UNO Alumnus Named Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

University of New Orleans alumnus Patrick Scheuermann has been named director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Scheuermann previously served as director of the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss. He is a New Orleans native who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UNO.

Scheuermann has provided executive leadership, overall direction and management of Stennis since being named that center's director in 2010. He was responsible for implementing NASA's mission in the area of rocket propulsion testing, and developing and maintaining NASA's world-class rocket propulsion test facilities.

Scheuermann previously served as Stennis' deputy director and associate director, in addition to working as chief operating officer of NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Since joining NASA in 1988 as a propulsion test engineer, he worked on numerous major test projects at Stennis, including serving as project manager for NASA's Reusable Launch Vehicle program, a NASA-industry effort to develop a new generation of safe and cost-effective rockets to send payloads to space.

Since it was established in 1960, the Marshall Center has used its engineering and scientific expertise to build launch vehicles, spacecraft and scientific instruments that enable the United States to explore and discover. Marshall also manages the Michoud Assembly Facility, a state-of-the-art facility in New Orleans where the space shuttle external tanks were built and which now will be used in the development of the next-generation Space Launch System.