Director NASA Michoud Assembly Facility
Keith Hefner is director of NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, one of the world’s largest manufacturing plants. Named to the position in January 2017, he oversees and manages the multi-tenant facility, where key elements of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft are being built.
SLS is the world's most powerful rocket and will carry astronauts in the Orion spacecraft, science experiments and cargo on deep-space missions. Michoud is managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The facility sits on 832 acres and has over 2.2 million square feet of manufacturing space. Michoud's tenants include other federal agencies and commercial companies.
From November 2012 to his current appointment, Hefner was associate program manager of NASA's SLS Program Office at Marshall, managing all SLS program activities. He shared responsibility for a nationwide workforce of more than 4,200 civil servants and contractors with an annual budget of $1.9 billion. Hefner joined the SLS Program as manager of the Program Planning and Control Office. He formulated and executed all SLS resource plans, laying the foundation for efficient and affordable management of the rocket program.
From 2002 until his appointment to SLS, Hefner served as the Chandra X-Ray Observatory program manager. From 2006 to 2011, in addition to his Chandra responsibilities, he led the Space Systems Programs and Projects Office at Marshall. In these roles, he oversaw the design, development, integration, test, launch and operations of multiple science and technology development programs and projects. Hefner has extensive experience developing lifecycle cost estimates and has formulated, executed and overseen budgets in excess of $3 billion.
Hefner was assigned to the Observatory Projects Office in 1986, where he specialized in project and resource management with the Chandra and Hubble Space Telescope programs. He joined NASA in 1985 as a program control engineer in the Program Development Directorate.
He has received numerous awards, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, a Space Flight Awareness Award, the Silver Snoopy Award, multiple Center Director Commendation awards and numerous group achievement awards.
Hefner is a 1984 graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering.
Acting Deputy Director NASA Michoud Assembly Facility
Roslin Hicks currently serves as the acting deputy director of the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the multi-tenant manufacturing facility, where NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft are being built. SLS, the world’s most powerful rocket, will carry astronauts in the Orion crew vehicle, science experiments and cargo on deep-space missions, including journeys to Mars. Michoud, a NASA-owned facility managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the world's largest manufacturing plants. Hicks works to build a broader facility tenant base with government, university and private-sector entities. She is the first female in the history of Michoud to serve in this position.
From August 2008 to her current position, Hicks was the supervisor of Planning and Facilities Utilization Office including both the Master Planning Team and the Real Property and Facilities Utilization Team. She was responsible for the development of major facilities projects, developing and updating the Center Master Plan, preservation compliance, real property management, project integration, coordination of projects supporting Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, and managing the Center’s institutional Capital Investment Program Plan.
From 2006 to 2008, Hicks was the project manager for implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) at Marshall. She also served as Marshall’s senior representative to the Agency team for designing, testing and implementing the processes to support HSPD-12.
From 2005 to 2006, Hicks served in two positions in the Engineering Directorate's Instrument and Payload Systems Department.
Hicks has received numerous awards over her 30-year career at Marshall including the Center Director’s Commendation, NASA Certificate of Appreciation, NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA Special Service Award, Sustained Superior Performance Awards, Group Achievement Awards, Special Service Awards, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the Federal Women’s Program Outstanding Supervisor Award. She was also Treasurer of the Marshall Association (2003 - 2004).
Between 1994-1997, Hicks contributed to multiple published works on subjects relating to phthalocyanine thin films as well as optical computers and space technology.
Hicks earned a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Prior to graduation, she was a co-operative education student at MSFC.
She is an active member of a graduate sorority where she serves in her local community. She is married to Gregory L. Hicks, and they have 2 adult children, Bayleigh and Brandon.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer NASA Michoud Assembly Facility
Malcolm W. Wood is the deputy chief operating officer of NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Named to the position in 2007, he manages the day-to-day operations of NASA's only manufacturing facility. Sitting on 832 acres, Michoud is a multi-tenant manufacturing facility, where development of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft are underway. SLS, the world’s most powerful rocket will carry astronauts in the Orion crew vehicle, science experiments and cargo on deep-space missions, including journeys to Mars.
Michoud played an historic role in producing the Apollo Program Saturn V first stage booster that launched U.S. astronauts to the moon and the Space Shuttle Program external fuel tanks that helped power the shuttles toward orbit for over 30 years. Today, Michoud is a diverse, state-of-the-art facility, housing NASA future program development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Finance Center, U.S. Coast Guard Base New Orleans and several commercial endeavors.
Prior to his arrival with NASA, Wood was director of Lockheed Martin's Facility Operations group at Michoud. For 27 years, he led the efforts to operate the Michoud infrastructure, responsible for 400 engineers, administrative and craft persons to manage, maintain and operate the facility.
During his career Wood has received numerous awards and honors. In 2005, he received the NASA Bravery Medal for his outstanding leadership during the recovery efforts at Michoud following Hurricane Katrina. He received the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy in 1987, for outstanding work on the Space Shuttle External Tank Project. He is a U.S. Navy veteran serving aboard the destroyer Forrest Royal and the aircraft carrier Franklin Roosevelt.
A native of Mississippi, Wood received a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Southern Mississippi University.
He and his wife, the former Mary Dyle of Pearl River County, Mississippi, reside in Picayune, Mississippi and have three grown children, sons Matthew and Christopher, and a daughter Kristen.