Theron Bradley, Jr.,

Chief Engineer, NASA

2003 MAPLD International Conference

Reagan Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 9-11, 2003

Theron M. Bradley Jr., Chief Engineer, NASA
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Welcome and Opening Remarks
Theron M. Bradley Jr.
Chief Engineer
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, on May 13, 2002, named Theron M. Bradley Jr. as the agency's Chief Engineer, responsible for the overall review and technical readiness of all NASA programs.

Bradley, 55, is a former nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy, serving in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. He has also served as a civilian with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense in numerous leadership and management positions with the Office of Naval Reactors, both in Washington and in the Idaho branch.

"As this agency explores next-generation technology and propulsion alternatives, it's important to have someone who can provide an independent technical review of our programs and projects," said Administrator O'Keefe. "Theron's impressive credentials as a technical designer and engineer will be instrumental in evaluating the development success and safety of our future ventures."

Reporting directly to the Administrator, Bradley will ensure development efforts and mission operations are being planned and conducted on a sound engineering basis and will provide an integrated focus for agency-wide engineering policies, standards and practices.

During his Navy career, Bradley served as Director, Submarine Systems, for theTrident submarine program and was instrumental in the initial design of the nuclear propulsion plant for Nimitz class aircraft carriers and the advanced reactor design for Los Angeles class submarines.

Since 1982, he has served the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion as a field representative and manager of the branch office in Idaho, in charge of nuclear operations.

Bradley joined the agency as Chief Engineer in July 2002. The Chief Engineer’s office is chartered to improve engineering and program management across the agency. In August 2002 he was appointed chairman of the CONTOUR Mission Mishap Investigation Team. This team was to investigate the loss of the CONTOUR mission space probe.

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