Carl Preston Jones, a former engineering directorate’s deputy director at NASA, has been promoted to engineering director of the space agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The 35-year agency veteran will lead more than 3,000 civil service and support contractor personnel to design, test and analyze flight hardware and software at Marshall, NASA said Tuesday.
Marshall supports programs such as the Space Launch System, a rocket being designed to carry astronauts into space in the Orion spacecraft.
“We are fortunate to have in Preston a leader intimately familiar with our programs and goals as we continue developing the hardware and the knowledge we will need for the human exploration of deep space and Mars,” said Marshall Director Todd May.
“Over his nearly 35 years with NASA, Preston has been in the forefront of efforts to infuse new technologies into space systems to promote sustainability and affordability.”
Chris Singer, who has led Marshall’s engineering directorate since May 2011, will transition into a new role at NASA’s Washington headquarters as deputy chief engineer for engineering integration.