NASA ARC Memo: Management Appointments: Details and Appointments

Status Report From: Ames Research Center
Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

From: Centerwide Announcement
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 10:50 AM
Subject: Management Appointments: Details and Appointments

Message from the Center Director Management Appointments: Details and Appointments

I am pleased to announce the following details and appointments occurring at the Center effective on Monday, March 12, 2012.

Pending Headquarters approval of their permanent reassignments into these positions, the Senior Executives below will be detailed into the following positions:

Deborah Feng will be Acting Associate Director for Mission Support. Ms. Feng has over 20 years of experience in various critical positions at Ames, including Center Operations Director, Deputy Director of New Ventures and Communications, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, and Associate Director for Research and Development Services. She has a vast amount of technical and operational experience and spent the majority of the first part of her career as a financial analyst, both for Ames and the private sector. Ms. Feng has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her M.S. degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. Paul Agnew's detail into this position has ended and he will continue in his position as the Chief Financial Officer. I would like to thank Paul for Acting in this position for the past six months.

Charles Duff will be Acting Center Operations Director. Mr. Duff was the Director of Safety and Mission Assurance. Previously, he has held positions as the Ames Procurement Officer, Deputy Director of Center Operations, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Procurement at NASA Headquarters, and spent several years at NASA HQ serving as a senior procurement analyst. Mr. Duff served in several key positions within the Department of the Air Force before he joined NASA in 1992. Mr. Duff received a B.A. degree in Political Science with an emphasis on international security affairs from Whitman College in Washington State.

David Korsmeyer, Chief, Intelligent Systems Division, will be Acting Director for Engineering. Dr. Korsmeyer has been the Chief of the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center since 2003. He began his career at Ames in 1991 as an Aerospace Engineer supporting advanced software concepts and systems into NASA missions. He has led and participated in many successful projects (HEDP, EUVE Automation, DARWIN, MER CIP, JIMO GN&C, JSC/MOD tools, etc) and served in several senior Program roles (IT Base, IS, ISE, CICT, ETDP-ISHM) across the agency. Recently he supported the President's Human Space Flight Review panel where he lead the technical analysis for the Flexible Path Architecture. Dr. Korsmeyer is currently a member of the Human Spaceflight Architecture Team's (HAT) Technical Development group, a member of the OCT's Technical Area 4 panel in Autonomy, and the Advanced Exploration Systems POC for Ames. Dr. Korsmeyer received his B.S in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University, an M.S, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Sloan Fellow with a Master's in Business Management from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

In addition, the following temporary details into the Senior Executive Service and reassignments will also be effective on March 12, 2012:

Phil Luna will be Acting Director for Safety and Mission Assurance Office. Phil Luna has served as the Acting Director of Engineering over the past six months and has been the Associate Director of Engineering for the past six years. Prior positions included Assistant Division Chief of the Engineering Systems Division, Assistant Branch Chief of the Electrical Systems and Electronics Branch, as well as a detailed assignment to the Systems Management Office. He began his career at NASA Ames Research Center over 30 years ago as a co-op student in the Mechanical Systems Branch where he was responsible for the design, analysis, testing, and check-out of mechanical systems, hardware, instrumentation, and facilities used for ground-based, airborne, and space flight applications. Some of the more notable projects that he was involved with include the Vertical Motion Simulator, the Animal Enclosure Modules, the 12' Wind Tunnel Restoration, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. He also provided systems engineering and project management support and continues to support Agency initiatives and training for Systems Engineering, Project Management and Technical Standards. He taught Fluid Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Mathematics at San Jose State University and supported the National Hispanic University in the development and articulation of its mathematics curriculum to achieve WASC accreditation. Phil's recent accomplishments include receiving the NASA Ames Honor Award for Supervisor/Manager Excellence, the Luminary Award from the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference, and selection and completion of executive training at the Federal Executive Institute and the Penn State Executive Program. Phil received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and Stanford University, respectively, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering.

