Biography of Craig Tooley
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Craig Tooley currently is the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He is responsible for the development and execution of the LRO mission for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, or ESMD, at NASA Headquarters.
Previously, Tooley was head of the Hubble Space Telescope Instrument Development Office at Goddard. In this capacity he oversaw the development of instruments that are to be installed in Hubble during the fifth and final servicing mission. During his tenure on the Hubble project, Tooley worked as part of the spacewalk servicing team, which developed procedures and trained astronauts for the successful Hubble Servicing Mission 3B in 2002.
Prior to working on the Hubble project, Tooley served as the deputy project manager for the Triana project. Tooley has served as the mission manager and mechanical lead for five successful Spartan solar-science missions deployed during space shuttle missions. He also held the position of associate branch head of NASA's Carrier Systems Branch. Tooley's also worked as an engineer in mechanical, attitude control and stabilization, and mission analysis groups at Goddard.
Tooley has been employed by NASA since 1983, and has a background in mechanical engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.