Systems Engineering Seminar

Goddard Mission Success

Presented by: Richard Day
Office of Mission Success Code 170
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

March 7, 2006, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

Goddard Mission Success

Goddard has a rich legacy of mission success. We can learn a great deal from our tremendous record of success, as well as the occasional mishaps, and effectively manage the challenges and risks we face on current missions. The Office of Mission Success is leading multi-faceted, highly-integrated activities across the Center to leverage the Center's experienced-based wisdom in project management and system engineering and extend it well into the future.



Photo of Rich Day Mr. Richard Day is Director of Mission Success at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The Office of Mission Success synthesizes a broad spectrum of information, from a wide array of internal and external sources, to provide an overall assessment of Center risk posture, and engages in preventative and corrective actions to assure the success of Goddard managed missions, and make Goddard a stronger organization. Mr. Day provides executive leadership of the directives, standards, independent assessment, systems management, knowledge management, risk management, problem reporting and trending functions of the Center.

Mr. Day previously served as Deputy Director for Systems Management in the Office of Systems Safety and Mission Assurance. He served in Agency-level roles as Executive Secretary of the NASA Program Management Council Working Group, advising Agency leadership on program/project management policies, and as the leader of a NASA Integrated Action Team (NIAT) sub-team in response to the management challenges of the late 1990’s. He was Project Manager for the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe launched in 2001. He led cutting edge spacecraft and ground system advanced technology development efforts for the Explorer Program and managed the spacecraft development for the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer launched in 1995. He joined NASA as a student intern in 1977 and subsequently held increasingly responsible positions in the system engineering and technical management of small, medium & large Earth and Space Science projects launched by Expendable Launch Vehicles and the Space Shuttle.

Mr. Day earned the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive and NASA Medals for Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Service, among other individual and group awards. He completed the Contemporary Executive Development Program at George Washington University, holds a MS degree in Space Technology from the Johns Hopkins University and a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.


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