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Divisions of the Office of the Chief Engineer

The Office of the Chief Engineer provides policy direction, oversight, and assessment for NASA engineering and serves as principal advisor to the NASA Administrator and other senior officials on matters pertaining to the technical readiness and execution of NASA programs and projects. Below are the organizational divisions within the Office of the Chief Engineer. Click on each tab to learn more about each division.

Organizational Chart

Office of the Chief Engineer Organizational Chart. The first row, going left to right, has three boxes: first box is "Chief Knowledge Officer", second box is "Office of the Chief Engineer", third box is "Chief Engineers (Missions Directorates), ARMD, ESDMD, SOMD, SMD, STMD". The middle OCE box branches down into two boxes. First box is "NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC)", and second box is "Engineering Development, Practice and Policy Division." Credit: NASA
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Engineering Development, Practice and Policy Division

The mission of this division is to provide policy and practice direction for the Agency’s engineering community. The Technical Standards Program, and the Mission Resilience and Protection Program are also in this division.

Documents managed by this office include:

NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC)

The mission of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) is to perform value-added independent testing, analysis, and assessments of NASA’s high-risk projects to ensure safety and mission success. The NESC engages proactively to help NASA avoid future problems.

NESC is dedicated to promoting safety through engineering excellence, unaffected and unbiased by the programs it is evaluating. It is a resource meant to benefit the programs and organizations within the Agency, the NASA Centers, and the people who work there.

At the core of the NESC is an established knowledge base of technical specialists. This ready group of engineering experts is organized into 15 disciplines areas called Technical Discipline Teams (TDT), formally known as Super Problem Resolution Teams (SPRT). TDT members are from the NASA Centers, industry, academia, and other government agencies. By drawing on the recognized expertise of leading engineers from across the country, the NESC consistently optimizes its processes, deepens its knowledge base, strengthens its technical capabilities, and broadens its perspectives, thereby further executing its commitment to engineering excellence.

NESC’s technical evaluation and consultation products are delivered in the form of written reports that include solution-driven, preventative, and corrective recommendations. The NESC strives to set the example for the Agency by providing full and appropriate documentation of every activity its teams perform. Along with each report, lessons learned are communicated to Agency leadership and to engineers through avenues such as the NASA Lessons Learned system.

Another important function of the NESC is to engage its proactive investigations to identify and address potential concerns before they become major problems. To further this goal, the NESC is currently leading NASA’s efforts for independent data mining and trend analysis. The NESC has established a Data Mining and Trending Group that includes representatives from all NASA Centers, as well as external experts. This group ensures that results are maximized and that the NESC comprehensively learns from previous efforts.

Learn More about the NASA Engineering and Safety Center.

Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL) Knowledge Services

APPEL Knowledge Services unites the award-winning curriculum and career development tools from the Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL) with the critical knowledge sharing and knowledge management capabilities of the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) to create a comprehensive, knowledge-dedicated resource for NASA.

A key goal of the organization is to better meet the requirements for developing the NASA technical workforce while enhancing the ability to manage and share the different types of knowledge needed for mission success. Upholding the tradition of delivering outstanding training, APPEL Knowledge Services offers courses that span a broad range of subjects at every NASA center. The organization also maintains a focus on knowledge management, serving as a singular resource for the information and tools necessary to facilitate the identification, capture, and access of critical knowledge across the agency. The extensive online tools and materials from APPEL and CKO are featured on the unified APPEL Knowledge Services website, which combines critical aspects of both original websites in a single location.

Altogether, APPEL Knowledge Services serves as a powerful resource for supporting the agency’s technical workforce with the knowledge and training required to deliver on NASA’s mission.

APPEL Resources