BRETTEL NAMED RESIDENT MANAGER AT NASA MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY
NEW ORLEANS, LA., March 14th, 2002 -- Stephen Brettel has been named resident manager at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. In his new position Brettel will be responsible for overseeing the production of the Space Shuttle’s External Tank. The Michoud facility is a part of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Brettel began his NASA career in 1989 under an inter-agency work agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The next year he accepted a position as facility manager for the construction of the Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Nozzle Facility in New Orleans. Later, he oversaw test activities for the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project at Stennis Space Center. In 1994, he joined the External Tank (ET) project at Michoud where he worked as a project engineer on the development and implementation of the Super Lightweight Tank. He was promoted to ET Shuttle Upgrades Manager in 2000 and managed the development and implementation of the Friction Stir Weld Project.
Brettel holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of South Alabama. He is currently taking graduate courses in Operational Research and Systems Integration at Mississippi State University.
Active in his community, Brettel coaches Babe Ruth Baseball and is president of the Bay Area Youth Soccer Association in Hancock County, Mississippi. An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoys competing in running and tennis events. Brettel and his wife, Johanna, and their son, Ryan, live on the Gulf Coast.