Press Release

Nine Marshall Center managers selected for NASA Fellowships

By SpaceRef Editor
May 10, 2001
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Nine employees at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.,
have been selected for the 2001 NASA Fellowship Program, to participate in
advanced study at colleges and universities across the country.

They were chosen for their leadership, management ability, work experience
and achievements. Depending on the fellowship, the program can encompass as
little as a week or up to several months of intensive study.

The fellowships are competitive to make sure the most qualified candidates
are selected for the right program at the right time in their career. The
participants are expected to quickly apply their knowledge and share it when
they return to NASA.

The Marshall participants are among a group of 48 chosen from NASA centers
nationwide.

Peter W. Allen, manager of the Facilities Engineering Department, was
selected for the Leading With Impact Program at Pennsylvania State
University in State College, Pa.

David K. Bates, Marshall’s chief financial officer, will participate in the
Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University in Cambridge,
Mass.

Robert H. Champion Jr., manager of the Internal Relations and Communications
Department, was chosen for the Creativity and Innovation in the Organization
Program at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Thomas F. Fleming, associate director for management in the Science
Directorate, will attend the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at
the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va.

James R. Frees, deputy chief counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel, was
chosen for the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University.

Roy W. Malone, manager of the Logistics Services Department in the Center
Operations Directorate, was selected for the Management Development Program
at Harvard University.

Jody A. Singer, assistant manager of the Space Shuttle Projects Office, was
chosen for the Leading With Impact Program at Pennsylvania State University
in State College, Pa.

James E. Turner, deputy manager of the Subsystem and Component Development
Department in the Space Transportation Directorate, will participate in the
Institute for Managerial Leadership at the University of Texas in Austin.

Debrah B. Underwood, group lead for training and crew operations in the
Payload Operations and Integration Department, was selected for the
Strategic Leadership for Women Program at Simmons College Graduate School of
Management in Boston, Mass.

The candidates must complete detailed applications, and in some instances
have personal interviews with a selection panel. Management representatives
from across NASA comprise the panel and make the final choices for
participation in the fellowship program.

The Marshall Center is NASA’s lead center for development of space
transportation and propulsion systems, as well as microgravity research —
unique scientific studies conducted in the near-weightlessness of space —
and for advanced large optics manufacturing technology.

In the past, Marshall played key roles in the development and operation of
the Saturn V rocket, Skylab, Lunar Roving Vehicle, Spacelab and Hubble Space
Telescope. Today, the Center’s primary management responsibilities include
Space Shuttle propulsion systems; Chandra X-Ray Observatory; future
large-scale space optics systems; Space Launch Initiative; space science and
Earth science; and all science payload operations aboard the International
Space Station. Marshall is responsible for developing advanced space
transportation systems designed to further the exploration of space while
slashing the cost of getting there from today’s $10,000 per pound to only
hundreds of dollars per pound, and even less. The Center is working to
bring a future among the stars closer to reality for the people of Earth.

SpaceRef staff editor.