NASA Announces New Stennis Space Center Deputy Director

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2002

Michael U. Rudolphi has been named Deputy Center Director for NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, effective in November after the next Space Shuttle launch, STS-113. As Deputy Director, Rudolphi will support Center Director William W. Parsons in managing NASA's rocket propulsion test capabilities and Earth Science applications.

Rudolphi has served as Manager, Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Project, at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama, since January 2000. "Michael's selection supports the 'One NASA' initiative, and it will enhance the long standing partnership between Stennis and Marshall. It also promotes senior executive mobility within the agency," said NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Flight, William F. Readdy.

Rudolphi began his career with NASA at Marshall in 1988 as Facility Manager for the Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Project in Luka, Miss. He managed the design, construction and operation of an ultra-modern $700 million rocket manufacturing facility.

Prior to that, Rudolphi was on special assignment to the Solid Rocket Booster Project (SRB) managing the resident office at the contractor plant at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He also served as Project Manager, SRB, from March 1999 to January 2000.

"Stennis is a unique federal and commercial city comprised of NASA and 30 other resident federal, state, academic and private organizations," Readdy said. "I am pleased Michael Rudolphi will serve at Stennis as one of the NASA's key leaders."

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