Teresa B. Vanhooser has been named to the position of Deputy Director, Marshall Space Flight Center, effective immediately.
Ms. Vanhooser currently serves as Manager of the Center’s Flight Programs and Partnerships Office (FPPO). Named to the position in September 2011, Ms. Vanhooser is responsible for overall management and direction of the office, including an annual budget of $108M and a combined workforce of over 400 civil servants and contractors. She holds primary responsibility for managing the implementation of the Center’s work portfolio in the areas of human exploration projects and tasks; flight mission programs and projects; and International Space Station (ISS) integration and operations. The office also identifies opportunities to develop and maintain partnerships with other government agencies, and international and commercial partners that will help achieve NASA’s vision.
From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Vanhooser served as Deputy Manager, Acting Manager, and, subsequently, Manager of the Ares Projects Office at Marshall, responsible for developing the Ares I
and Ares V launch vehicles. She was co-Deputy Director of Marshall’s Engineering Directorate from 2004 to 2007. In this role, she led a highly-skilled and technical workforce engaged in the design, test, evaluation, and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems, and science instruments and payloads. As Deputy Director of the Flight Projects Directorate in 2004, Ms. Vanhooser was responsible for project management, design, development, integration, testing, and operations of ground and flight systems for the ISS, as well as Chandra X-ray Observatory operations. From 2000 to 2004, she served as manager of the Payload Operations and Integration Department, overseeing all ISS science research experiment operations, payload training, and safety programs for the ISS crew and MSFC’s ground support personnel, and the development, integration and delivery of multiple payload racks. From 1987 to 2000, she served in the Flight Projects Office in a variety of leadership positions, including Manager of the Space Station Utilization Office, Mission Manager of the MSL-1 and ATLAS-2 missions, and Assistant Manager of the ATLAS-1 mission.
Ms. Vanhooser began her NASA career at MSFC in 1980 as an engineer in the Ground Systems Analysis Branch, where she was responsible for defining and developing requirements for
integration and testing of payloads for the Spacelab carrier. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1980, and a master’s degree in administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1986. She has received numerous awards, including a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and a Silver Snoopy Award. In 2007, she was presented the Engineer of Distinction Award, the highest award offered to alumni from the College of Engineering at Tennessee Technological University.