For release: 12/05/02
Release #: 02-306
Henderson named Chief Operating Officer for National Space Science and Technology Center
Robin N. Henderson has been named chief operating officer of the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Ala. The center, which enables cutting-edge research by placing scientists and educators together in one facility, is operated by a partnership that includes NASA's Marshall Center and the Alabama Space Science and Technology Alliance a group of seven Alabama universities, and industry affiliates.
Photo: Henderson (NASA\MSFC)
Robin N. Henderson has been named chief operating officer of the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Ala. The center, which enables cutting-edge research by placing scientists and educators together in one facility, is operated by a partnership that includes NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and the Alabama Space Science and Technology Alliance a group of seven Alabama universities, and industry affiliates
In her new position, Henderson will be responsible for day-to-day management and operations of the space science center and for making strategic planning recommendations to the center’s executive director.
“Being a part of a collaborative effort that advances science and technology while training the next generation of scientists and engineers is equally challenging and rewarding,” Henderson said. “And having the opportunity to do this kind of work in the area where I grew up is an added bonus.”
Henderson, a native of Decatur, Ala., joined the Marshall Center in 1983, working in the Program Planning and Control Office for the Hubble Space Telescope – the first of NASA’s great observatories. In 1986, she accepted a one-year assignment at NASA Headquarters in Washington, working on development of the International Space Station.
She returned to the Marshall Center in 1987 as assistant manager in the Space Systems Project Office. During that time, Henderson served in a number of key roles, including business manager for both the Upper Stage Projects Office and the Microgravity Projects Office. In 1998, Henderson was named deputy director for the Center’s Microgravity Research Program Office.
During her career at Marshall, Henderson has received a number of awards, including NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for outstanding contributions in planning and developing multiple microgravity projects. She also has received several NASA Group Achievement Awards, and a number of Special Service Awards for exceptional contributions toward reaching NASA’s space mission goals. In 1993, she was the only NASA employee selected – out of more than 400 federal workers – to attend a program management training course sponsored by the Department of Defense in Fort Belvoir, Va.
The former Robin Neely, Henderson is a graduate of Austin High School in Decatur. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1983. During her time away from the space program, she enjoys gardening and working with her church group.
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