Graduate takes over NASA facility
Coosa High graduate takes over NASA facility
Posted on 04/05/2012
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Quality education for quality life is not just a slogan for Floyd County Schools but rather a commitment that the sky is the limit for system graduates. For Coosa High graduate Chris M. Crumbly, the sky has proven to be no limit as he was recently appointed director of NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Crumbly will oversee the multi-tenant manufacturing facility, where development of NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, and Orion spacecraft is under way. The SLS will carry the Orion crew vehicle, as well as important cargo, equipment and science experiments to Earth's orbit and destinations beyond. Michoud, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is one of the world's largest manufacturing plants. 

Crumbly was previously deputy director of Michoud where he provided day-to-day management of the facility and worked to build a broader base with government, university and private sector entities.

Crumbly is also serving a concurrent role as the NASA Research Announcement Evaluation Team Chairperson for the Space Launch System Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction effort. He is responsible for leading a team of experts in the evaluation of proposals contributing to the development of a Space Launch System Advanced Booster.

Crumbly was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2011 as the senior advisor to the associate administrator for NASA's Mission Support Directorate at NASA Headquarters. The Senior Executive Service is the personnel system covering top managerial positions in approximately 75 federal agencies. He oversaw implementation of the Institutional Readiness Project -- an effort led by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, charged with enacting a robust and balanced strategy to streamline, modernize and align institutional infrastructure with mission needs.

Crumbly has been busy since graduation from Coosa High, he has served on detail at NASA Headquarters as special assistant to the deputy administrator where he was project director for the Institutional Readiness Project, he was assistant manager of the Marshall Center’s Science & Missions Systems Office, and he has served as deputy manager of the Propulsion Systems Engineering and Integration Office in the Marshall Shuttle Propulsion Office. In that position, he served as a member of the Shuttle Mission Management Team, and directed 70 NASA and contractor engineers. Crumbley has been integration manager in the Spacelab Management Office, managed the integration of two Spacelab Module Missions, and he was a project manager for the Space Launch Initiative Program that became the Orbital Space Plane (OSP) Program. 

In 1999, Crumbly was the ISS congressional affairs officer within NASA’s Office of Human Spaceflight. He returned to Washington as a senior space analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2000-2001. His third rotation to NASA Headquarters was in 2004, when he was the Constellation chief systems engineer in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate.

Crumbly also has experience in the private sector. Prior to rejoining NASA in 2009, he was vice president for NASA Systems for aerospace contractor Quadrus Corp. in Huntsville. He was responsible for all NASA support and served as a senior advisor to the Ares V Project Office. From July 2007 through July 2008, he was a senior program manager for Ball Aerospace in Huntsville, as the company pursued a Constellation contract for the Ares I Instrument Unit. From June 1988 through March 1989, Crumbly worked at Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville as a stress analyst on Spacelab Payload Integration.

After graduation from Coosa High School, Crumbly earned both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in aerospace engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. He also is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Crumbly and his wife, the former Lynn Odom, also of Rome, have two sons and reside in Madison, Ala. His parents, Charles and Paulette Crumbly, reside in Rome.