The Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) serves as the principal advisor to the Administrator and other senior officials on matters pertaining to the technical readiness and execution of NASA programs and projects. OCE provides policy direction, oversight, and assessment for NASA engineering and ensures the continuity and application of critical knowledge throughout NASA’s engineering and program/project management workforce. The OCE ensures that NASA’s development efforts and mission operations are planned and conducted on a sound engineering basis with proper controls and management of technical risks.
As Chief Engineer, Joseph W. Pellicciotti is responsible for the overall review and technical readiness of all NASA programs. The chief engineer provides executive leadership for the effective management of all OCE programs, resources, and external requirements for OCE. OCE executes the agency’s Engineering Technical Authority and provides independent assessments to key organizations through its Mission Directorate Chief Engineers and other expert staff, who steward Agency-level policy, standards and guidance, and Mission Resilience and Protection. OCE also ensures that the agency’s technical workforce has the skills and knowledge needed to advance mission success through its Chief Knowledge Officer and Academy for Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL). Within OCE, the NASA Engineering and Safety Center develops rapid, cross‐Agency response to mission critical engineering issues, and works proactively to help NASA avoid problem recurrence and to prevent future problems.