From: Marshall Space Flight Center
Posted: Friday, May 11, 2007
From: Message From the Center Director - MSFC
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 3:02 PM
To: MSFC-DL-The Marshall Team
Subject: Key Personnel Announcement: Daniel L. Dumbacher
I am pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Daniel L. Dumbacher to the position of Director, Engineering Directorate, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Alabama. Mr. Dumbacher replaces Mr. Michael U. Rudolphi who retired in March 2007.
Since September 2005, Mr. Dumbacher has served as Deputy Director of the Exploration Launch Office. In this position, he is responsible for assisting the director in the overall project management of NASA's Ares I crew launch vehicle and Ares V cargo launch vehicle.
Mr. Dumbacher began his federal career in 1979 as an engineering aide in MSFC's Structures and Propulsion Laboratory. Since then, he has served in a variety of leadership positions at Marshall and has continually demonstrated exceptional leadership and technical expertise to numerous areas of advanced space transportation research and technology development. He has played key leadership roles in important NASA programs and projects such as the X-37 and X-33 projects, the Orbital Space Plane Program, the 2nd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle Program, and the Delta Clipper-Experimental Advanced Flight Vehicle Project. He has served in such strategic positions as Assistant Manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Project at Marshall, Program Manager of the SSME Project at NASA Headquarters, and Deputy Director for Program Assurance in Marshall's Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate.
Throughout his NASA career, he has received numerous awards and honors. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Mechanical Engineer award from his alma mater, Purdue University. He has also received numerous NASA commendations including two Medals for Exceptional Achievement and a Center Director's Commendation.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mr. Dumbacher graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. In 1984, he received his master's degree in administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
I know I can count on you to give Mr. Dumbacher your full cooperation and support as he assumes his new role of Director, Engineering Directorate.
David A. King
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