J. Wayne Littles
|Jerroll Wayne Littles|
Official NASA portrait of J. Wayne Littles
|Born||1939 (age 76–77)
|Title||Director of the
Marshall Space Flight Center
- Attended Moultrie High School, graduating in 1957.
- Graduated from Georgia Tech in 1962 with a BME; Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi and Briaerean societies.
- Mechanical Engineering master's degree from the University of Southern California in 1964.
- Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1969.
- Harvard University, Boston, MA, Advanced Management Program in 1990.
- Aerospace Engineer, North American Aviation, 1962
- Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, California, worked in the propulsion area 1962-1964
- Research Engineer, Teledyne Brown Engineering, 1964
Prior to his appointment as Center Director, Littles served as NASA Associate Administrator for the Office of Space Flight (1994-1996). Littles began his NASA career in 1967 when he worked as an engineer in Marshall's former Propulsion and Vehicle Engineering Directorate. He worked in various capacities at the Marshall Center, including Science Engineering Director (1988-1989) and Center Deputy Director (1989-1994) before transferring to NASA Headquarters in 1994, as Chief Engineer. Littles was involved in the redesign of the space shuttle booster rockets, blamed for the Challenger disaster in 1986.
During his two years as Center Director, Dr. Littles' administration was responsible for the space lab mission, the space science projects, alternative light-weight launch vehicles, and their engine development. He retired from NASA in 1998.
Littles is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- "J. Wayne Littles". Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Retrieved October 28, 2007.
- "Biography / Evaluation Report of Subcommittee For Space Utilization". NASDA. Retrieved October 28, 2007.[dead link]
- "New Head Official for Space Shuttle Office". The New York Times. November 21, 1994. Retrieved October 28, 2007.