Stephen F. Cash has been named manager of the Shuttle Propulsion Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
Cash assumes responsibility for directing the project activities of the shuttle's primary propulsion elements, including the main engines, reusable solid rocket boosters with their reusable solid rocket motors and the external tank. He also will be responsible for directing the transition and retirement of shuttle assets and capabilities and identifying areas of cooperation between the Shuttle and Constellation programs.
Cash served as acting manager of the Shuttle Propulsion Office beginning in May 2007 and as deputy manager since August 2006. He succeeds Robert Lightfoot, who served in the position since 2005 and was recently named deputy director of the Marshall Center.
Cash has a long history of involvement in the Shuttle Program. He began his NASA career in 1982 as a stress analyst in Marshall's Structures and Propulsion Laboratory. In 1986, he was assigned to the Solid Rocket Booster Redesign Team where he was in charge of the transient pressure full scale test article. He became manager of the Advanced Solid Rocket Booster Case Subsystem in 1989. He returned to the Redesigned Solid Rocket Motor Office in 1993, where he served as a subsystem manager, branch manager and chief engineer. He was named deputy manager of the Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Project in 2000. Beginning in 2003, he spent one year at Kennedy Space Center as an assistant to the launch manager and working on Return to Flight launch issues. He was appointed NASA Engineering and Safety Center Chief Engineer in 2005, leading a Marshall team assisting with independent and in-depth technical reviews. Throughout his 25-year NASA career, Cash has distinguished himself at Marshall and throughout the agency as a subject matter expert in the design, development, test and manufacture of large and complex space propulsion systems. He has consistently broadened his leadership perspective and versatility by accepting developmental assignments and leading numerous interagency, international and cross-functional teams. He has participated in numerous project management and advanced leadership classes at prestigious institutions such as Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In June 2006, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service, the personnel system covering top managerial positions in approximately 75 federal agencies.
Cash earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1981. He has received numerous awards for his dedication and service to NASA, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1997 for significant contributions to the NASA mission; a Silver Snoopy Award in 1992 for contributions to the success of human space flight mission; and a Director's Commendation in 1988 for contributions to the Solid Rocket Booster Redesign Teams.