James Clement will be Acting Deputy Director, Exploration Technology. Mr. Clement joined NASA at the Johnson Space Center in 1983 as a Space Shuttle Mission Control Center (MCC) flight controller. His responsibilities continued to grow with his service as Chief of the Payload Operations Branch and later as the Chief of the Operations Division in the Mission Operations Directorate. His Division was responsible for Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) crew timeline development, Shuttle cargo integration and operations, management of the Shuttle and ISS operational procedure processes, and for providing analysis and operation concepts in support of ISS programmatic design reviews. Mr. Clement came to Ames in 2007, and after serving as acting Chief of the Human Systems Integration Division, he became the Associate Director of the Exploration Technology Directorate. Prior to joining NASA, he had a distinguished career as an active duty USAF pilot. Following active duty, he served as an aerospace engineer in the AF Reserve at Wright-Patterson AFB. He retired as a Colonel in 2001. Mr. Clement is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a commercial pilot's license. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of Arkansas. Stephanie Langhoff, Chief Scientist, has been appointed as the Senior Science Advisor. Dr. Langhoff's research interests include molecular structure and spectroscopy studies using initioquantum mechanical methods, with relevance to the fields of astrophysics, atmospheric chemistry, aerothermodynamics, re-entry physics, and combustion chemistry. She has over 200 refereed papers in the literature, and she is one of the most cited physical chemists in the world. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Chemistry from Colorado College in 1968, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan Program.

Jacob Cohen has been appointed as the Center Chief Scientist. He recently was the Chief Scientist and the International Space Station (ISS) Utilization Research and Functionality Project Manager (Acting) for the NASA Ames ISS Utilization Office and the Deputy Division Chief (Acting) for the Mission Design Division within the Engineering Directorate, at NASA Ames Research Center. Pursuing an understanding of evolutionary changes due to extreme environments, Dr. Cohen started work at NASA Ames Research Center in 2001 as a Senior Scientist and Site Manager with Science and Technology Corp. Expanding his management experience portfolio, Dr. Cohen held the positions of Special Assistant to the Director of Advanced Capabilities at NASA Headquarters (Universities Space Research Association) and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Scientist at National Stem Cell, Inc. Dr. Cohen became a Civil Servant at NASA starting in 2007 and held the position of Program Executive at NASA Headquarters, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Advanced Capabilities Division (ACD). In this position he was the lead for fundamental space biology. Dr. Cohen received his Doctorate from New York University in the area of molecular evolution. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Ophthalmology Research Laboratories in the area of viral host relationships. For his numerous contributions, Dr. Cohen has received various NASA and external awards and honors.

S. Pete Worden
Center Director

to which the union replies

Subject: [AFEU] A step backwards
From: Stone, Leland S.
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 12:35
Attachments: WordenAllHands01-19-11.pdf Dear Ames Federal Employee:

Sadly, Dr. Worden ignored the Union's appeal to his better angels and instead moved forward with the selection of a new Chief Scientist by royal proclamation, instead of embracing a merit-based, fair, and open competition. Rather than his asserting absolute power in this matter, we had hoped that he would rely on the wisdom and counsel of an independent selection panel of distinguished Life, Earth, and Space Scientists from Ames and elsewhere (or some effective equivalent), after a review of applications to an open call. Unfortunately, he chose not to go in that direction.

Two-years ago, Dr. Worden told the Union that he was serious about making significant reforms in response to his poor Survey results. We took him at his word, so we have held off on public criticism, and instead have been quietly working with interested Org Directors and HR folks in that effort. Regrettably, today's announcement shows that the Center Director does not truly acknowledge the causal link between his actions and his Survey scores. His directed appointment of a new Chief Scientist violates the principles of fairness and trust that he claims are guiding his behavior (see attached January 2011 All-Hands charts, particularly pp. 15-20 and 25-26). Indeed, his commitment to repair the breach between himself and his employees appears to have faltered and his response to our "holding his feet to the fire" (as per his explicit request on p. 26) was not encouraging.

With or without N200's help, the Union remains committed to maintaining technical excellence and improving morale across all of Ames but, for Ames to return to its higher pre-Worden Survey rankings, we -- the rank-and-file employees -- will need to fight to make Ames a better and more productive workplace through bottom-up empowerment and reforms, one small step at a time. Yesterday may have been a disappointment, but there will be victories ahead. Your Union will keep you posted on the progress as together we press on.


President, AFEU
IFPTE local 30

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