National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Dr. Rickey J. Shyne
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In February 2007, Dr. Rickey J. Shyne was appointed to be Director of the Facilities and Test Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is responsible for managing institutional and test infrastructure assets with a staff of approximately 300 civil servant engineers, architects, technicians, and administrative personnel, supported by 400 support service contractors. His directorate manages a $150 million institutional budget and over $2 billion in test facility and real property assets.
Since joining Glenn in 1984, Dr. Shyne has gained extensive experience performing computational and experimental modeling of components for gas turbine, ramjet and scramjet propulsion systems. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2005. Leading up to his current position, Dr. Shyne served in multiple positions, such as Deputy Director of Engineering and Technical Services, Deputy Director of Safety and Mission Assurance, and Nozzle Branch Chief in the Research and Technology Directorate.
Dr. Shyne received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University (TSU) and a Master of Science degree from the University of Toledo, both in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toledo, completed the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Executive Management Program in Public Policy, the Aspen lnstitute Executive Management Program, and the Pennsylvania State University Engineer/Scientist as a Manager Executive Development Program. He is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio.
Dr. Shyne received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2003, the 2003 National Technical Association Engineer and Technical Achiever of the Year awards, the 2006 NASA Glenn Advancing Careers and Employee Success Mentor of the Year award, and the 2008 Black Engineer of the Year award for Professional Achievement in Government. He has written or co-written 17 technical publications and three peer-reviewed international journal articles focused on aerodynamics/fluid dynamics.
Dr. Shyne holds professional memberships in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Technical Association, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also an advisory board member for engineering programs at Tennessee State (TSU) and Central State Universities, and serves on the doctoral advisory committee for the College of Engineering at TSU. He is also on the board of several Cleveland non-profit organizations.