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Timmy R. Wilson

Director, NASA Engineering and Safety Center

After his graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1981, Mr. Wilson was assigned to the 6595th Shuttle Test Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, as project manager for development of the Shuttle Integrated Operations Support Center.  He was re-assigned to the 6595th Operating Location at the Kennedy Space Center in 1984 where he served with NASA for 2 years as a Shuttle Orbital Maneuvering and Reaction Control (OMS/RCS) Systems Engineer before returning to Vandenberg to assist with activation of hypergolic propulsion systems at the Shuttle Launch Site.  Mr. Wilson joined NASA in 1987 and returned to the Kennedy Space Center where he continued to serve as an OMS/RCS Systems Engineer, responsible for test and checkout of Shuttle OMS/RCS flight systems.  He was promoted to Chief of the Shuttle Processing Hypergolics, Hydraulics, and Life Support Branch in 1995, then to Chief of the Shuttle Processing Fluid Systems Division in 1998.  In 2002 he was selected to serve as Deputy Chief Engineer for Shuttle Processing where he remained until his selection to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) in 2003 as the Chief Engineer at the Kennedy Space Center.  In early 2006, Mr. Wilson moved to the Langley Research Center where he assumed the position of NESC Deputy Director.  In June 2014, he was promoted to his current position as Director of the NESC.

Mr. Wilson holds a BS in Astronautical Engineering from the USAF Academy and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida.

Here’s what Tim Wilson had to say about how the NESC keeps its focus on key technical risks.