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Steven Labbe

Mr. Labbe began his career with NASA as a co-operative education student at the Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center in 1981.  He transferred to the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and accepted a fulltime position at JSC in 1984 in the Thermal Analysis Branch.  He then joined the Aeroscience Branch in 1985, where he was responsible for development and analysis of Space Shuttle aerodynamic characteristics via wind tunnel test, flight test and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis.

In 1989, through NASA’s Professional Development Program he completed a rotational assignment at NASA Ames Research Center in the Applied CFD Analysis Branch where he conducted CFD analysis to assess aerodynamic effects of the proposed Advanced Solid Rocket Booster on the Space Shuttle configuration.  Starting in 1990, Mr. Labbe was assigned as the Space Shuttle Ascent Aerodynamic Sub-System Manager.  In this capacity he was responsible for the development and certification of all launch vehicle aerodynamic environments.

In 1995 he was selected as the Deputy Chief of the Applied Aeroscience & CFD Branch at JSC.  Concurrently, Mr. Labbe was assigned as the X-38 Project EG Division Chief Engineer, Flight Dynamics Team Lead and Aerodynamics Lead at various times from 1995 through 2002, where he was responsible for the development, certification and application of the aerodynamic databases necessary to develop and flight test the X-38 lifting body.

In 2002, Mr. Labbe began serving as the Chief of the Applied Aerosience & CFD Branch at JSC where he guided the branch through critical support of the STS-107 investigation.  Effective Nov. 2003, Mr. Labbe was assigned to the newly established NASA Engineering & Safety Center (NESC) as the Discipline Expert (NDE) for Flight Sciences where he established an agency wide Flight Sciences Super Problem Resolution Team (SPRT), staffed with experts from across the agency.  At the NESC he provided leadership of the Flight Sciences SPRT in support a wide variety of NESC Independent Technical Assessments (ITA) across NASA’s robotic exploration, human space flight and aeronautical programs.

In October 2007 he was named the Chief Engineer for the Constellation Program where he represented the agency engineering community as the Engineering Technical Authority for the program level activities.  Recently, Mr. Labbe has served on the Human Exploration Framework Team (HEFT) tasked with providing the agency leadership with human exploration architecture options consistent with critical stakeholder positions.  In Jan. 2011, Mr. Labbe was named to his current position as chief of the Aeroscience & Flight Mechanics Division.  Mr. Labbe received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering for the University of Cincinnati in 1984.

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Steven Labbe