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October 23, 2009

Chris McGee, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
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Meridian Community College Names Scholarship for Stennis Director

Meridian Community College in Meridian recently announced an engineering scholarship has been established in honor of alumnus Gene Goldman, director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

The first $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an engineering student attending MCC during the 2010 spring semester.

"I am honored a Meridian Community College scholarship will be awarded to an aspiring engineering student in my name," Goldman said following the Oct. 15 announcement. "The real tribute is to the members of the MCC Foundation that provides the funding for this outstanding scholarship program, which benefits the youth of Lauderdale County, as well as develops our future leaders. It is a remarkable demonstration of community service."

As an MCC graduate, Goldman went on to earn the Registered Professional Engineer-Civil certification and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Goldman began his NASA career in 1990. He served as deputy manager and manager of the space shuttle main engine project at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., before joining the Stennis team. Prior to becoming director at Stennis in 2008, he served two years as deputy director of the rocket engine testing facility.

As director, Goldman provides executive leadership, overall direction and management of the center. He is responsible for implementing NASA's mission in the area of rocket propulsion testing, developing and maintaining NASA's world-class rocket propulsion test facilities, and ensuring Stennis serves as the systems engineering center for applied science activities assigned by the agency. He serves as a federal manager hosting an integrated multi-agency federal laboratory. Stennis is a unique federal city that is home to more than 30 federal, state, academic and private organizations, as well as numerous technology-based companies.

"I can't think of anyone who, despite his position, has remained as down to Earth and humble," MCC President Scott Elliott said in announcing the scholarship. "We here at MCC thought this was appropriate."

The scholarship was announced following Goldman's speech at the President's Roundtable Luncheon on the MCC campus Oct. 15.

For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/

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