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Portrait of Gene Goldman

Arthur E. “Gene” Goldman

Director of Stennis Space Center (2008–2010)

Gene Goldman served as the director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center from 2008 to 2010. As director, he provided executive leadership, overall direction and management of the center. He was 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 served 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.

Prior to being named director, Goldman served as deputy director at Stennis from 2006 to 2008. Before arriving at Stennis, he served two years as manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Prior to that time, he was deputy manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project for five years.

Goldman began his NASA career in 1990. Before joining NASA, he worked for three years as engineering manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Athens, Alabama; seven years as a project engineer/manager for Gulf States Utilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and four years as project engineer with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Hartsville, Tennessee.

Stennis Space Center Director Gene Goldman (center) stands with astronauts Christopher Ferguson (right) and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper in front of the A-2 Test Stand during the space shuttle crew members’ visit to NASA’s rocket engine testing facility Jan. 13. During their visit, Ferguson and Stefanyshyn-Piper reported on the STS-126 space shuttle delivery and servicing mission to the International Space Station. Ferguson served as commander of the mission. Stefanyshyn-Piper served as a mission specialist.

He was inducted into the federal civil servants’ Senior Executive Service in 2004, after having completed the NASA SES Candidate Development Program. He completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University in 2002, and the Congressional Operations Program at George Washington University in 2003.

Goldman is the recipient of numerous awards: the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2002; the NASA Certificate of Appreciation in 1997; and the Marshall Space Flight Center Director’s Commendation in 1992.

Goldman earned the Registered Professional Engineer-Civil certification in 1983. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University.