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Resume of Steven L. Gorden

Cookeville, TN 38506 –

I am an Engineering Manager and demonstrated technical leader at four different companies, showing professional growth in each.  I have over 25 years of experience in manned space flight and am able to build and lead teams by fostering cooperation between Design Engineering, Production, Quality, Purchasing, Customers, Suppliers, and Business Support organizations.  I am an individual contributor in Systems Engineering, Fluid System Design, Quality Engineering & Control, Wind Turbine Generator design, Edge Welded Bellow products, and Propulsion Systems.


  • ·     Expert level Systems Engineering experience, with specialty in NASA manned space flight requirements interpretation and implementation, including the Preliminary and Critical Design Review processes.
  • ·     Extensive experience in blueprint and requirement specification derivation, interpretation, and implementation.
  • ·     Extensive experience with stage gate design processes and all applicable deliverables.
  • ·     Technical background in NASA Space Shuttle integrated test and launch activities, with specialization in hydraulic and hypergolic fuel fluid systems.
  • ·     Experienced leader and manager for diverse groups of up to 170 engineers, scientists, and technicians.
  • ·     Experience with management/leadership of personnel in a global matrix relationship.
  • ·     Experienced in investigation of incidents, accidents, and hardware/system anomalies including Root Cause Analysis. 
  • ·     Certified Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt from the George Group.
  • ·     Experienced in developing processes, and procedures to help organizations successfully obtain and maintain ISO9001, AS9100, and OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certifications.
  • ·     Demonstrated Public Speaking experience including Level I Flight Readiness Review (FRR) presentations of technical design changes and system anomalies to large groups of NASA and aerospace industry leaders.
  • ·     Have held numerous technical leadership roles:  Flight and Ground hardware Change Control Board Chairman, Post Flight Assessment Team Chairman, Standing Accident Investigation Team Chairman, Anomaly Resolution Team Chairman, Material Review Board Chairman, Software Engineering Review Group, and Booster Launch Operations Center Manager for Space Shuttle Launch activities.


  • ·     M.S. Engineering Administration – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
  • ·     B.S. Engineering – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida


BOA Aerospace, Flexial Corporation – Cookeville, Tennessee

Director of Engineering (04/2013 to Present)

Reports to the President and CEO and works closely with the other functional leaders in the company and its parent company, including those in Production, Quality, Sales, Marketing, and Project Management.

Technically and administratively responsible for all design and validation engineering functions in this multi-portfolio production facility. Product lines run the gamut from industrial plumbing and deep sea oil & gas products, to commercial aircraft hydraulic system components, to deep space vehicle components. 

Also has responsibility for the test and engineering laboratories, including the test engineers and technicians. Testing includes the acceptance testing of all products and qualification testing for flight hydraulic accumulators and reservoirs. Company specialty is edge welded bellow products of all kinds. Processes include press operations, machining, cleaning, passivation, TIG and Plasma welding, assembly, and test.

Working director who also designs components, tooling, and test equipment and performs laboratory testing and analysis of designs.

Vestas Turbines R&D Americas – Louisville, Colorado

US Regional Director – Engineering Integration (10/2010 to 12/2012)

As Regional Director was responsible for building and managing a local team divided into functional responsibility areas who take part in local and global Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) development projects.  Member of the worksite leadership team.  Vestas has ceased all R&D activities in the US and China, thus position ended 12/31/2012. 

Senior Specialist –Engineering Integration Chief Engineer’s Office (09/2012 to 12/2012)

As Senior Specialist was responsible for technical review of all WTG Module Design deliverables for proper level of quality and design rigor, and identification and control of critical system interfaces.  Responsible for Technical roadmaps for Cooling & Conditioning, Fire Protection, Internal Power, and Transportation and Handling Solution Systems.  Chief’s office has highest level of technical authority in Engineering Integration.

Global Director –Systems Integration (10/2011 to 09/2012)

As Global Director of Systems Integration was responsible for daily performance of globally located Systems Integration department with personnel in China, India, Denmark, and the US charted with improving quality of Turbines R&D technical deliverables and product design through implementation of Systems Engineering and Integration principals.

