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Teresa Vanhooser Honored with Presidential Rank Award for Service to NASA's Marshall Center
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News Release: 06-135

Teresa Vanhooser Teresa Vanhooser, deputy director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and a native of Johnson City, Tenn., has been recognized by President Bush for her outstanding achievements at NASA with a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive.

Image above: Teresa Vanhooser
Image credit: NASA/MSFC

One of the highest honors given for government service work, the Presidential Rank Award is presented annually to a select group of senior federal executives who have provided exceptional service and leadership in some of the most critical positions in federal government. The award is presented to executives who have consistently demonstrated strength, integrity and commitment to public service in their careers. Recipients are nominated by members of their agency. Nominees' applications are reviewed by a board of private citizens and only a select few are referred to the president for approval.

Vanhooser is one of three Marshall employees and 28 NASA members of the Senior Executive Service, the personnel system covering top managerial positions in approximately 75 federal agencies, to be honored this year.

"This award is truly an honor for me and for all Marshall team members," said Vanhooser. "Marshall is committed to the success of the Vision for Space Exploration and this award recognizes NASA's significant contributions to further explorations of space, completion of the International Space Station and our return to the moon."

Vanhooser helps lead an organization of nearly 1,400 employees at the Marshall Center who are responsible for the design, testing, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems, and science instruments and payloads under development at the Marshall Center. Named to her position in August 2004, she also helps manage the Payload Operations Center at the Marshall Center – the command post for scientific research experiments on board the International Space Station.

Vanhooser joined NASA in 1980 as an engineer in the Marshall Center's Ground Systems Analysis Branch. She has held a number of managerial and leadership positions at Marshall, including, assistant mission manager for the first Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Sciences, or ATLAS-1 mission from 1987 to 1992; mission manager of ATLAS-2 from 1992 to 1993 and Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 from 1993 to 1997; manager of the Space Station Utilization Office in 1997; manager of the Payload Operations and Integration Department in 2000; and deputy director of Marshall's Flight Projects Directorate from May to August 2004.

Vanhooser earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1980 from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and a master's degree in administrative science and project management in 1986 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

She has received numerous NASA awards, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1994 for her management of the ATLAS-2 mission. In 1992, the Astronaut Corps presented her a Silver Snoopy award for her contributions during ATLAS-1 to the success of human spaceflight missions. In 2000, she was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Tennessee Technological University.

Vanhooser's parents, Denny and Dolores Bowman, reside in Johnson City. She and her husband Mike have two daughters and reside in Madison, Ala.

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