TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama alumna Jody Singer has been named director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, becoming the first woman to assume the role in the center’s history.
“It’s truly an honor and privilege to represent our team,” said Singer. “We have one of the strongest teams ever at Marshall Space Flight Center, and I know we are going to do great things.”
Singer, a native of Hartselle, earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from UA in 1983. In her role as director, Singer will lead one of NASA’s largest field installations.
“My time at the University significantly prepared me for my career,” said Singer. “My professors did a wonderful job of exposing me to the industry and provided great technical knowledge and people skills.”
Singer started her NASA career in 1985 as an engineer in NASA’s professional intern program. She has served in numerous roles over the years. Singer served as the first woman project manager for the Reusable Solid Rocket Booster Project from 2002 to 2007.
She was deputy director of the Marshall Space Flight Center prior to her new appointment. As director, she will lead almost 6,000 civil service and contractor employees and an annual budget of approximately $2.8 billion.
Singer has received countless awards during her NASA career. She has been honored with two Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Awards, the highest honor for career federal employees.
Singer and her husband, Chris, reside in Huntsville. They have three children and two grandchildren.
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