Jacobs Technology Inc. ESTS Group – Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama

Deputy Director – Propulsion Systems (06/2008 to 10/2010)

Responsible for directing, planning, and organizing the Engineering, Science, and Technical Services (ESTS) Group Propulsion Systems directorate consisting of approximately 170 employees.  ESTS Group was prime service contract to NASA, providing technical support to all NASA contracts including Space Shuttle, Constellation Program, Ares, and Orion crew capsule.  Used technical expertise to provide guidance, input, review, and assistance to employees on technical tasks within the Directorate.  Assisted in overall operations of the department, develops and implements plans, determined personnel requirements, recruited and assigned personnel.  Provided employee counseling, complied with EEO/AA programs, and made personnel related recommendations.  Prepared resource estimates, allocated and controlled resource utilization, and complied with budget limitations.  Served on the ESTS contract executive steering committee and configuration control board.  Developed, coordinated, and implemented Jacobs Technology and ESTS Group policies and procedures.  Supported business development activities of the Company, Group, and customer.  Implemented, and assured compliance with ESTS management, safety, and housekeeping standards.  Provided technical expert opinion on several independent oversight “greybeard” teams.

Team Lead/Task Lead – Solid and Hybrid Propulsion Systems (05/2007 to 06/2008)

Administrative Responsibility: Provided leadership for diverse group of engineers and scientists from Jacobs, seven team mate companies, specialty sub-contractors, and independent consultants.  Duties included preparation of Task Order Plans, Statements of Work, Purchase Orders, Monthly Activity Reports, Monthly Financial Statements, recruiting, performance appraisals, timecard and travel approval, and customer communication.  Responsible for budget and schedule of 25 employees. 

Technical Responsibility: Provided technical support for Space Shuttle, Ares I, and Ares V Reusable Solid Rocket Booster (RSRB) Projects.  Provided support to requirements definition and flow down.    Conducted independent assessments necessary to effectively evaluate motor systems.  Evaluated flight system program risks and provide recommendations for risk mitigation.  Provided assessments of designs, including impacts of changes to system performance, identification of the technical risks associated with the design, and identification of any safety concerns regarding the design.  Provided support for trade studies and issue resolution.  Supported the development of system, element, and component level test plans, and their execution.  Developed interface requirements and provided planning to support booster and motor manufacturing and subsequent integration.  Supported Space Shuttle Launch Countdown and post flight assessment for the Space Shuttle RSRB hardware and systems.

United Space Alliance, SRB Element – Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Manager II, Systems Engineering – Design Engineering (11/2005 to 05/2007)

Manager of Systems Engineering, made up of Mechanical & Pyrotechnic Systems, Flight Systems Assessment and Electrical & Control Systems departments.  Overall responsibility for personnel, budget, and schedule for 35 employees.  Responsibility also included Booster Launch Operations Center (BLOC) manager, manager of SRB Post Flight Assessment Team, Design Engineering representative on the Change Control Board, Material Review Board Chair, Primary Level I FRR presenter, and Chairman of a corporate level Standing Accident Investigation Board.

SRB Technical Authority – SRB Chief Engineer’s Office (07/2004 to 11/2005)

Represented the SRB Chief Engineer by leading and coordinating the resolution of technical issues and flight hardware design projects.  Responsibility included Chairman of the SRB Change Control Board, Chairman of the Anomaly Resolution Panel and Material Review Board Chair.  Sitting member of the Software Engineering Review Group.

Manager of Flight Systems Assessment – SRB Chief Engineer’s Office (04/2000 to 07/2004)

Responsible for the technical and administrative direction of the Flight Systems Assessment group.  Provided technical direction in the assessment of SRB hardware and software design changes, non-conformances, and other technical issues in support of Certification of Flight Readiness (CoFR).  Managed the preparation of FRR presentations and ensure sufficient detail is provided for Senior NASA and USA management to make decisions on Space Shuttle launch readiness.  Delivered oral FRR presentations to Senior NASA and NASA Contractor upper management in support of the CoFR process.  Assisted the SRB Chief Engineer by leading, supporting, and/or coordinating the resolution of technical issues.   

Senior Design Engineer – TVC and Pyrotechnics Design Engineering (10/1999 to 04/2000)

Design Engineer for the Space Shuttle SRB Thrust Vector Control (TVC) System, a 3000 psi hydraulic system used to vector the Booster’s nozzles, providing 80% of steering for the first two minutes of flight.  Assigned flight system components include:  fuel isolation valve, hydraulic manual shutoff valve, hydraulic accumulators, hydraulic quick disconnect (QD), fuel QD, auxiliary power unit exhaust ducts, and hydraulic pressure blocks.  Responsible for all Design engineering aspects of these components, and associated ground support equipment, throughout their life cycle.

United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney, USBI Co. – KSC, Florida

Mechanical Engineer – TVC and Pyrotechnics Design Engineering (05/1996 to 10/1999)

Responsibility same as listed above, contract transitioned to United Space Alliance.

