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For release: 08/05/04
Release #: 04-203  

NASA Marshall Center's Herbert Shivers named 'Manager of the Year' by System Safety Society for contributions to Shuttle mission safety


Dr. Herbert Shivers, deputy manager of the Marshall Center Engineering Systems Department, was named "Manager of the Year" by the System Safety Society — an international association of safety personnel. He was cited for his contributions as deputy director of Marshall's Safety & Mission Assurance Office in 2003.

Photo: Shivers (NASA/MSFC)


Dr. Herbert Shivers, deputy manager of the Engineering Systems Department at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been named "Manager of the Year" by the System Safety Society, an international, non-profit association dedicated to the support and professional development of safety personnel.

Shivers, who received the award at the 22nd International System Safety Conference in Providence, R.I., recently, was honored for his work and contributions in 2003 when he temporarily served as deputy director of Marshall's Safety & Mission Assurance Office.

In that position, Shivers was responsible for the safety, reliability, maintainability and quality activities of all Marshall Center programs. He was cited for his stable leadership of the office prior to the appointment of its current director while sustaining high levels of employee morale and accomplishment during the investigation that followed the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew in 2003. Also credited was Shivers' work on Marshall's efforts to return the Shuttle to flight by advising Safety & Mission Assurance managers working on the Shuttle Return-to-Flight teams, and his role in advising Safety & Mission Assurance Director, Dr. Jan Davis, and Marshall Center Director David King about potential management structures for the office.

"I have the pleasure of working with a great organization of people each day who are dedicated to providing a safe working environment," said Shivers. "I consider this an honor - not just for me, but for those who make safety a fundamental mission consideration at the Marshall Center and NASA."

Based in Unionville, Va., the System Safety Society is a professional organization with more than 1,750 members in 18 chapters across the country and around the world. Founded in 1962, the society - whose members have science-based engineering educations and system safety-related work experience - is dedicated to supporting and providing professional development and continuing education for safety engineers. Nominations for society awards are submitted by members and voted on by the society's international awards committee.

Shivers joined the Marshall Center in 1988 as a system safety engineer. He has held numerous positions during his NASA career, including director of the Payload Assurance Office; manager of the Safety, Reliability & Qualify Assurance Department; and deputy group lead in the Configuration & Data Management Group.

An Alexander City, Ala., native, Shivers received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1975 from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.; a master's degree in industrial engineering in 1976 from Texas A&M University in College Station; and a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering and engineering management in 1997 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Shivers received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal in 2004 for "significant, sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creativity;" a 1993 Marshall Center Director's Commendation; and numerous industry awards. He is a member of several professional organizations and has authored several papers of interest to safety professionals.

Shivers and his wife, Alisa Walker Shivers - the business manager in Marshall's External Tank Project Office - live in Huntsville.

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Martin Jensen
Public Affairs Office
(256) 544-0034

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