Cook named Deputy Director at Stennis

Published 3:21 pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012

 NASA announced  that Jerry Cook has been selected as the deputy director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, the agency’s primary testing ground for rocket engines and propulsion systems, and its systems engineering center for applied science activities.

Cook served as the associate program manager of the Space Launch System (SLS) Program Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He has served in a dual role as manager of the SLS Program Planning and Control Office.

He began his NASA career in 1985 as a test engineer at Marshall. While at Marshall, he worked his way up to hold various management-level positions, including manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project Office.

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“I am confident Jerry’s leadership and rocket propulsion test experience make him an excellent fit as Stennis deputy director,” Stennis Director Rick Gilbrech said following the announcement.

Cook has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama. The recipient of numerous awards, he has received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals.

The Stennis facility has been responsible for testing all of the engines used in manned Apollo flights and in space shuttle missions. It currently has a vibrant role in testing the next generation of rocket engines to be used in America’s space program.

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