space flight (ascent, entry, orbit, and interplanetary) and for all types of human spacecraft. AFMD maintains a highly skilled and experienced workforce, premier laboratory and test facilities, and state-of-the-art analysis tools and databases. By employing these critical resources, AFMD has a demonstrated capability for providing unique and cost effective solutions to complex problems. AFMD also expands its capabilities by collaborating with other organizations (across the center, across the agency, with industry, and with academia) wherever mutual benefit can be identified.
The Energy Systems Division is responsible for providing engineering expertise for human and human supported spacecraft in the areas of propulsion systems, fluid systems, pyrotechnics, power generation, and power distribution and control systems. Additionally, the division operates and maintains facilities for testing of hardware within these areas of expertise. The division provides conceptual design, feasibility studies, analysis, development, qualification testing, flight certification, operations, and sustaining engineering. The division also pursues technology and development of new concepts for implementation in these areas of expertise.
The Software, Robotics, and Simulation Division is responsible for the activities necessary to conceive, develop, adapt, infuse, and sustain intelligent systems, robotics systems, and real-time simulation systems within the programs and tasks assigned to the Johnson Space Center. The division carries out a broad set of activities across its technical domain area, including technology and advanced development tasks; flight experiment development; flight and ground hardware and software development and supply; program support track tasks including analysis, simulation, test and verification; and crew training; for the purposes of improving system and program capability, operability, reliability, safety, and life cycle costs. The division has responsibility for a set of four major facilities and eight laboratories.
The Structural Engineering Division is responsible for the design, development, evaluation, and qualification of space vehicle structures, mechanisms, thermal protection systems, and passive thermal control systems. The division also provides state-of-the-art laboratories in which space vehicles, space modules, mechanical systems, and hardware are evaluated under launch, ascent, on-orbit, entry, and landing environmental conditions. The division also is responsible for initiating and performing programs to develop and evaluate, under appropriate space environmental conditions, structural, mechanical, and thermal concepts; and methods of analysis and testing for space vehicle applications. Primary tasks include conducting engineering and development studies of structures, mechanisms, thermal protection systems, passive thermal control systems, and mechanical systems for the advancement of technology and capabilities of space vehicles and providing direct technical support to the JSC program office and other JSC organizations.
The Avionic Systems Division designs, develops, tests, and integrates the core electronic and software systems which implement spacecraft systems management, command, guidance, navigation, flight control, communications, tracking, instrumentation, and data services. It is responsible for overall avionics systems engineering design and integration for the combined avionics subsystems to support vehicle-level systems engineering conceptual studies and design activities. It maintains an advanced technical base in the core avionics technologies, and establishes and operates the necessary development, test, and verification facilities. It ensures the engineering capabilities for in-house development and provides technical direction to associated development and production contractors.
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