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North Central Section - SAE

Welcome to the home of the North Central Section SAE chapter!

Our next scheduled meeting will be

at NDSU, with a NASA speaker

SAE Meeting - November 13, 2014

In cooperation with the NDSU SAE Student Section we are excited to bring you SAE Industrial Lecturer...

Mr. Christopher E. Singer from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center presenting...

"Engine of Possibility: Exploration"

Engineering through the lens of both our successes and failures and how some of our basic human nature might be the biggest challenge. 

WHERE:  Construction Management Engineering (CME) Auditorium at NDSU

WHEN:Thursday, November 13, 2014

            6:00 P.M. - Meal at CME Auditorium

            6:30 P.M. - Presentation at CME Auditorium

            NDSU/SAE Lab tours available after the presentation

MEAL: Pizza, pop, and water will be provided. 

COST: None

RSVP: Please respond to info@ncs-sae.org by November 11th.





 Abstract Engineering through the lens of both our successes and failures and how some of our basic human nature might be the biggest challenge.

Biography Christopher (Chris) E. Singer is the director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Appointed to the position in 2011, Mr. Singer leads an organization of 1,400 civil service and 1,200 support contractor employees responsible for the design, testing, evaluation, and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems, science instruments and payloads under development at the Marshall Center. The Engineering Directorate also manages NASA's Payload Operations Center at Marshall, which is the command post for scientific research activities on-board the International Space Station.

Mr. Singer began his NASA career in 1983 as a rocket engine specialist. In 1992, he served a one-year assignment at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, as senior manager for the space shuttle main engine and external tank in the Space Shuttle Support Office.

In 1994, Mr. Singer supervised the development and implementation of safety improvements and upgrades to shuttle propulsion components. In 2000, he was appointed chief engineer in the Space Transportation Directorate then was selected as deputy director of Marshall's Engineering Directorate from 2004 to 2011. He has authored numerous papers on propulsion systems, systems engineering, and cultural factors in high risk systems development including "Success through Failure," "Getting to First Flight," and "Cutting More than Metal--Breaking the development cycle."

In 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives - the highest honor for career federal employees. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2001 and 2008 for his leadership. In 1989, he received the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award from the Astronaut Corps for his contributions to the success of human spaceflight missions.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Singer earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Singer is married to the former Jody Adams of Hartselle, Alabama. They have three children and live in Huntsville, Alabama.


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