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Chris Cianciola

Chris Cianciola is deputy manager of NASA’s Space Launch System Program at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In this role, he works all facets of the SLS Program, including programmatic and technical planning, procurement, development, testing, evaluation, production and operations.

An 18-year NASA veteran, Mr. Cianciola has held numerous positions, including SLS chief safety officer, the International Space Station program manager for Marshall Payload Operations, manager of the Human Exploration Development and Exploration and Space Transportation Development Office.  Mr. Cianciola also held key positions in the Constellation and Space Shuttle programs.  Mr. Cianciola also has extensive aerospace industry experience in safety and mission assurance, quality assurance, reliability and risk management.

Mr. Cianciola is a member of the Senior Executive Service and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, and a master’s degree in administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Mr. Cianciola has received numerous NASA and Marshall honors and awards, including the NASA Silver Achievement Medal, Exceptional Achievement Medal, Space Flight Honoree Award, Marshall Center Director’s Commendation and the Silver Snoopy Award.

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