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JOHN CHAPMAN TO LEAD EXTERNAL TANK PROJECT



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June Malone

Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256/544-0034)
    
December 5, 2005


JOHN CHAPMAN SELECTED TO LEAD EXTERNAL TANK PROJECT OFFICE AT NASA'S
MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
John Chapman has been named manager of the External Tank Project Office
in the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Ala.
In his new position, Chapman will lead one of NASA's highest profile
space shuttle projects and direct a workforce of more than 2,000
government and contractor employees. Chapman served as chief engineer in
the Shuttle Propulsion Office from September 2004 until assuming his new
position. As a leader in the Marshall Center Office of Chief Engineers,
part of the center's Engineering Directorate, Chapman's work included
resolving problems and providing technical recommendations about flight
hardware and program issues for the Shuttle Propulsion Program manager.

Chapman is a 25-year NASA veteran who has been involved with the shuttle
since its development and has held nearly every office manager, deputy
manager and business manager post at Marshall in the Space Shuttle
Program. In his new position, Chapman and his team will continue working
to resolve foam insulation loss from the external fuel tank seen during
Space Shuttle Discovery's launch in July.
Chapman was appointed to the Senior Executive Service - the personnel
system that covers most of the top managerial, supervisory and policy
positions in the executive branch of the government - in 2004.

Prior to joining NASA, Chapman spent almost seven years in private
industry. Working first for Northrop Services and then for D.P.
Associates, both of Huntsville, Chapman performed engineering studies on
the early development phases of the space shuttle, including providing
technical and project software for the solid rocket booster project. In
1979, he joined Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, working in the
defense industry to field-test laser-based missile guidance systems for
the U.S. Army.

Chapman, who grew up in Spartanburg, S.C., earned a bachelor's degree in
industrial engineering in 1973 from the Georgia Institute of Technology
in Atlanta. He has participated in various executive-level training
courses, including Harvard University's "Promoting Innovation and
Organizational Change."

Chapman is the co-author of three technical publications. He has
received numerous NASA honors and awards, including the NASA Exceptional
Service Medal in 1988 for his work as business manager of the Space
Shuttle Main Engine Project.

He lives in Madison with his wife, Cynthia, a NASA chemist, and their
two sons, Brian and Cory.

http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight

On the Web:

News Release
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2005/05-186.html

Photo:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/multimedia/photos/2005/photos05-186
.html
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