Mechanical Engineer – Florida Engineering, Launch Support Services (08/1987 to 05/1996)

Field Engineer responsible for verification of proper assembly, integrated test, and launch processing for SRB non-motor hardware.  Verified completion of all NASA requirements specification and engineering drawing requirements.  Primary system responsibility was SRB TVC.  Responsible for all aspects of servicing, ground test, and flight operation verification for this hypergolic fuel, monomethylhydrazine (MMH), and hydraulic system.  This included ground test software verification and validation, Material Review Board, design review, real time operations support, anomaly resolution, and firing room duties during integrated testing and launch.  Also responsible for monitoring and troubleshooting of Electrical, Instrumentation, Range Safety, and Data Processing Systems during integrated test.

Quality Engineer – Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance (07/1984 to 08/1987)

Prime Quality Engineer for the structural integrity and production of the SRB forward assemblies, attach struts and pyrotechnic components.  This included assembly operations, anomaly resolution, special testing, work document preparation, and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Critical Items List (CIL) preparation.


  • ·     Recipient of NASA Astronaut’s Personal Achievement Award, “Silver Snoopy,” March 1998.
  • ·     Twenty year member of Space Shuttle Launch Management Team.
  • ·     Computer programming language familiarity includes Basic, FORTRAN, Ground Oriented Aerospace Language (GOAL), C, C++, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Python, G-Code, and HTML.
  • ·     Able to create 3D models and 2D drawings of components and assemblies using Solidworks, Pro/Engineer Wildfire/Creo, Trimble Sketchup, FreeCAD, and Microstation Computer Aided Design (CAD) software applications.
  • ·     Able to perform detailed statistical analysis of data sets using Minitab software.
  • ·     Previously held US Department of Defense Secret Clearance.


  • ·     NASA Root Cause Analysis – NASA Headquarters
  • ·     Mishap Investigation Training – Florida Safety Council
  • ·     Cognitive Interviewing Techniques – Florida International University, Dept. of Psychology
  • ·     Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC) Green Belt Training – United Space Alliance/The George Group
  • ·     Vestas Design for Six Sigma Yellow Belt – Vestas Wind Systems
  • ·     Solid Rocket Motor Internal Propulsion Ballistics – MSFC NASA/ATK Space Systems
  • ·     Federal Contract Management Essentials (FAR) Certificate– University of Alabama Huntsville
  • ·     Hydraulic Circuits and Servo Systems – University of Wisconsin
  • ·     Fundamentals of Electromechanical Actuation – University of Wisconsin
  • ·     Fundamentals of Applied Hydraulics – University of Wisconsin
  • ·     Hands On Hydraulics – National Technology Transfer
  • ·     Proposal Writing and Management – Shipley Associates
  • ·     Presentation Skills for Project Managers – University of Florida
  • ·     FRR Presentation Training – United Space Alliance Training Academy
  • ·     Effective Communication Skills – National Management Association (NMA)
  • ·     Nondestructive Testing for Management – Hellier Institute
  • ·     NMA Leadership Model – National Management Association
  • ·     Management Skills for the New or Prospective Manager – Skillpath
  • ·     Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED – American Heart Association
  • ·     Jacobs Leadership Course – Jacobs Technology Inc.
  • ·     Jacobs Technology Leadership Development Program – Jacobs Technology Inc.
  • ·     Effective Leadership  – United Space Alliance
  • ·     Integrated Production Control System Workshop – United Technologies
  • ·     Space Transportation System (STS) Pyrotechnic Devices-OS301LSC – KSC NASA
  • ·     STS Range Safety System-OS300LSC – NASA
  • ·     Orbiter Data Process System Familiarization-OV262LSC – NASA
  • ·     Orbiter Electrical Power Distribution & Control Familiarization-OV259USA – NASA
  • ·     KSC Test Conductor Qualification and Firing Room Discipline-OV246LSC – NASA
  • ·     Launch Processing System (LPS) Familiarization-OV331LSC – NASA
  • ·     LPS Data Retrieval-OV335LSC – NASA
  • ·     Operational Intercom System (OIS) Digital Operator-QG227LSC – NASA
  • ·     GOAL Orientation-OV232LSC – NASA
  • ·     Checkout, Control, and Monitoring System Console Operator Familiarization-OV334LSC – NASA


·     Additive manufacturing (3D Printing), Alpine snow skiing, billiards, mountain biking, fishing, boating, farming, small engine repair, swimming, golf, wood carving, wood turning, and guitar and piano playing.