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MEET ROBERT RASHFORD: WEBB TELESCOPE ISIM ELECTRONICS COMPARTMENT (IEC) AND OPTICAL TELESCOPE ELEMENT SIMULATOR (OSIM) PROJECT MANAGER

Robert Rashford

Robert Rashford currently serves as the manager for both IEC and OSIM as part of the James Webb Space Telescope project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

He has held the IEC position since May 2005 and the ISIM position since July 2009. In his position, Robert is responsible for the overall engineering development of the IEC and OSIM, managing the cost and budget, making sure the entire system is delivered on time and that they meet technical requirements.

Prior to this position with JWST, Robert was the Project Manager and Principal Technical Lead for the development and delivery of space flight hardware at Genesis Engineering Solutions. He was responsible for designing, developing and executing manufacturing techniques to reduce time, cost and improve product performance.

From September 1987 to January 1991, Robert served as the Structural Engineer and Project Engineer at the Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC). There he designed and developed unique spacecraft support systems for the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) Airborne Support Equipment (UASE).
Robert worked as the Design and Test Engineer at General Electric (GE) from 1983 to 1987. In this role, he designed and tested a variety of spacecrafts for both commercial and military applications.

From January 1982 to January 1983 Robert was the Design Engineer for Bechtel Corporation, where he designed a nuclear reactor support structure.
Over 20 years, Robert has managed to design a great number of highly complex engineering systems that successfully flew on board NASA’s Manned Space Flight Programs. These programs include the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Servicing Missions in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002. Also, he led the technical team during the development of similar space flight systems for key NASA missions to the International Space Station (ISS). He was a member of the Instrument Engineer team for NASA’s CoSMIR, CoSSIR and AESMIR, where he designed, studied, fabricated, integrated, tested and successfully delivered the final project.

Robert received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in Pennsylvania in 1982, as well as a Master’s in Science in Engineering and Management from the University of Maryland in 1993. He has been married to his wife for 23 years and they have four girls. He is a member if the Covenant Life Church of Gaithersburg, MD. Robert’s hobbies include playing racket ball and cooking Caribbean dishes.