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Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

RELEASE : 79-05
West Virginia Native Has Major Role in Space Station Program
As the technical operations director and chief of the Mission Management Office, West Virginia native Bill Dowdell represents all the hard workers of NASA Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) International Space Station (ISS) team.

On launch day, Dowdell, a native of Fairmont, serves as the ISS launch manager, leading the KSC ISS launch team, comprised of international partners, various NASA and contractor design centers, and the KSC ISS processing team. He has the important responsibility of committing to the readiness for launch of the ISS Payload Elements and for the readiness of the ISS to receive and carry out the mission.

Dowdell has worked for NASA since 1989, beginning his career as a NASA test director for the Space Shuttle Program. In 1993, he became a Space Shuttle test director, leading the KSC launch team for 10 successful Shuttle launches.

In 1996, Dowdell joined the newly formed KSC Space Station Hardware Integration Office. The office worked with various contractors that were building the ISS elements for delivery to KSC. His accomplishments during this period include enabling the delivery of the Z1 and P6 truss elements to KSC for launch processing.

Dowdell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fairmont State College and a degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University.

He currently resides in Cocoa Beach, Fla., with his wife, Melanie, and stepson, Ryan.

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