For release: 05/23/02
Release #: 02-127
James M. Ellis named Chief Information Officer at NASA's Marshall Center
James M. Ellis has been appointed Chief Information Officer for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Photo: Ellis (NASA/MSFC)
In his new position in the Center Operations Directorate, Ellis is responsible for overseeing Marshall's information technology, or IT program, to ensure computer capacity and availability to perform a wide array of business functions at the Center. He will direct Marshall's overall information technology plans, set standards, and oversee its staff. Ellis will also continue to serve as manager of the Information Services Department, a position he has held since March. In that capacity he supervises a staff of more than 60 civil servants and approximately 900 contractor personnel who provide computer and communications systems for Marshall.
Ellis began his NASA career at the Marshall Center in 1981 as a technical resources manager. He has held increasingly challenging positions during his career at Marshall, including manager of the Space Shuttle Program Planning and Management Systems Office; assistant manager of the Space Shuttle Projects Office; assistant director of the Center Operations Directorate; and deputy director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Office.
A 1962 graduate of Huntsville High School, Ellis received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1966. He earned a master's degree in economics from South Dakota State University at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., in 1975. He received an associate's degree in computer science in 1977 from Enterprise State Junior College in Enterprise, Ala.
Prior to joining NASA, Ellis provided operations research, systems analysis and cost analysis for Patriot and other missile systems for the U.S. Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, and for the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Alabama Air National Guard in 1989.
Ellis and his wife Chris live in Huntsville. The couple has three children.