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Biography of Philip Lee Engelauf

Philip Lee Engelauf
Program Executive
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

Philip Lee Engelauf is the program executive of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) at Johnson Space Center in Houston. CCP is leading the nation's effort to facilitate commercial vehicle development and certification to enable the safe transportation of NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station and other low Earth orbit destinations.

As program executive, Engelauf leads the collaboration between CCP and the Federal Aviation Administration for common standards, practices and policy integration. In addition, he helps CCP interface with the International Space Station Program. He also provides coordination and oversight of CCP’s partnership with Detachment 3, 45th Operations Group, at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

Prior to his assignment with CCP, Engelauf was the program executive for the Ground Operations Project and Mission Operations Project within the Constellation Systems Division of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate.

In 2010, the agency began to look to its commercial partners to send astronaut crews to low Earth orbit and the space station and formed the Space Transportation Planning Office. This planning effort transitioned into the Commercial Crew Program in 2011. As a result, Engelauf was appointed program executive of CCP activities.

Engelauf began his NASA career in 1978 as a Wind Tunnel Facility engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. In 1982, he transferred to Johnson as a flight activities officer for space shuttle missions. Next, he began leading the development of space station assembly techniques.

From 1990 to 2006, Engelauf served as a flight director for 29 shuttle missions. As lead flight director for 11 shuttle missions, including the overall flight leadership for shuttle trips to the Russian space station Mir, he set a record as directing the most missions ever during America’s 50 years of human spaceflight activities. In 2008, he was appointed chief of the Flight Director Office at Johnson, where he managed all space shuttle and International Space Station flight directors.

During his more than three decades of service, Engelauf has received numerous honors, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal and several NASA Group Achievement awards. He also was recognized by Aviation Week and Space Technology as a Laurel Award recipient in 2002.

Engelauf received a Bachelor of Science in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology in 1978 and a Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in 1981.

May 2012

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