Press Release

NASA Recognized for Excellence in Project Management

By SpaceRef Editor
October 16, 2009
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NASA Recognized for Excellence in Project Management

NASA has been recognized for 40 years of shared project management success by the Project Management Institute, or PMI, of Newton Square, Pa.

“NASA has advanced the discipline of project, program and portfolio management by example,” said Ricardo Viana Vargas, chairman of the PMI Board of Directors during their Global Congress-North America annual conference that took place in Orlando, Fla., in October. Vargas also noted that 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of PMI and the Apollo 11 moon landing.

“As our missions have become increasingly international and collaborative, we are grateful to PMI for its tireless efforts in advocating project management competencies and standards that reflect the global nature of complex projects today,” said NASA Chief Engineer Mike Ryschkewitsch, who accepted the award on behalf of the agency.

NASA and PMI work together toward shared goals of project management excellence. Through NASA’s Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership, or APPEL, the agency has collaborated with PMI on research and educational efforts including project management certification. NASA also has participated as members of PMI’s Global Corporate Council, a group of project-based organizations committed to improving performance on complex projects.

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SpaceRef staff editor.