For release: 11/27/02
Release #: 02-312
Nelson C. Parker named manager of Engineering Systems Department at NASA’s Marshall Center
Nelson C. Parker has been appointed manager of the Engineering Systems Department at the Marshall Center. In his new position, Parker is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the research and development efforts of the department in support of Marshall Center programs and projects.
Photo: Nelson (NASA/MSFC)
Nelson C. Parker has been appointed manager of the Engineering Systems Department at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
In his new position in the Engineering Directorate, Parker, who manages approximately 80 civil servants and over 100 contractors, is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the research and development efforts of the department in support of Marshall Center programs and projects. The department’s primary functions include systems engineering support; configuration and data management; and environments definition, modeling, and analysis.
His department also manages the Technical Standards program for NASA, which provides a Web-based "one stop shop" for preferred NASA, federal and non-government technical standards.
Parker began his NASA career in 1975 as a mass properties engineer in the Systems Analysis and Integration Laboratory. He has held numerous positions at Marshall. In January 2000, he was named deputy manager of the Engineering Systems Department. He was appointed in 1999 as assistant to the director of the Engineering Directorate. From 1995 to 1999, he was chief of the Technical Staff Office, Systems Analysis and Integration Laboratory, and from 1993 to 1995, he served as deputy chief of the Systems Integration Division, also within the Systems Analysis and Integration Laboratory.
He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1999, recognizing significant, sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creativity.
A 1971 graduate of Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Va., Parker received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 1975. He earned a master’s degree in administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1984.
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