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I Am NASA Stennis: Sarah Maine

Sarah Maine
Contract Specialist Sarah Maine plays a key role supporting NASA missions through her work in the Office of Procurement at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.
NASA/Danny Nowlin

There was not a cloud in sight when Sarah Maine heard a thunder-like sound in the distance as a young child growing up in Slidell, Louisiana. She remembers her parents saying, “They must be testing rocket engines today,” referring to what is now NASA’s Stennis Space Center.
It was Maine’s earliest space memory, and little did she know at the time that one day she would make her way to the very place her parents referenced. Maine began supporting NASA product operations at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, through an internship as contract administrator with the Defense Contract Management Agency.
Shortly after completing the internship, Maine was hired by NASA as contract specialist in the Office of Procurement and started permanently working at Stennis. She has supported several major contracts in her 15-plus years with the Office of Procurement, including the Synergy-Achieving Consolidated Operations and Maintenance SACOM), Facility Operations Services, and Information Technology Services contracts, as well as many smaller ones over the years.
She administratively supported Green Run testing at Stennis, which was the first “full-up” test of the Space Launch System core stage and all of its integrated systems, as a contracting officer on the SACOM contract.
In 2021, Maine was recognized in a group award with the Silver Achievement Medal for Operational Readiness of B-2 and the SLS Core Stage. Previously she was awarded the Early Career Achievement Metal. More recently, Maine has worked as contracting officer for the Lab Services Contract and the new construction task order under the Multiple Award Construction Contract.
Still a Slidell resident, the Louisiana native also has supported the Procurement Management Review for the Office of Procurement at NASA Headquarters. Maine also currently serves as executive secretary for the Stennis Control Board. The contract specialist points to the environment created at Stennis through a diverse workforce as the best part of working at Stennis.
Looking forward, Maine said she is most excited about what is to come at Stennis, the innovative genius concept or idea that will be tested next, and the various commercial, even global, companies Stennis will be doing business with in the future.

For information about Stennis Space Center, visit Stennis Space Center.